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A more powerful way to search

Posted by Kendall on December 28, 2007 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Thank you all for your great feedback and comments on my last post. I want to address the topics you’ve raised one by one over the next few weeks. I have to start somewhere, so today I’ll address the desire for a more powerful way to search that reduces irrelevant results. Here are a few… Read more

More questions and answers about the Online Family Tree Transition

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 26, 2007 in Family Trees

I’ve just returned to the office after a very nice holiday break, and found there are some additional outstanding questions and concerns about our OFT announcement. I’ve posted your questions and concerns (sometimes paraphrased) in bold below, with my answer or thoughts below it. Which system am I using? Do I need to do anything?… Read more

Family Tree Maker Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by Ancestry.com on December 21, 2007 in Family Tree Maker

Before the week ended I wanted to take some time to post on the Family Tree Maker blog a list of the available shortcut keys in Family Tree Maker 2008. The following shortcut keys are available in Family Tree Maker 2008.  The table below shows each shortcut key combination with its availability in version 16… Read more

Known Issues with Online Family Tree Transition

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 21, 2007 in Family Trees

We have a few bugs with the transition from Online Family Tree that we want you to be aware of. We have fixes for some of these issues, but we won’t deploy them until early January (we won’t be making new site changes during the holiday break). In the meantime there work-arounds for many of… Read more

Online Family Tree FAQs

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 21, 2007 in Family Trees

There’s been a lot of questions and concerns raised about our announcement that the Online Family Tree system is being retired. Here’s some answers to the question you may have. What is the Online Family Tree system? The Online Family Tree system was started back in about 1999. It was a great tool to build… Read more

Introducing Notes On Photos

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 20, 2007 in Family Trees

We’re also excited today to introduce a cool little tool that lets you add notes or annotations on photos. The tool is super handy for identifying people within a photo, since you can highlight an area of the photo and type in a name or description of the highlighted area. The notes only appear when… Read more

Introducing the new Family View (BETA)

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 20, 2007 in Family Trees

We’re excited today to introduce a new view option for your family tree. This new “family” view shows up to two generations of ancestors and two generations of descendants for the focus person. Also new for us on the technology side is our use of Flash to create this view, which makes it nice because… Read more

Ancestry Hints – New and Improved

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 20, 2007 in Family Trees

I mentioned Monday we had some really cool features in the works that required our Trees Service to go down for a while. It has taken longer than expected to get some kinks worked out of the system, so I apologize for building excitement and then going silent. What we’ve been working on is a… Read more

Online Family Tree Announcement

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 19, 2007 in Family Trees

***************************************************************** 12/21/2007 Note: We’ve had many questions come up in the comments section of this post. To help address these and other questions you may have, I’ve posted answers to these questions, as well as a list of known issues. –Kenny ***************************************************************** ***************************************************************** 12/26/2007 Note: I’ve created a follow-up post to address many of the… Read more

Ancestry Trees Service Will Be Down Tonight

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 17, 2007 in Family Trees

Starting at about 11:00 PM tonight (Mountain Standard Time) our Tree Service will be down—we estimate this will last a few hours. We’re doing this because we are rolling some really cool new features to the site, but this will require some down time. We’ve chosen to do this at night in order to minimize… Read more

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