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U.S. Content Update: Is Ancestry.com Slowing Down on U.S. Content? Nope!

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 26, 2009 in Content

I’ve been hearing from customers who are concerned that U.S. content releases are slowing down.  While I have responded in various forums to these concerns, I’d like to post a more official response here. The concern stems, I believe, from the format of the Genealogy Databases Posted or Updated Recently list on Ancestry.com.  This list… Read more

Site Maintenance Wednesday morning

Posted by Eric Shoup on February 24, 2009 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

The first two parts of our 3-part upgrade of the Member Trees system have completed without requiring any downtime.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are spending a lot of effort behind-the-scenes to upgrade this system so that it will continue to meet customer needs as it grows.  As part of this effort,… Read more

How can I include more generations in my family history book?

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 24, 2009 in Ancestry.com Site

One of the most frequent comments I hear from Ancestry.com members is, “My family tree goes back eight (or ten or twelve) generations, and I want to include all of them in my family history book.” So just to clear up any confusion: When you create a MyCanvas family history book, you have to START… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Crystal, Wood and a Purple Shawl

Posted by Michelle Pfister on February 23, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

I’ve always loved wood and crystal. My grandmother loved crystal, and my grandfather worked  with wood. I didn’t know either of their passions until I told my mother about my two favorite things: crystal and wood. As a working woman in the Internet space, I was intrigued to learn of another connection. My grandmother ran… Read more

Site Maintenance Tuesday morning

Posted by Eric Shoup on February 23, 2009 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

The first part of our 3-part upgrade of the Member Trees system completed successfully on Friday without requiring any downtime.  As I mentioned last week, we are spending a lot of effort behind-the-scenes to upgrade this system so that it will continue to meet customer needs as it grows.  As part of this effort, we… Read more

Planned Maintenance this Friday morning

Posted by Eric Shoup on February 19, 2009 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

Our online Member Trees system continues to grow extremely fast.  We are spending a lot of effort behind-the-scenes to upgrade this system so that it will continue to meet customer needs as it grows.  As part of this effort, we will be upgrading some software on the servers that house this system.  These servers also… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Creating a Calendar

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on February 17, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

The 2009 Software Update includes a monthly calendar that can display all the birthdays and wedding anniversaries in your tree. To make your own calendar: Go to the Collection tab in the Publish workspace. In Publication Types, click Other. Double-click Calendar Report, or select its icon and then click the Detail tab. To customize the… Read more

Ancestry.com Reveals the Sweetest Valentines in America’s Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 13, 2009 in Content

Valentine Roses, Chocolate Cherry and Rose Bouquet may all sound like perfect gifts for that special someone this Valentine’s Day, but historical records found on our site show they were actually names of real people. Here’s just a sampling of the names our team uncovered: Valentine Day (WWI Draft Card) Mary A Valentine (1930 Census)… Read more

More About Slave Records on Ancestry

Posted by Lisa Arnold on February 12, 2009 in Content

I couldn’t resist poking around in the new collection of Slave Manifests on Ancestry.com which went up this week.  So what’s interesting about the new Slave Manifest records?  Plenty!  They are inbound and outbound records from the Port of New Orleans during the period of time when the Deep South was gearing up for the… Read more

Ancestry.com Launches Five New Civil War Databases in Celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 12, 2009 in Company News, Content

In commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Ancestry.com has added five new databases to its Civil War Collection. One of the databases includes the Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Library of Congress containing more than 20,000 documents such as drafts of speeches, incoming and outgoing correspondence with the president, and printed material. The Abraham Lincoln… Read more

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