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Protect Privacy of Living People on Ancestry.com

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology
J. Bradley Jansen

Don't post or share any information--especially Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of living people--that you wouldn't want shared when privacy policies change or company ownership changes--especially if it goes out of business and bankruptcy proceedings put your personal information on the selling block.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: F-F-F-Fifty?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I often say (and you've probably heard me say it), that when I started out in this business of writing songs I was twenty. Everyone else was twenty. Now I'm fifty-something and everyone else is five. I'm exaggerating about the five, but you know what I mean.

The Blurred Lines of Genetic Data: Practicality, Pleasure and Policing

Jessica Cussins | Posted 05.11.2015 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

A new rumor is spreading that Apple may be leveraging its ubiquity to encourage iPhone owners to participate in DNA testing, perhaps to bulk up the medical data-collecting capabilities of its ResearchKit.

Bully For Ancestry: The Upswing to the Mood Swing of Personal Growth

Greg Archer | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

We are never handed a "Growth Manual" when we enter this life. We often learn by observation and tend to integrate things from there--or try to. Of...

How Ancestry.Com Is Quietly Transforming Itself Into A Medical Research Juggernaut

Fusion | Daniela Hernandez | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

In 1984, a genealogy geek named John Sittner published The Source, a book meant to unearth and analyze never-before-seen records that genealogists...

Lou Szucs: Genealogical Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.31.2015 | Good News
Megan Smolenyak

That's why I count myself lucky to still have a hero in Loretto "Lou" Szucs, and I'm far from alone. Within the genealogical world, Lou is loved and respected by all and has been for decades. Today, she is retiring as Vice President of Community Relations of Ancestry.com.

Bully for Ancestry: How I Went From Glitz to the Gulags and Grew

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

I remember when it first happened. Several years ago, I was sitting across from John Travolta at a round table press interview for a film the actor ...

Bully for Ancestry: Eat, Pray, Freak Out and Expose Stalin

Greg Archer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

When you become a Northern Californian -- a true Northern Californian -- you can develop a penchant for -- how do I put this? -- spiritual things.

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

LOOK: Newly Released Documents Give Boozy Insight Into Prohibition Era

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.15.2014 | Crime

Warning: some of these images may be disturbing to those who love beer. In newly released documents and photos obtained by Ancestry.com and Newspap...

Genealogy: Tips for When You're Stuck in the 19th Century

Robin Raskin | Posted 10.06.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Every few years I get the urge to dabble in genealogy. And every few years it gets a little easier. In the early 90's it was Family Tree Maker, replete with multiple floppy disks. Ship manifests and census were just becoming available digitally. Not for the faint of heart.

My Incredible Experience With Ancestry.com

John Blumenthal | Posted 05.09.2014 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

Now that I'm over 50, I've become particularly curious about my lineage. I didn't much care about it when I was in my 20s, 30s or 40s but I now feel a strong urge to learn about my roots. Am I distantly related to Lincoln or Gandhi or Dickens or Attila the Hun? Okay, Attila the Hun might be a stretch.

The Reluctant Traveler

Helen Davey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Helen Davey

I love a good story. I especially love a good story if it's true. And most of all, I love a good story if it's true, and it's about my family. History comes alive for me when I can imagine my own relatives living in different times and places, connected to me, and yet unknown in so many ways.

Ancestry.com Reportedly Agrees To $1.6 Billion Buyout

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - An investor group led by private equity firm Permira Advisers LLP has agreed to buy genealogy website Ancestry.com Inc for about $1.6 bill...

Is Obama Now Black (Enough) Because He's White?

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 10.02.2012 | Black Voices
Marcia Dawkins

President Obama embodies and embraces tough questions about race like few others. His ever-evolving racial identity questions the construction of the color line.

Obama's Slave Roots Discovered

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 08.01.2012 | Black Voices

President Obama's ancestry has always been a hot topic. Between the birther debates that the Supreme Court dismissed last month to the country's diffe...

An Ancestral Revolution

Cheryl Wills | Posted 10.17.2011 | Black Voices
Cheryl Wills

Genealogy may seem like an innocuous hobby, but in this age of smartphones and e-Readers, more and more families are anxious to download two very basic and sometimes profound answers: Who am I and where did I come from?

Jake Bialer

How Fast Is Google's New Social Network Growing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jake Bialer | Posted 09.11.2011 | Technology

Facebook has over 750 million users. More than 200 million Twitter accounts have been created. So just how big is Google Plus, the social network Goog...

Custer's First Stand: Old West Point Applications Put Online

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

ALBANY, N.Y. — Years before leading his vastly outnumbered troops to their doom at Little Bighorn, a young George Armstrong Custer was described...

They're Related?!?

The Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Talk about awkward family reunions. Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are related, according to research done by genealogists at Ancestry.com. Odds are a...

The Ghosts of America's Past Speak

Cheryl Wills | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Wills

It's called the U.S. Immigration Collection. Americans who are eager to do more than just connect the dots in their family's tree can listen online to invaluable oral histories of their ancestors.