Family Tree Maker 2009 Beta Test

Posted by on June 30, 2008 in Family Tree Maker

We are now taking applicants for the Family Tree Maker 2009 beta test. We are looking for testers that are willing to find and report any bugs as well as give input into features and direction.  If you are interested in being a volunteer beta tester please fill out the screening questions at the following… Read more

More on’s New Search

Posted by Kendall on June 29, 2008 in Site, Searching for Records

My last post about our new search received a number of comments from concerned readers about the new search experience.  I’d like to address some of them in this post. Before I begin, I think that it is important to explain that most people really like the new search interface.  According to our research, over… Read more

U.S. Content Update: Ancestry now digitizing onsite at NARA

Posted by on June 27, 2008 in Site, Content

For years we’ve been purchasing and digitizing microfilm publications from The National Archives, such as the U.S. Federal Census, passenger lists, and naturalization records. Upon completion, each digitized collection is then published on, making it possible for subscribers to access these records online at home, or wherever they connect to the internet. Some of… Read more

Ancestry celebrates 25 years!

Posted by on June 25, 2008 in Site, Company News, Content

At the National Genealogical Society Conference in Kansas City a few weeks ago, Ancestry celebrated its 25th Anniversary! Maybe you’re thinking: “Wait a minute the website hasn’t been around that long!” You would be absolutely right. The company was actually incorporated as Ancestry, Inc., a genealogical book publishing company. Since 1983, Ancestry has published… Read more Doubles its Historical Newspaper Collection

Posted by on June 12, 2008 in Site, Company News, Content

We doubled the size of our historical newspaper collection – adding a billion names and 20 million images. Different than census or other types of records, newspapers can add context through breaking news, gossip columns, entertainment listings, advertisements and much more. As we dug into the collection, we found stories of local town heroes –… Read more

Wow, grandpa, you used to have hair! Got Yearbooks?

Posted by Lisa Arnold on June 12, 2008 in Site, Content

What’s the first thing you do when you get your hands on Grandpa’s yearbook? You look for his picture, right? You want to see what he looked like as a teenager. What did the other kids look like back then? What did people write in the margins to him? Were his old girlfriends in there?… Read more

Showing off your photos in AncestryPress

Posted by on June 12, 2008 in Site

I recently called my sister Brigitte, an economist at a prestigious university, to ask her advice about my mortgage. A few days later, I was in the room when my sister Heidi called Brigitte to ask whether she should refinance her townhouse. Since I had moved some of my retirement funds into “safe” assets, I… Read more

Honoring Your Fathers

Posted by Lou Szucs on June 5, 2008 in Site, Content

No matter who we are or where we came from, our dads have played a critical role in determining the kind of individuals we’ve become. With Father’s Day coming quickly, most of us are struggling to come up with the perfect way to honor the special men in our lives. Whether they are living or… Read more

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