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Meeting with the nation’s archivists

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 31, 2008 in Content, Digitization

This is my first post on the Ancestry.com Blog. I work in the Content group and I’m responsible for many of the relationships with State Archives and Vital Records groups. This past week, I along with Quinton Atkinson and Brian Peterson, some of the Content group colleagues, attended a conference of the National Association of… Read more

New Ancestry.com Homepage Update

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 30, 2008 in Ancestry.com Site

In my previous post, I discussed some improvements and adjustments we were planning to make to the new home page based on your feedback.  Here is an update on those promised improvements: Quicker access to the Search box   Based on the feedback we received since my last post, we changed how we were planning to… Read more

U.S. Content Update: Maintenance to U.S. Census, Tennessee Marriages and more

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 25, 2008 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Below are some updates on maintenance of U.S. content collections on Ancestry.com: 1) As part of our partnership with FamilySearch to improve the U.S. Federal Census collection on both sites, we’ll be performing maintenance to fix many known issues with the current collection, like misspelled place names, missing counties, and missing or blurry images, among… Read more

Family Tree Maker – New Contact

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 25, 2008 in Family Tree Maker

I wanted to post a quick thank you to the Family Tree Maker community. I have decided to pursue a new career opportunity that will allow me to expand into some new career areas, so I will be leaving The Generations Network. Thank you for the opportunity to communicate with so many of you. As… Read more

Highlighting images with frames, masks and corners

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 24, 2008 in Ancestry.com Site

This month I interviewed Marie McFadden, a very talented graphic designer in our Creative Services group, in the hope that she would give up a few trade secrets. When Marie designs a page in AncestryPress, she seems to achieve a magical balance between elegance and simplicity. Her pages are always visually compelling but never kitschy… Read more

Q&A with Marie McFadden: Design tips for family history books

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 24, 2008 in Ancestry.com Site

Marie McFadden is an associate art director at Ancestry.com. She designed most of the country backgrounds in AncestryPress, as well as the “Photo Book for Mom” theme. In an interview with Stefanie Condie, Marie offers guidelines for creating a book that will make a lasting impression on your family and friends. SC: If I’m creating… Read more

Ancestry.com World Archives Project in Private Beta

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 23, 2008 in World Archives Project

We have recently released a beta version of our new public indexing initiative that we are VERY excited about! So far we have several people indexing in the new tool and giving us great feedback. We believe the project is a win-win to contributors as well as to Ancestry, and will give genealogists around the… Read more

1891 Census of Canada Now on Ancestry

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 22, 2008 in Content

Ancestry today launched the 1891 Census of Canada, online for the first time. The 1891 Canadian census contains 4.5 million searchable names and 90,000 images of original census pages. Included is information from all 10 present-day Canadian provinces and its three territories. The 1891 census is fully indexed and searchable and can be accessed on… Read more

Announcing New Search Webinar

Posted by Kendall on July 18, 2008 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

On Wednesday, July 30, at 8:30 pm ET, I will be hosting a public webinar for anyone who is interested in learning more about how to use the new search on Ancestry.com. Geared toward intermediate and advanced researchers, the webinar will focus on how to use the tools in Ancestry.com’s new search: Record Previews Image… Read more

New Ancestry.com Databases for July

Posted by Ancestry.com on July 17, 2008 in Content

We’ve added and or updated the following Ancestry.com databases between July 6 and July 11: United States Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists, 1903-1965 Alabama Census Returns, 1820 Pioneers and Their Homes on Upper Kanawha (West Virginia) Roane County, West Virginia Families The Soldiery of West Virginia West Virginia Estate Settlements American Wills and Administrations West… Read more

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