Tree Dwellers?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 31, 2008 in Ancestry Magazine

Was there ever a more perfect day than Halloween for a cemetery shot? This photo was forwarded to Ancestry magazine by subscriber, Lisbeth Schoenfeld Rogers. “I was visiting my sister in New York and I took a drive to the cemetery in Orange [New Jersey] because I have ancestors buried there by the name of… Read more

Introducing the “Ancestry Toolbar”

Posted by Kenny Freestone on October 30, 2008 in Family Trees

We’re excited to introduce a new tool which will help you find information from across the web and organize it back inside your family tree on Ancestry. What is it? It’s called the “Ancestry Toolbar”.  It’s a toolbar you can install and add to your browser (If you use IE or Firefox), adding an instant… Read more

New Jewish Family History Collection on

Posted by on October 29, 2008 in Company News, Content

  Today introduced the world’s largest online collection of Jewish family history records, with more than 26 million records documenting Jewish life. has partnered with two leading organizations committed to the preservation of Jewish heritage – JewishGen, an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in… Read more

Focusing your search with the collections options

We have over 26,000 collections of data and records that we search every time you press a search button. By choosing a specific nationality or ethnicity, we will give the collections that we know to have data pertinent to that nationality or ethnicity a little more weight. So if you are searching for someone you… Read more

New! Improved! Customize Your Homepage!

Posted by on October 27, 2008 in Site

Today we rolled out an update to the logged-in homepage that we are really excited about. You can now add and remove sections from your homepage, as well as re-order them.  So you can create a page that is customized to how you use the site and to your style of research. Just click the… Read more

Welcome to’s new and improved publishing service

Posted by on October 17, 2008 in Site

Change can be painful, as I was reminded last weekend when an early snowstorm abruptly ended a stretch of lovely fall weather. As a new homeowner, I was surprised to learn that turning on a gas furnace is more complicated than pushing a button. I was so afraid of blowing myself up by tinkering with… Read more

Q&A with Kelvin Hulet: What to expect from MyCanvas

Posted by on October 16, 2008 in Site

Kelvin Hulet is principal product manager for MyCanvas (formerly AncestryPress). In this interview, he explains how Ancestry’s online publishing service has evolved — and how you can make the most of it. Q. AncestryPress was just relaunched under the name MyCanvas. How will the change from AncestryPress to MyCanvas affect current AncestryPress users? What the… Read more

Hot Keys in the New Search User Interface

You might find these useful as your searching in the new search interface: If you press ‘n’, you will see a brand new search form pop up over your browser. If you press ‘r’, you will see a search form pre-populated with the data you just searched on. You can also walk through the previews… Read more

Join Us in a Webinar on the World Archives Project, Our New Community Indexing Program

Posted by on October 8, 2008 in World Archives Project

On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, at 8 pm EDT, will be sponsoring a webinar on its new World Archives Project. Learn more about’s new community indexing program that gives people around the world the opportunity to save historical records important to them. Register for the webinar here.

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