Collaborating with others who are also researching your ancestors can provide truly amazing experiences. Here are just a couple experiences I heard about from two Ancestry.com members in the last couple weeks.
- One member whose grandmother was adopted and had never known her mother was contacted by a descendant of his grandmother’s brother and his family received the first photo of his great-grandmother they’d ever seen.
- Another member was sent a box of civil war records about his wife’s great-great-great-grandfather from a member who picked them up at a yard sale and recognized that they related to his family.
I think we can all learn more about our own family history by connecting and collaborating with others who are also researching our ancestors.
There are millions of people researching their family histories on Ancestry.com and some of them are likely researching the same people you are. We are working on a new feature called Member Connect that we will be releasing later this summer to help make it easier to find, connect with, and collaborate with these other members.
Member Connect allows you to:
- Connect with other members through historical records about your ancestors. When you find an historical record for one of your ancestors, you’ll also be able to see who else has saved the record or made comments or corrections.
- Build a network in your Ancestry Member Tree of other members researching your ancestors. We’ll suggest connections based on matches for your ancestor in other public member trees, but you decide which members you want to connect with. If you connect you can compare their tree with yours, share research, and stay up to date on the new research they do in the future.
- Get notified about any new research activity about your ancestors on the site. You’ll get a list of the specific research activity on the site that applies to your ancestors. This could be a notification that someone has added a comment or correction to a record about your great-grandfather that you’ve saved. Or it could be a new photo that a member you’ve connected with added to your common ancestor in their public member tree.
We are excited about Member Connect and hope that it will help you make new valuable connections and discoveries in your family history research. If you’d like to learn more, click here.
Here’s a snapshot of what your new homepage will look like when Member Connect launches: