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, Ancestry.com 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

More U.S. Public Records = More Ancestry Hints

Posted by Heather Erickson on April 7, 2010 in Ancestry.com 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