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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

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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

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

Curious about science and your DNA? Here’s a list of key terms and topics to help you better understand your genetics.

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