Activating and Managing AncestryDNA Kits

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how to activate your AncestryDNA kit. She'll also explain the new roles of manager, collaborator, and viewer.

What's New at Ancestry: July 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Online Family Tree Sharing at Ancestry

Did you know that you do not need an Ancestry subscription to view the family trees of your cousins and other family members? They just need to invite you to view their tree. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how tree sharing works from both perspectives - sharer and shared with.

What's New at Ancestry: June 2017 Edition

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the upcoming genealogy events Ancestry will be attending. You'll also get a look new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. Then she will review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors' lives.

Estimating Dates and Places

Sometimes you find scraps of information about a person and their relatives and you want to capture that information in your family tree. But, you don't have the whole story yet. Maybe you don't know when or where they were born. Maybe you haven't uncovered a marriage date yet. Or, maybe you haven't discovered a death date or place. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how you can estimate dates and how that information can help you make new discoveries in your family tree.

Why is My Native American Ancestry Not Showing Up? | AncestryDNA

The number one questions we get asked about the AncestryDNA test is, "Why is my Native American ancestry not showing up?" Join Crista Cowan for a look at the basics of DNA inheritance. She'll also talk about some family history basics. Both of these things together will help you answer this question for yourself.

Using Ancestry.com Like A Pro

Whether you've been doing genealogy research for 20 minutes or 20 years, there are always new things to learn. Join Crista Cowan for a sneak peek into how she sets up her computer, manages her research, and records her findings. You might just pick up a tip or two that will help you use Ancestry.com like a professional.

How Do I Know I'm Right? Some Genealogy Basics

There is a lot of information out there. But how do you determine if what you have is correct ? How do you prove you are right? Ancestry Anne walks you through the basics.

Cousin Matches and DNA Circles | AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA just released version two of cousin matches and new DNA Circles. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the changes and new features. Learn where to find the help materials and scientific white papers that explain the changes. Then spend some time exploring your own DNA matches and discovering more of your story.

How to Find Pre-1850 Ancestors

Join Ancestry's own barefoot genealogist, Crista Cowan, as she shows you the answer to this week's question: How do I find my ancestors before 1850?

Common Mistakes in Genealogy

It doesn't matter if you are new to genealogy or have been doing this for a while, we've all made them -- mistakes and assumptions as we climb up our family tree. Crista will share some of the common family history research mistakes and give tips about how to avoid them.

Clean Up Your Family Tree

You can't get rid of your crazy Uncle Earl, but you can clean up your family tree in other ways. And some of you need to do so. Crista Cowan will show you how to check for obvious errors in your tree. She'll also share some quick tips for analyzing what you've collected so you can make sure you are chasing down the right ancestors and not climbing up someone else's tree.

Splitting or Combining Family Trees

One of the requests we get the most has to do with either splitting or combining family trees. Crista will walk you through how to do that in the most effective way, so you don't lose any important research.

Handling the Unexpected | AncestryDNA

Everyone has their own reasons for taking an AncestryDNA test. Some want to see their ethnic breakdown. Some want additional evidence to their genealogy paper trail. Still others are looking for clues to help break down a brick wall in their family tree. Some people take the AncestryDNA test with the intention of discovering biological family. How would you react if one of those people showed up on your DNA match list as a 1st cousin or close family member? Join Crista Cowan as she shares insights from her experiences handling unexpected results that come up in AncestryDNA match lists.

Finding the Maiden Names of Women in Your Family Tree

Join Ancestry's own barefoot genealogist, Crista Cowan, as she shows you the answer to this week's question: How do I find the maiden names of women in my family tree?

Five Reasons You Are Not Finding Your Ancestor

You have searched and searched and searched and are still coming up empty when looking for information about a particular family line. Join Crista Cowan for a look at five possible reasons why you might not be finding your ancestor. Even one of them could provide you with the spark of an idea you need to bust right through that #genealogy brick wall.

When You Can't Find a Birth Record

We all know the importance of finding documentation about the facts we put into our family tree. But, what happens when you can't find the records you need? Join Crista Cowan for a look at alternative places to find birth information.

Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree

We all make mistakes - especially when we are brand new to family history. Join Crista Cowan as she shares some best practices for identifying and correcting common mistakes in your family tree. She'll also share a few bonus tips for correcting mistakes in the trees of others.

