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Get the most out of the family history resources available on Ancestry and learn how to find generations of your family and their stories.

Get the most out of the family history resources available on Ancestry and learn how to find generations of your family and their stories.

The 1940 Census and Your Family at the Start of World War II

The 1940 U.S. Census captured details about Americans’ lives as of April 1, 1940. If you, like many Americans, have a relative who was living in the U.S. in 1940, this census is a valuable resource for discovering details about your family at a historically fascinating time

Read more about the 1940 U.S. Census

Church Records

With their long history and detailed information, church records can be invaluable to your genealogy research. You may discover new family members, fascinating stories about your ancestors’ community, and more.
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Featured Family History Articles

What Led To the Opening of Oklahoma Territory?

Do you have Oklahoma roots in your family tree? Join Ancestry® to explore the many historical record collections Ancestry has to offer about your family's potential involvement in the early days of Oklahoma’s history.
Learn more about the Oklahoma Land Rush.

How to Navigate Nicknames in Historical U.S. Records

When searching historical records, unfamiliar name variations can cause some interesting challenges. Remember that someone’s first name on a record may actually be a nickname.
Learn more about Nicknames

Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Americans have rarely experienced as much hardship as they did during the Great Depression. The Works Progress Administration created jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers. Find out how the New Deal and the WPA impacted your family.
Learn more about the WPA.

The African Diaspora in the Americas

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, an estimated 12.5 million Africans were taken from their homelands. Many people in the Americas may find that they have connections to Africa that they never would have imagined.
Learn more about The African Diaspora.

Featured Family History Articles

What the 1930 Mexico Census Revealed About Mexico's Population

The 1930 Mexico National Census collected fascinating data about the population. If your family was in Mexico at the time, chances are they were enumerated in the 1930 census. Learn more about the 1930 Mexico Census

The Great Depression and How It May Have Impacted Your Family

In the 1930s, the United States experienced a long economic downturn known as the Great Depression. You can learn perhaps surprising details about the challenges your family members faced. Read more about The Great Depression

Obituaries: A Window into Your Family Stories

Typically written by family or close friends, an obituary may include the names and relationships of family members. Often obituaries mention both family who survive the deceased as well as those who died previously Read more about Obituaries

Marriage Records: First Comes Love, Then Come Marriage Records

Marriage records are an important part of family history. They answer a number of questions: What was my grandmother's maiden name? Were any of my ancestors married multiple times? Read more about Marriage Records

Getting Started with Family History

Getting Started with Family HistoryGetting Started with Family History

Going Beyond Family History

Going Beyond Family History

AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

Learn how DNA can give you new details about your family history or even help you connect to your past in a deeper way.

 

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AncestryDNA® Traits

What makes you, you? Learn how certain characteristics may be passed down in your DNA.

 

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AncestryDNA® Glossary

Learn how DNA can give you new details about your family history or even help you connect to your past in a deeper way.

 

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AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

Learn how DNA can give you new details about your family history or even help you connect to your past in a deeper way.

Go to the AncestryDNA® Learning Hub

AncestryDNA® Traits

What makes you, you? Learn how certain characteristics may be passed down in your DNA.

Go to AncestryDNA® Traits Learning Hub

AncestryDNA® Glossary

Learn how DNA can give you new details about your family history or even help you connect to your past in a deeper way.

Read more