NBC Today Show “Discovering Our Roots”

Posted by on August 29, 2008 in Company News

NBC’s Today Show hosted a terrific five-part series this week called “Discovering Our Roots.” All week they’ve been taking their anchors on trips to discover their family history. Maureen Taylor, a regular contributor to the Ancestry Weekly Journal, Ancestry Magazine, and author of Capturing Memories: Your Family History in Photographs was on the Today Show… Read more

U.S. Content Update: Ancestry-FamilySearch merged 1900 U.S. Census index now live…and FREE

Posted by on August 29, 2008 in Content

Just in time for FGS, the new and improved 1900 U.S. Federal Census is now live and free for a limited time, the first product of our U.S. Census agreement with FamilySearch.  So what’s new and improved about it?  Well, here are some basics: NEW IMAGES: Ancestry’s images, produced several years ago, were replaced with… Read more

Come see us at FGS 2008 in Philadelphia

Posted by on August 29, 2008 in Company News

If you’re in the Philadelphia area next week, join at the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference. We are excited for the opportunity to meet with our customers and share information about our new products and services at Stop by our booth (#403) to take advantage of our special conference offers or visit… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2009 – See an Ancestor’s Life Migration Path

Posted by Russell Hannig on August 28, 2008 in Family Tree Maker

One of the new features in Family Tree Maker 2009 is the ability to see an entire migration path for an ancestor’s life.

Message to Family Tree Maker 2008 Owners

Posted by Russell Hannig on August 28, 2008 in Family Tree Maker

For our valued Family Tree Maker 2008 customers: As we announced earlier, we’re giving our loyal Family Tree Maker 2008 customers a free upgrade to 2009. Last year around this time we released Family Tree Maker 2008. There was some initial customer dissatisfaction with the functionality in that release. We heard from customers who felt… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2009 Release

Posted by Russell Hannig on August 28, 2008 in Family Tree Maker

The Family Tree Maker team is pleased to announce the release of Family Tree Maker 2009. We are excited about the new features and user requested tools included in this version. Over the past year, we have been making patches available that include additional functionality and features that our customers have asked for. In addition,… Read more

Finding Levi S Baker (or how to use new search interface to find him)

Note, for those who have been following the last comment thread: Yes, the exact search bug was fixed over the weekend, and the fix rolled live Saturday night. Which brings me to our next discussion. Reed, who has commented a few times on my blog posts, has given us an example that wasn’t working too… Read more

Specific Database Search: Old search UI vs New Search UI

One area of importance to many of you, who have participated in the new search UI discussions, is you want to have the ability to be very specific in the searches you make when you are looking within a specific data set. I’m going to post a different example in a different category each day… Read more

Webinar link

For those of you who missed the Webinar on the new search interface, or would like to see it again, you can find it at: New Search Interface Webinar or The view archive link is at the bottom of the page. If you want to discuss the new search interface, I suggest : New… Read more

The new search interface

I’ve gone through and reread the comments that members have left on my initial search post, and I wanted to try and summarize what I am hearing, just to make sure that I understand what you are saying. I believe that the biggest problem that has been discovered is that the detailed searching on some… Read more

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