Find more records with help from the community

Posted by Stephanie Cruz on July 29, 2010 in Site

It’s always fun to find records about your ancestors. It’s even more exciting to discover records that you never knew existed. But how do you find these records when you didn’t even know to look for them? Here’s where the community can help you. Ever notice the Member Connect panel when you’re looking at… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Duplicate Place Names

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on July 26, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Occasionally you may find that you’ve duplicated the names of locations in your tree. This might be because you ignore a place warning for a location or you’ve named one location differently. In Family Tree Maker 2009 and 2010, you can merge two locations together. That way you won’t lose the facts associated with either… Read more

What’s in the Wiki for You?

Posted by Matthew Rayback on July 16, 2010 in Wiki

Let’s be honest. When we’re researching our family history, there are always more places to check. The records of our ancestors’ lives don’t rise and set with the census, do they? I know that for me, one of the problems I run into is simply not knowing where to look. For example, my Russian great… Read more

Link photos to sources in your family tree

Posted by Kenny Freestone on July 15, 2010 in Family Trees

You’ve likely heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to creating source citations in your family tree, it is so true. We have recently added the ability to associate pictures and scanned documents to source citations you have created in your family tree: Birth Certificates Death Certificates Marriage Certificates… Read more

Updated new search homepage, place pages, recent searches & recently viewed collections

We listened to your feedback and we are updating our search pages (New Search only). We gathered input from members through many sources and consolidated your feedback. Based on your feedback, new search pages will have improved navigation, maps, shortcuts to your favorite data collections, easier access to recent searches, and more browsing options.

Family Tree Maker: The Compact File Tool

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on July 12, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

Compact File. You may have noticed this option on the Tools menu. But what it is? As you work in your trees you will add and delete quite a bit of data. However, even when data has been removed from a tree, the file may still remain at a larger size. You can use the… Read more

Family Tree Maintenance Thursday Morning (July 8th at 12:00 AM MT)

Posted by jhodnett on July 7, 2010 in Site, Site Status

The Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Thursday morning for about 3 hours beginning at about 12:00 AM Mountain Time (2:00AM Eastern or 11PM Pacific) 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… Read more

Military Retirement—Revolutionary War Pension Files

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 1, 2010 in Content

Rejected. I knew that’s what the R in the top-right corner stood for when I found Captain James Frost’s file in the new Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files database on An S meant a petition had been filed by a veteran (a “survivor”); a W indicated a veteran’s widow. An R… Read more

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