Preview of Changes to Search

Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

We’ve been working on some changes to search, and want to give you a preview before it’s finalized, so we’ve created a small guided tour. First of all, I’d like to say thanks to all of you who have put time into helping us, posting to your feedback on the blogs, on our message boards,… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Surname Changes

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on April 19, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Peterson, Pettersen, or Pedersen? Different branches of my father’s family have chosen to spell our last name in a variety of ways. Over the years, the spelling of your surname or your ancestor’s surname may have changed too. Sometimes this happens when a family immigrates to a new country and changes their name so it’s… Read more

Time for a Second Look? — Improved 1920 Census Now Online

Posted by Paul Rawlins on April 10, 2010 in Content

The U.S. censuses are by far the most popular documents we have online, so recently, has worked hard to improve the images, indexes, and search functionality for the U.S. censuses. The latest installment, the improved 1920 census, is now spiffed up and ready to go. We now have new digital images, which means better… Read more

Shoebox Tracks Records You Print and Download

Posted by Stephanie Cruz on April 8, 2010 in Site

Have you ever lost track of a record you printed or downloaded that you want to go back to? You now have quick access to retrieve records you are storing offline.  Each time you print or download a record from, it will appear in your Shoebox in a new tab for “Downloaded and printed… Read more

More U.S. Public Records = More Ancestry Hints

Posted by Heather Erickson on April 7, 2010 in Site

Have you tried searching the U.S. Public Records Index (USPRI) lately? Whether you’re searching for a distant cousin or want to locate information about Grandpa, we’ve added 800 million records to the USPRI collection for a total of more than 1.2 billion records from all 50 states, so it’s worth searching through the collection again.… Read more

Working Through Other People’s Family Trees

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 6, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

I’ve never had quite the success that Brooke Shields did when she traced a family line back multiple centuries on Who Do You Think You Are? I’ve considered myself lucky just to get to the 19th century with most of my family. But one of the biggest finds I ever stumbled upon was very similar to what helped Brooke… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Entering Foreign Names and Locations

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on April 5, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

I learned an important lesson early on when I was researching my Danish ancestors: Novling is not the same as Nøvling. In fact, there is no place called Novling in all of Denmark. You may be wondering how I made this mistake. Perhaps it was inexperience. Or maybe good old arrogance. I just assumed that… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 5 – Brooke Shields

Posted by Heather Erickson on April 2, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Brooke Shields always felt her parents were from separate worlds, but when she dug into her family history on Who Do You Think You Are? , she realized how true this really was. Her mother was from a working-class New Jersey household, and her father’s family stemmed from European aristocracy. Researching the pair, however, gave… Read more

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