Tips for Researching in City Directories

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 31, 2009 in Content

I received the following e-mail from an Ancestry Weekly Discovery reader and since the answer could be useful to many of you, I thought I’d answer it here. I have done extensive New York City directory research. Sometimes addresses appear with an h. for house, particularly if the person also has a business address.  But… Read more

Some updates on the enhanced image page.

More data collections launched with the enhanced image page We launched more data collections in the new enhanced image viewer yesterday. Here is the list of data collections that are currently available in the new format: 1871 Census of Canada 1870 United States Federal Census 1871 Wales Census 1871 England Census 1871 Isle of Man… Read more Bringing High-Speed Scanners to FGS 2009

Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Company News is excited to provide attendees of the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ family history conference (September 2-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas) the opportunity to have their family records scanned, for free, on high–speed scanners. We are bringing two scanners to the conference, and attendees can sign up for up to 15-min sessions to have their family history… Read more

American Baby Names are ‘All in the Family’

Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Company News

It turns out the trend of keeping baby names ‘all in the family’ is more popular than you might think. We were curious to see how many parents turned to their family tree for inspiration when choosing a baby name, so we conducted an independent survey to find out. Check out what we learned: Nearly half of… Read more

Site maintenance POSTPONED until Tues Sept 1, 2009, 1 AM MDT

Posted by Eric Shoup on August 26, 2009 in Site Status

I posted yesterday about how we were going to perform some site maintenance on Thursday morning at 1am MDT.  We have postponed this planned site maintenance until next Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 1am MDT.  We apologize if this change causes you any inconvenience. The site (and its related Ancestry international sites) will undergo… Read more

Preview of our enhanced pedigree view

Posted by Kenny Freestone on August 26, 2009 in Family Trees

Today we launched in “preview mode” a series of updates to the pedigree view of your family tree. The changes we have made are based largely on feedback we’ve received from members on their challenges using the current pedigree view. We’re excited to release these improvements and encourage you to give the preview a test… Read more

Scheduled site maintenance (Thurs August 27 2009, 1-3 AM MDT)

Posted by Eric Shoup on August 25, 2009 in Site Status

We just wanted to let everyone know that the site (and its related Ancestry international sites) will undergo scheduled maintenance on Thursday, August 27, 2009 starting at 1am Mountain Time (7am GMT).  We expect and its related international sites to be down for about 3 hours.  During this same period, portions of the… Read more

Join this weekend at the Salt Lake Family History Expo

Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Company News

Join at the Salt Lake Family History Expo for two days of family history, classes, exhibit halls and much, much more.   2009 Salt Lake Family History Expo August 28–29, 2009, 8 am–6 pm South Towne Exposition Center, Sandy, Utah  Expo Classes – Expo registration required to attend You can register online to attend… Read more

From New York to California: What I learned this month

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on August 21, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine

I learned a lot while preparing our September/October issue of Ancestry magazine: what the house my mother was born in looks like today and how I could order a 1939 photo of it from the city of New York; what my grandparents’ experiences arriving at Ellis Island would have been like (how did a new… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Upgrading from previous versions

Posted by Michelle Pfister on August 21, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

We are often asked about the process of upgrading to Version 2010 from older versions of Family Tree Maker. If you’re upgrading, here are some answers to frequently asked questions: Q: Will FTM 2010 run on my computer? A: Your computer must meet the minimum system requirements in order to run the program. A list… Read more

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