Five Things You Can Do This Weekend to Clean Up Your Family Tree

Take a quick research time out and do a little family tree spring cleaning. Join Crista Cowan for five tips to cleaning up your family tree. You might be surprised at how it refreshes and revitalizes your family history research when you learn to look at it in a different way.

You Received Your Results. Now What? (Part One) | AncestryDNA

You took an AncestryDNA test. You waited the 6-8 weeks for your results. Now they are in. But, what does it all mean? Join Crista Cowan as she walks you through a detailed explanation of your AncestryDNA results - what does it all mean and what to do next.

Back to the Basics: Genealogy 101

Brand new to genealogy? We're so glad you're here! Pull up a chair and spend a few minutes with our very own Barefoot Genealogist as she guides you through the basics of getting started. She'll have you climbing your own family tree in no time.

Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls

Do you need help climbing over, going around or breaking through your genealogy brick wall? Join Crista Cowan as she shares some of her best tips and tricks for those tough family history challenges.

The Search for Biological Family | AncestryDNA

Many of you have taken the AncestryDNA test for the sole purpose of discovering more about your biological family. Some of you have been contacted by cousin matches who are hoping you can help them in their search. Join Crista Cowan to learn some of the tips and tricks for working with your AncestryDNA results and connecting with your DNA cousins to narrow in on those biological ancestors.

Tips For Organizing Your Family History Records

We all have the best intentions, but let's face it most of us get so excited by our finds that we end up with a mess of documents, photos and other artifacts. Ancestry Anne shares how she started sorting through piles of stuff and created a system that might help you find what you are looking for.

Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog

Much like a card catalog in a library shows you what books are available, the Ancestry Card Catalog is a listing of the databases available online. Join Crista Cowan as she shows you how to use this free resource to see what is available at Ancestry.com and how it will help your family history research.

Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Uploading Pictures and Documents

You can upload your own photos and documents to your online family tree (or through Family Tree Maker). You can attach a single picture or document to multiple people. And, in FTM you can even mark specific pieces of media private. Join Crista Cowan for this episode of The Barefoot Genealogist and she will show you how to do all of these things.

More Tips for Identifying Biological Family | AncestryDNA

Join Crista Cowan for a look at a case study of an adoptee trying to locate biological family. Crista will share tips and tricks for getting the most out of your AncestryDNA results, Ancestry tree building software, and records to assist in this process. This session will be useful for anyone working with AncestryDNA matches, even if you aren't adopted.

An Introduction | Genealogical Proof Standard | Ancestry

Ready to take your genealogy skills to the next level? "Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy. In order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as "proved." Acceptable conclusions, therefore, meet the Genealogical Proof Standard." (Board for Certification of Genealogists) Join Crista Cowan for an introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Possible Relationships | AncestryDNA

Your AncestryDNA test results contain a list of Cousin Matches. Join Crista Cowan for a look at each of the possible categories of matches and what the possible relationships are in each.

Cousins Marrying Cousins? Don't Duplicate People in Your Family Tree

If you haven't encountered it yet, you will. Many of our ancestors came from a time and place where there just were not that many marriage partners to choose from. So, cousins marrying cousins was a pretty common occurrence. Join Crista Cowan as she shows you how to handle "pedigree collapse" in your own family tree without creating duplicates of the same people.

Timely Tips to Trim the Family Tree

"Who do I include in my family tree?" We get asked that question every single day. Join Crista Cowan for a discussion about who to include, who not to include and how to keep all of that information manageable.

What Do I Enter Into My Family Tree? Resolving Conflicting Evidence

If you've been doing family history for any length of time, you've come across conflicting evidence. Family names spelled different ways in different records. Ages and birthplaces varying wildly from census to census. That inevitably leads to the question - what do I enter in my family tree? Join Crista Cowan for a look at recording and resolving conflicting evidence.

Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census

Many of you know that the 1890 U.S. Federal Census was mostly destroyed by fire. Crista will show you other records available to help fill in the 20 year gap between the 1880 and 1900 censuses.

Resources for African American Genealogy Research

Ancestry.com has a lot of resources available for African American genealogy research. Join Crista Cowan as she highlights some of these collections and shares some tips and tricks for making use of these records. For more in this series check out the following videos. Quick Tips for African American Family History Research: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtN_f0jcwFM Solving African American Family History Research Challenges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjrNuk9dY7Q

Enhance Your Research with Ancestry's New LifeStory

Ancestry recently unveiled new features to help make your family history story more visible. Join Crista Cowan for a tour of the Events and LifeStory sections of the site, learn what is where and how this new experience can help enhance both your genealogical research and your storytelling skills.

Common Mistakes in Genealogy (Part 2)

It doesn't matter if you are new to genealogy or have been doing this for years, we've all made mistakes and assumptions as we climb our family tree. Join Crista Cowan as she shares some of the most common family history research mistakes and gives tips about how to avoid them. (You can view part one of this presentation here: http://ancstry.me/WHAlsk)

When You Can't Find a Marriage Record

We all know the importance of finding documentation about the facts we put into our family tree. But, what happens when you can't find the marriage records you need? Join Crista Cowan for a look at alternative places to find marriage information.

Googling Your Family History

You can search the internet from within your family tree. Join Crista Cowan to learn about crafting internet searches that will help you uncover information about your ancestors around the internet. As a bonus tip, she will share the best practice for saving this information to your family tree.

Free Records Available on Ancestry.com

Did you know that there are hundreds of free databases available on Ancestry.com? Join Crista Cowan for a look at the records available to you even without a current subscription. She'll show you how to access them, how to search them, and how to attach them to your tree. She'll also share some tips for making note of what you want to search the next time you renew your subscription.

Crafting a Solid Search on Ancestry.com

Learn the ins-and-outs of crafting a solid search at Ancestry.com as family historian and Search Product Manager, Ancestry Anne, answers a member question and provides a slew of answers. Airing live @ 3PM EST and 12 Noon PST, Thursday October 20.

Merging Duplicates In Your Family Tree

Have you accidentally added the same person into your family tree more than once? Maybe you just figured out that your mom's aunt Sally married a man who happens to be your dad's 2nd cousin. Whether you need to fix mistakes or untangle a family wreath, join Crista Cowan as she shares how to use the new "merge duplicates" feature in your Ancestry.com online family tree.

FAQ 2 - Ethnicity and Matching | AncestryDNA

It's been three and a half years since we launched AncestryDNA. There are now more than a million people in our database and new cousin connections being made every day. Join Crista Cowan and Anna Swayne as they revisit some AncestryDNA frequently asked questions, specifically around ethnicity and matching.

Genealogy Source Checklists

You get those shaky leaf hints and then you do a few searches. But, with more than 15 billion records now available online at Ancestry.com and billions more available at archives, libraries and courthouses around the world, how do you know when you've done a "reasonably exhaustive search?" How do you even know what records you should be looking for to document the lives of your ancestors? Join Crista Cowan for a look at WHY you want to create a source checklist. Then she'll share one of her own and an example of how she uses it. If you're inspired to create your own, we've love to have you share them here.

You Received Your Results. Now What? (Part Two) | AncestryDNA

You took an AncestryDNA test. You waited the 6-8 weeks for your results. Now they are in. But, what does it all mean? Join Crista Cowan as she walks you through a detailed explanation of your AncestryDNA results - what does it all mean and what to do next.

Ways To Clean Up Your Family Tree

Similar to having a clean home, having a clean family tree, can make things calmer and happier. It can also make it easier to find things, easier to know where things go, and easier to acquire new things. Join Crista Cowan for a look at some simple ways to clean up your family tree.

Maximize Your Search Time on Ancestry.com

As much as we'd like to spend all day researching our family history, the reality is that we have limited time. Join Crista Cowan for her best tips and tricks for maximizing your search time on Ancestry.com.

Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

Have ancestors from Germany? Join Crista Cowan as she shows you how to get started in German research, what tools you need access to, and how to find out what German records are available on Ancestry.com.

Citing Your Sources Can Be Fun!

Ancestry Anne explains why you really do want to cite your sources and shows you the basics on how to do it. Following a few basic steps will save yourself lots of grief in the future.

Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf

We all love to see that shaky leaf pop up in our online tree. It often leads us to census records or draft cards that provide more information about our family history. But, did you know that there is more available? Join Crista Cowan as she explains how hints are generated and what your next steps should be in order to make sure you are climbing your family tree and not that of another family.

How It Can Help With Genealogy Brick Walls | AncestryDNA

You took an AncestryDNA test. Now how do you use all of those cousin matches to break through some of your genealogy brick walls? Join Crista Cowan as she walks you through the tools and processes she uses to find information about common ancestors among her matches.