World Archives Project Update

Posted by afechter on August 31, 2010 in World Archives Project

Over the past few months we have released 3 new projects keyed through the World Archives Project, England, Newspaper Index Cards, Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930 and Perth, Scotland, Survey of Inhabitants, 1766, 1773.  The indexes for these projects, containing more than 1.27 million records, can be searched for free due to the efforts of 5500+ contributors!… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2011 is here!

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on August 31, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

You’ve been waiting patiently and it’s finally here! Family Tree Maker 2011 introduces more than 100 enhancements (many based on customer requests) to help you create your family story like never before. Here are just a few of the exciting new features you’ll enjoy: Smart Stories—a narrative tool. If you’ve always wanted help starting your own family history book,… Read more

Browse the Place Pages

Posted by Laura Dansbury on August 30, 2010 in Site, Searching for Records

I posted a blog about the new pages in new search a few weeks ago.  But there were so many changes that I think each one should have a dedicated post.  The location of an Ancestor’s birth or residence greatly influenced their life story.  By browsing by location, I found a book about Hopewell New… Read more

Ancestry World Archives Project: It’s Not Too Late To Get In On The Action

Posted by Crista Cowan on August 30, 2010 in World Archives Project

If you are a member of our Ancestry World Archives community then you know all about the World Record Challenge.  If you are not yet a member of our community, we thought we would let you in on what we have been doing and give you a chance to participate. Our passionate and engaged community… Read more

Family Tree Maker Webinar on September 15th

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on August 27, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Webinars

Family Tree Maker 2011 is almost here. Join us for a free webinar on September 15th at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and discover why it’s the best version yet. You’ll learn how to: Use Smart Stories—a new narrative tool to help you create and share family stories. Create new fan charts. Dress up your charts… Read more

Just Launched – The Largest Searchable Online Yearbook Collection

Posted by Heather Erickson on August 27, 2010 in Site

If you’re a family historian that enjoys getting to know your ancestors, you’ll love our new U.S. School Yearbook collection. Now, with more than 60 million yearbook records available, you just might find that grandpa was voted class clown or even discover great-grandma’s salutatory speech. The new U.S. School Yearbook collection makes starting your family… Read more

Learn Family History Tips from Encore Performances of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Have you been watching the encore episodes of  the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? that have aired recently? During the past couple of weeks, it’s been moving to relive Lisa Kudrow return to the place where members of her family had been murdered in the Holocaust, and exciting to see Sarah Jessica… Read more

Family Tree Maintenance Wednesday August 25th 12:01AM MT

Posted by jhodnett on August 23, 2010 in Site

The Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Wednesday for about 3 hours beginning at 12:01 AM Mountain Time. (6:01 AM GMT, 2:01 AM Eastern, 1:01 AM Central, 11:01 PM 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

Find Your Immigrant Ancestors–Free Online Class

Posted by Juliana Smith on August 19, 2010 in Site

Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors Wednesday, 01 September 2010, 8:00 PM Eastern (New York)  Your immigrant ancestor’s trip to America is among the most compelling chapters in your family history. Join me September 1st for a free online class to learn what you need to know to identify your ancestor in passenger arrival… Read more Search: New way to add Family Members to your search

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making a number of changes to the new search forms. We hope to make searches more flexible, and in response to your feedback we have improved some searches that were hard to do. You can get a sneak preview of some of these at the search update guided… Read more

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