See Grandpa’s Homeland – On Our Dime

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on February 26, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

I have this dream that one day someone will hand me the money to go on the family history trek of my choice. Not the one that takes me to Pittsburgh, to coal mines in western Pennsylvania, or to dig through a shoebox full of photos at my parents’ house in Alabama – all fantastic… Read more

Search is experiencing intermittent issues.

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 25, 2010 in Site, Site Status

Our search has been experiencing intermittent technical issues this morning. We are working on the problem and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Update: We are also experiencing some intermittent technical issues with Ancestry Family Trees and are actively working to resolve them.  We hope to have everything resolved shortly.  Thank you again for… Read more

New filtering options coming to new search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 24, 2010 in Searching for Records

You’ve been asking for better ways to control your results. Over the next couple of months, we will be launching two new sets of filters in new search. One will be a name filter, with specific options for first and last names, and the other will be a place filter. Here’s a quick preview: Name… Read more

Updated Groups Page Design & Formatting

Posted by Laura Dansbury on February 23, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

We have updated our group pages to be more useful and efficient for new and experienced members. These group pages can help you quickly find individual data collections that share a common characteristic such as census records from a single country.   For example, you can access all the US Federal Censuses from the US Federal… Read more Blog Awarded One of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs

Posted by Heather Erickson on February 23, 2010 in Site, Company News

At the beginning of this week, Family Tree Magazine announced the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs and we were pleasantly surprised to see the blog on this list. Each blog included in this list brings a unique look at genealogy – yet all are passionate about the same thing: discovering, preserving and sharing family history. … Read more

Scheduled Site Maintenance for Tonight, Wednesday, February 17

Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Site

We want to let you know that the and related Ancestry International sites will be down for about 3 hours for scheduled maintenance tonight, Wednesday, February 17 through early Thursday morning beginning at 11:30 PM Mountain Time (that’s 1:30 AM ET, or 6:30 AM GMT).  Thank you for your patience as we improve our infrastructure.

Get Ready For NBC’s Premiere of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (March 5 at 8/7c)

Posted by Heather Erickson on February 11, 2010 in Company News, Who Do You Think You Are?

As you may have already heard, NBC is premiering the new TV show Who Do You Think You Are? on March 5 at 8/7c. The family history-focused series will lead seven celebrities on a heart-warming journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them. Lisa Kudrow, who executive produced… Read more

Link Photos to Events in your Family Tree

Posted by Kenny Freestone on February 11, 2010 in Family Trees

We’ve recently added the ability to link photos (or other files like stories, audio, and video) to any fact or event you have for a person in your family tree. Adding photos and stories to your family tree can create a much richer history of your ancestors’ lives, and make it much more interesting when… Read more

World Archives Project Releases New Projects: Slave Narratives and London School Admissions

Posted by afechter on February 11, 2010 in World Archives Project

In the past week we have released two exciting collections to be indexed through the World Archives Project. Yesterday we released the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938.  Within these records are interviews with former slaves, photos, and folklore – or in other words a captivating… Read more

Family Tree Maintenance Tonight (10 February 11:00 PM MST)

Posted by Kenny Freestone on February 10, 2010 in Family Trees

The Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance tonight for a few hours beginning at about 11:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. During this time Ancestry Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of My Canvas, the sections of the Home Page that are related to Member Trees, and the sections of 2.0 that are related… Read more

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