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Ancestry Day

Uncover your family's history and honor your heritage this Ancestry Day. Discover new connections and stories waiting to be told.
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Are you curious about your family's history and heritage? Then get excited for Ancestry Day on January 2! This day is all about celebrating and learning more about our roots, from the traditions and customs of our ancestors to the stories and journeys that brought us to where we are today. Did you know that genealogy research has become one of the most popular hobbies in recent years? Thanks to modern technology, it's easier than ever to uncover fascinating details about our family history. So let's dive in and discover what makes us who we are!

History of Ancestry Day

Ancestry Day Dates

Ancestry Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1538</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Parish Registers</div><div class='timeline-text'>In England, Thomas Cromwell orders the keeping of parish registers, marking the official start of genealogical record-keeping.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1880</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>US Census Accessibility</div><div class='timeline-text'>The release of public records from the 1880 US census provides a significant resource for genealogical research in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1942</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Foundation of AGRA</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the United Kingdom, the Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AGRA) is founded to support professional standards in genealogy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1953</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of Roots</div><div class='timeline-text'>The publication of Alex Haley's "Roots" sparks a surge in interest in genealogy and inspired many to look into their own ancestry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'> Goes Online</div><div class='timeline-text'>, a genealogy website offering access to billions of historical records, is launched, making family history research more accessible.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Advent of Genetic Genealogy</div><div class='timeline-text'>DNA tests for genealogy become widely available, revolutionizing how people trace their ancestors by looking into their genetic heritage.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Ancestry Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a family tree</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your family together and create a family tree. This is a great way to learn more about your ancestors and their history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a trip to your ancestral homeland</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you know where your ancestors came from, plan a trip to that country or city. It will be a meaningful and educational experience to walk in your ancestors' footsteps.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an ancestry-themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over for an ancestry-themed party. Serve traditional dishes from your ancestral culture and have everyone share stories about their family history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Join an ancestry research group</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Joining a group of others who are also interested in researching their ancestry can be a fun and informative way to celebrate Ancestry Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a traditional family recipe book</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather all of your family's favorite recipes, especially those passed down through generations, and compile them into a family recipe book. This will be a special keepsake for future generations to enjoy.</p></div></div>

Why Ancestry Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps us understand our roots</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Ancestry Day is an important reminder to connect with our past and learn about where we come from. It allows us to discover the stories of our ancestors, their struggles and triumphs, which in turn can help shape our own identities.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes cultural understanding</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By learning about our family's heritage, we can also gain a better understanding of different cultures and traditions. This can lead to greater empathy and appreciation for diversity in today's society.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps us preserve history</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Ancestry Day encourages us to document and preserve the memories and stories of our family members for future generations. By doing so, we are able to keep the legacy of our ancestors alive and pass down important information about our familial origins.</p></div></div>

5 Interesting Facts About Family Trees

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Genealogy is the second-most popular hobby in the U.S.</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to ABC news, genealogy follows right behind gardening as America's favorite pastime. People enjoy discovering unknown ancestors and patching together their history.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The world's largest family tree includes 13 million people</h3><p class='facts-content'>Researchers from the genealogical website developed a publicly available family tree, which includes 13 million linked individuals. This impressive initiative shows just how interconnected we all are.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Family trees are not always tree-shaped</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although we tend to think of family trees in terms of branches depicting parents and children, families come in all shapes and sizes. Some genealogy charts represent this diversity, featuring circular or hourglass shapes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>DNA testing can enhance your family tree research</h3><p class='facts-content'>Modern DNA testing can help verify familial connections, estimate ancestry origins, reveal ethnic mixes, and even facilitate connections to living relatives. Millions of people have used these tests to add another layer of understanding to their family history.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Family History Libraries are incredible resources</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Family History Library, run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is the largest genealogical library in the world and provides access to many collections of records, with resources from over 110 countries.</p></div></div>

Ancestry Day FAQs

When is Ancestry Day?

Ancestry Day is celebrated on January 2 every year. In 2024 Ancestry Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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