Find more records with help from the Ancestry.com community

Posted by Stephanie Cruz on July 29, 2010 in Website

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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com Wiki for You?

Posted by Matthew Rayback on July 16, 2010 in Ancestry.com 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 Website

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

Military Retirement—Revolutionary War Pension Files

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 1, 2010 in Collections

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 Ancestry.com. An S meant a petition had been filed by a veteran (a “survivor”); a W indicated a veteran’s widow. An R Read More