Agents of Change: Recruiting for Industrial America in 1800s
By Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG Ever wonder why your ancestors left the comforts of home to come to America? Maybe they were recruited. That’s what I discovered about mine. But finding out more about the recruiter and recruiting process was a journey in itself. How It Worked Just like sports teams do today, back in& Read more

AncestryDNA is Now Available in Australia and New Zealand
We are excited to announce that AncestryDNA is now available to purchase in Australia and New Zealand! We sold our first DNA kit in the U.S. in 2012, and since then, hundreds of thousands of people in the US and the UK & Ireland have used AncestryDNA to discover more about their family history. Now you can too.& Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Can I Trust Trees?
Hello Anne, I have a question related to using other people’s family trees on Ancestry.  This is an honest question born out of some struggles! How do you know when and if their information is accurate?  Particularly when you are researching an ancestor that is new for you and the “hints” that are provided are& Read more

Records from the Jersey Archive in the Channel Islands go online for the first time.
We are very excited to bring you two new collections as part of our web search initiative. The Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments collection covering the years 1663-1948 and The Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two covering the years 1940-1945. Both these collections will be of enormous benefit to& Read more

How Corsets Evolved in 1800s-1900s Women’s Fashion
We are fast approaching the summer season, which means shorts, ,and sandals. But you may not know that no matter the season, some of our female ancestors had to wear tightly laced corsets, numerous petticoats, hoops, and later bustles, all before modern air conditioning. Can you imagine? Im reminded of the scene in Gone With the& Read more

Where’s William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence
By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Genealogist I have been researching my husband’s family and have hit a roadblock. His great-great-great grandfather, William Weikert, came to America from Germany and settled in a community about 30 miles from us. I know he was born September 1817. I have a copy of his& Read more

Who will survive the Victorian Workhouse? The final episode of 24 Hours in The Past airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
The final and most challenging episode yet of 24 Hours in The Past sees six celebrities destitute and penniless in Victorian Britain. With no break since they were sacked from the potteries, they now have no food or shelter. In Victorian Britain that meant only one thing  the workhouse. They are stripped of their& Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (Q-Z)
Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used. Weve all seen at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you throw in the towel on that ancestor who has been eluding you, consider that& Read more

How AncestryDNA added new life to my family history research. AncestryDNA – Coming Soon to Australia.
I am privileged to work for a company that genuinely makes a difference to the lives of many thousands of people around the world. I have seen first-hand the breakthroughs, connections and family reunions that have been made possible by the records and trees available on Ancestry. Obviously, like many of you, I have used& Read more

Newly digitised collection details the haunted drinking-holes of West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom
The West Yorkshire Alehouse Licences Collection have been digitised for the first time and are exclusive to Ancestry More than 75,000 historic alehouse records included in this newly digitised collection  Haunted boozers include The Fleece Inn in Elland – home to a headless horseman named Old Leathery Coit Other weird and wonderful pub names& Read more

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Breakthrough HIV study could change course of treatment for millions
Ever since anti-retrovirals became the standard therapy for HIV in the late 1980s, physicians have agonized over the timing of when to give the drugs.While the treatment has proven effective at decreasing patients' viral load, it often comes with severe, even toxic side effects -- a worry that led global public health officials to recommend only giving the drug when a patient's white blood cell levels drop to a certain level.Read full article >>

Surprising finding from heart study: Moderate drinking may have ‘cardiotoxic’ effects in elderly hearts
Moderate drinkers who like to indulge in a glass of wine or beer with dinner have long taken comfort in the fact that most doctors believe this habit could do no harm or could even be good for your health. But a new study published Tuesday questions whether the dangers of alcohol consumption may have been misunderstood in the elderly.Read full article >>

What to do if you’re bored with water
Q: I’m trying to cut down on sugar (including low-calorie sweeteners), but I’m getting bored with plain water, which leads to me to not drinking enough. Any suggestions? A: Cutting down on sugar. Drinking more water. Two wise and commendable health goals! Read full article >>

Cutting down on meat? Be careful what you replace it with.
If you are trying to eat less meat, you have plenty of company. Our cultural tide is flowing steadily in that direction. Just look around — there are multiple best-selling books touting the benefits of plant-based eating; the Meatless Monday campaign has gone mainstream, with awareness and participation climbing rapidly over the past decade; and the word “flexitarian” is now in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (meaning “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”). Read full article >>

Barre in a bar . . . no, really
It was something Kelly Griffith always wanted to do, but when her Xtend Barre studio in Shaw flooded, she had little choice but to take her ballet-inspired workout on the road.But where? Griffith would need a space with some sort of railing for students to hold while rising into a releve. And that space would have to have enough room for 10 to 20 people to plunge into grand plie. Railing? Wide space? Bar. Read full article >>

Why there’s no need to panic over Lassa fever. It’s Ebola-like, but it’s not Ebola.
When a man returning to the United States from Liberia showed up at a New Jersey hospital earlier this week with symptoms of a viral hemorrhagic fever, public health officials feared the worst. The traveler was put in isolation and blood samples were rushed to a lab where they were tested for Ebola.Read full article >>

Did John Nash’s schizophrenia boost his ‘beautiful mind’?
Sylvia Nasar, the biographer of the late John Nash, has often said the Nobel-winning economist did not "will" himself out of schizophrenia, but instead "aged out" of the devastating mental illness. Research confirms that a small percentage of people diagnosed with schizophrenia can experience remissions, or at least diminishment in what are called the "positive" or active symptoms of schizophrenia -- hallucinations, paranoia, delusions. (Negative symptoms include social withdrawal, flat affect and problems with motivation.)Read full article >>

