Over 22,000 of you have signed up to participate in the Ancestry World Archives Project since we launched it earlier this year. You joined the 10,000+ that registered during our beta period last year. Collectively, you have keyed over 30 million records and manually arbitrated an astounding 5 million record discrepancies in our double-keying and… Read more
Over the coming months, we’re going to be looking closely at a number of aspects of Search, and listening to your feedback to improve them where appropriate. In particular we’ve heard that you want to have more control over how you search and browse into our data collections. Tomorrow, December 16th, we’ll be launching the… Read more
President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett are 7th cousins, 3 times removed. Family history experts at Ancestry.com discovered the relation and determined that the men are related through a 17th-century Frenchman named Mareen Duvall – Pres. Obama’s 9th great-grandfather and Buffett’s 6th great-grandfather. Duvall was born in France and came to Maryland in the mid-1600s. Once in… Read more
Hello… My name is Eric Horne and I’ve just joined the U.S. Content team as the Product Manager. It seems only proper to introduce myself as I’ll continue to update you on the world of United States content here at Ancestry.com. I’ve been with Ancestry.com since 2004; I began my career here in our Member… Read more
Hello Everyone, We wanted to take a moment and announce something very exciting. Family Tree Maker is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! Here is some of the history behind the program. In 1989, the first edition of Family Tree Maker was released by Banner Blue Software. This program ran on DOS, and came on… Read more
I think it is time for a quick review on saving images and records and using the shoebox. I’ve seen some questions on where the shoebox is located and if you can save images to your thumb drive. So let’s review the saving methods on Ancestry.com.
The following post is from guest blogger Suzanne Russo Adams. Suzanne is the Ancestry.com Society Partnership Manager. About a year ago, I made a phone call to Floyd Smith III, President of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and asked if this society would be interested in partnering with the Ancestry World Archives Project to index… Read more
In a survey of Ancestry.com members last year, top on your wish list was improved images for U.S. Federal Censuses. As you know, the U.S. Censuses are one of the richest sources of information for family history searches. So, improving this collection has been a top priority at Ancestry.com throughout 2009. We’ve enhanced six new… Read more