Ancestry® Family History Learning Hub


Ancestry® Family History Learning Hub


Ancestry® Family History
Learning Hub

Curiosity CenterAncestry Family History Learning Hub

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

Immigration Records

The history of immigration is filled with some of the most hopeful stories of humanity—and some of the most tragic. Millions of immigrants ventured to North America over the centuries in search of economic opportunity, land ownership, religious freedom, and a better quality of life.

Explore Ancestry collections of immigration records.

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California Gold Rush

The discovery of gold in California in 1848 set off one of the largest mass migrations in North American history and forever changed the social and economic makeup of the region. Explore records from the California Gold Rush years on Ancestry.

Learn more about the California Gold Rush

U.S. Military Records

Some war stories get passed down through generations, others may never have been shared, and still more are likely to have been lost over time. When you dive into the Ancestry military record collections, you can gain new insights into your family history about an individual's involvement in serving their country.

Learn more about U.S. Military Records

Occupations and Job Histories

How much do you know about what your ancestors did for a living? Exploring an ancestor’s job history can provide so much more than just the cold, hard facts about the person. Discovering more about your ancestors is a thrilling and often introspective pursuit.

Learn more about Occupations and Job Histories

Railroad Job Records

Throughout the 19th century, railroads became a vital method of transportation in the United States—for goods and people. If your ancestors worked on the railroads, they laid the tracks of your family history.

Learn more about Railroad Job Records

Getting Started with 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.

AncestryDNA® Traits

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

Curiosity Center

Curious but not sure where to start? Find insights, inspiration, and inroads to help you make your own discoveries.