Medical Mysteries: Toxic chemotherapy
The memories remain so vivid that Kathy Lang Albright still goes out of her way to avoid driving past the clinic where she received her first chemotherapy treatments. When Ebola was dominating the news, just hearing about the gastrointestinal symptoms of the disease made her weep, as she recalled the hellish weeks when the aftereffects of her treatment seemed worse than the advanced colon cancer it was designed to treat.Read full article >>

Future potential of brain chip is limitless after man controls robot arm with his thoughts
Scientists at Caltech reported Thursday that they had developed an implantable chip that gave a tetraplegic man, Erik G. Sorto, the power to drink beer with a robot arm. This is just the beginning.Researchers are working on all manner of silicon-based devices that go inside the body and manipulate the body’s signals to create motion. They believe these chips will not only be able to help those with paralysis one day -- but also usher in a new era of robot adjuncts controlled by someone’s thoughts that will be able to perform all manner of jobs from lifting dangerous objects to filing papers.Read full article >>

Harvard study: Could Chinese ‘thunder god vine’ plant be cure-all for obesity?
Scientists have been scouring the world in recent decades for all manner of miracle plants that can help people slim down. As the market for weight-loss products and supplements has grown to a multi-billion-dollar industry, they've looked at dandelions, coffee and nuts, among other things. They've been cultivating an edible succulent called the caralluma fimbriata chewed by tribesmen in rural India to control their hunger during a day's hunt. And they have been trying to isolate and extract whatever it is in an African plant called hoodia, which looks like a spikey pickle, that tricks you into feeling full even if you haven't eaten a bite.Read full article >>

Could depression be an early manifestation of Parkinson’s?
One of the most puzzling mysteries for scientists studying Parkinson’s disease has been its connection to depression.Researchers have long observed that Parkinson's and depression go hand in hand. Both are associated with imbalances in brain chemistry, such as dopamine and serotonin levels. And a large percentage of people with Parkinson’s disease suffer from symptoms of depression at some point in their lives.Read full article >>

Meet the people who aren’t worried about killer robots
Let us pause in our fretting about killer robots and runaway A.I. (you know, of course, that "The Terminator" and "The Matrix" are increasingly looking like PBS "Nova" documentaries, right?) to acknowledge, with some awe and wonder, the latest robotic innovations that are helping extremely disabled people do very basic things, like drink a beer without anyone's assistance.Read full article >>

California faces a tough test to tame its unquenchable thirst for water
In the fourth year of the most severe drought in state history, Californians are finally starting to turn away from arcane rules and practices that have allowed them nearly unlimited use of water since the era of the Gold Rush.Read full article >>

This bug’s pick up line to females draws a biting response: Death
The male katydid is a cute little fellow that looks a lot like Disney's Jiminy Cricket. It has an enchanting mating chirp that, some people say, sounds like its name. "Katy-did. Katy-didn't."But new research shows that the lyrics of another love song, "What I Did for Love," with the famous first line, "Kiss the day goodbye," is probably a better translation. As soon as a male katydid calls out, species of neo-tropical bats that pick prey off twigs and leaves launch, trace the sound to the singers with their huge ears, and crush their hopes of luring a mate one powerful bite at a time.Read full article >>

Cancer charities scam: 5 reasons why it took the feds so long to catch on
The Federal Trade Commission's civil complaint against a group of four cancer philanthropies alleging that they bilked donors out of $187 million sent a chill through the nonprofit community. The government alleged that the scheme was run by a single family through charities known as the Cancer Fund of America, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Breast Cancer Research Society. For many industry insiders, the fact that the scheme was able to go on for so long -- for four years from 2008 to 2012 -- was more alarming than the misdeeds themselves.Read full article >>

Why giant pandas have to eat and poop all day
Giant pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, and they've been doing that for about 2 million years.So it's quite curious that their gut bacteria isn't really equipped to process all that plant matter. In fact, the animals only digest about 17 percent of the nearly 30 pounds of bamboo they eat throughout the day, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Society for Microbiology's open-access journal, mBio.Read full article >>

You may not have to drink that nasty liquid before your colonoscopy
There is general agreement that colonoscopies save lives. About 140,000 people will come down with colon or rectal cancers this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and about 50,000 people will die from those diseases.Read full article >>

How to cure a workout hangover
Beach season is right around the corner and you’re hustling to get your bottom into shape. Problem is, you started late, ramped up fast and now you’re hurtin’. So, what to do about this type of post-exercise pain — often referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)? Read full article >>

Would you like sunscreen with that?
You won't be surprised that few of us regularly use sunscreen on our faces and other exposed skin, but the actual numbers are pretty alarming. In a survey released Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that just 14.3 percent of men and 29.9 percent of women say they regularly apply sunscreen to both their faces and other places like hands and arms.Read full article >>

3-D printed human skin is L’Oreal’s next big thing, and it’s not creepy at all
Bioprinted human skin has been on the scene for some time, but L'Oreal -- yes, the cosmetics company -- is hoping to get into the game.The French beauty juggernaut announced recently that it is partnering with Organovo, a 3-D human tissue company, to print tons of the stuff to facilitate animal-free cosmetics testing.Read full article >>