Family History Wiki First Updates

Posted by Matthew Rayback on June 30, 2010 in Wiki

In case you haven’t heard, has a wiki. (You can read the original announcement here.) We launched in beta in April at the conference of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and since then, there’s been a lot going on. Before getting into that, however, let me introduce myself. My name is Matthew Rayback and I am a senior editor for and am the overseer of the wiki.

Family Tree Maker: How Do I Do That? (Part 2: Media)

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on June 28, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Have you forgotten how to assign a portrait to an individual? Or have you attached a photo to the wrong person and can’t remember how to unlink them? In part 2 of “How Do I Do That?” I’ll give some quick tips to help with your media items.

A New Road Home? Canadian City and Area Directories, 1819–1906

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 25, 2010 in Content

I have a number for you: 780%. That’s the increase in data available with the latest update to the Canadian City and Area Directories, 1819–1906, database that went live this week. My own Canadian ancestry was rather short-lived. My Stoddard line passed through Bastard Township in Ontario in the early 1800s, but the township hasn’t… Read more

Discovering true age of grandmother on Expert Connect

Posted by on June 24, 2010 in Site, Expert Connect

As the – Expert Connect service celebrates its first anniversary since launching on June 24, 2009, we wanted to share Kathy Morrissey’s story of how she found her grandmother’s true age, a family mystery, and passed that along to her mother.  Expert Connect is an online tool available on that links you to hundreds… Read more

County Land Ownership Atlases—Now with Names

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 21, 2010 in Content

I’ll bet you wish you had an uncle like mine. I’m talking about my great-great-great-great-uncle actually, James Rawlins Sr., who had some very definitive opinions regarding his final resting place. I quote from his 1843 will: “I desire my body to be decently buried in a piece of ground now used as a burying ground… Read more

Winner chosen for the Ultimate Family History Journey™ Sweepstakes

Every genealogist remembers the moment when they were bit by the genealogy bug, when they broke through one of their brick walls, or when they won $20,000 for their very own personal family history journey. Well… I don’t remember the latter happening to me either, but Carolyn S. from Youngstown, Ohio does. That’s because Carolyn… Read more Acquires New Family Member: Sweden’s

Posted by Heather Erickson on June 15, 2010 in Company News, Content

If you haven’t already heard the good news, we wanted you to know that we have agreed to acquire the leading Swedish family history website While the deal is still not final, we expect the acquisition details to be determined over the next month. Almost 4 million Americans claimed Swedish heritage in the 2000… Read more

Family Tree Maker: How Do I Do That?

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on June 14, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Sometimes it’s the easiest tasks that stump us—or is that just me? Whether it’s renaming one of my trees or checking for software updates, I have the tendency to forget how to do some simple procedures unless I do them on a regular basis. Here are some of my “how do I do that?” tasks.… Read more

New Search Fields in Old Censuses—Will the Real John Brown Please Stand Up?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 11, 2010 in Site, Content

Increased search functionality is the latest improvement to the 1820, 1830, and 1840 U.S. Federal Census databases, each of which has several new search fields. And when I thought of how I might use the new options, I remembered a project I was working on last fall. I was researching abolitionist John Brown and learned… Read more

Family Tree Maintenance Saturday Morning (June 4th at 12:00 AM MT)

Posted by jhodnett on June 4, 2010 in Site

The Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Saturday morning for about 1 hour beginning at about 12:00 AM Mountain 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 that are related to Member Trees will… Read more

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