Learning. Six Feet Under.

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 30, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine

Before I started working at, I thought cemeteries were creepy. Sure, they were great places for flowers and remembrance a few times a year. But if you didn’t actually know one of the residents, you definitely didn’t want to pop by.  I would have never predicted that four and a half years later, I’d… Read more

Temporary Site Problems

Posted by Web Operations on October 29, 2009 in Site Status

We are experiencing some temporary site problems with our customer sign-up system. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Our development and web operations teams are working on the problem and we will have it resolved as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

Scheduled Site Maintenance Wed. October 28

Posted by on October 26, 2009 in Site Status

We want to let you know that the and related Ancestry International sites will be down for about 3 hours for scheduled maintenance on early Wednesday morning beginning at 1 AM Mountain Time (that’s 3 AM ET or 7 AM GMT).  The Ancestry World Archives Project will only be available for offline keying. During… Read more

Enhancements to Member Connect

Posted by jhodnett on October 23, 2009 in Site, Member Connect

At the end of July we launched our new Member Connect feature on  Since then we have been gathering feedback from members, analyzing how it has been used, and working to continue to improve it.  I wanted to review some enhancements that were added to Member Connect yesterday, as well as highlight a few… Read more

What Happened to Amelia Earhart? Posts Case File Investigating Her Disappearance

Posted by on October 23, 2009 in Content

There are multiple theories surrounding the mysterious disappearance of iconic aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished in 1937 while attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. Today, has published a case file revealing some unique details into the investigation of what happened. The 73-page file consists of letters and telegrams sent in… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2010 and Windows 7

Posted by Duff Wilson on October 22, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

With the release of Microsoft Windows 7 this week, many have been asking about the compatibility and testing of Family Tree Maker 2010 related to this new operating system. The short answer is yes, Family Tree Maker 2010 is fully compatible with Windows 7. The Family Tree Maker team has been working with Windows 7 for… Read more

“My father is not going to just disappear off the face of the earth…. His story is going to go on with us forever.” –Cathryn Darling, member

Posted by on October 22, 2009 in Site

If you’ve ever had the experience of learning about an ancestor whose story has been missing from your family tree for a long time, you understand the need to preserve that story and make sure it never disappears again. This was Cathryn Darling’s experience, after she learned that her father, who she’d been told had… Read more

How Do You Find 5,000 Cousins?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on October 19, 2009 in Ancestry Magazine, Expert Connect

I can count my first cousins on one hand and still have a thumb to spare. So when author and family historian Crista Cowan told me how many living cousins she had tracked down in the course of just a handful of years, I was floored. Crista would have needed nearly 1,000 of my hands… Read more

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the search webinar

Posted by on October 16, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Hi everyone Thanks to those who joined us for the Search webinar on Wednesday. We had more than 10,700 members registered for the event, which is a record ever for We also appreciate all of the great questions. In total, we had over 1,500, so unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to address these all… Read more

Share Historical Record Discoveries via Facebook, Twitter and Email

Posted by on October 15, 2009 in Site Features

Do you recall the first time you saw information about an ancestor on a census record, military draft card or an immigration record?  We’ve just made it easier than ever to share that thrill of discovery with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can share daily finds from the record page by… Read more

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