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An American Century—Sears Catalogs Memories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 30, 2010 in Content

If you want a great family history conversation starter for the Christmas holidays, mention that Ancestry.com now has almost 100 years’ worth of Sears catalogs online—and keep a pen and paper or a recorder handy. I gave the collection (and the conversation) a trial run with my family over Thanksgiving. I mentioned that we had… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Improving Performance

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on November 29, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

We all wish we had an unlimited amount of time to work on our family history. But since none of us do, it can be frustrating when the software you’re using seems to get in the way instead of helping. If Family Tree Maker starts running more slowly than you expect, here are six steps… Read more

Ancestry.com Gift Memberships Now Available

Posted by Heather Erickson on November 24, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Company News, Site Features

Dreading the long shopping lines during Black Friday? Wish you could give a gift this holiday season that is meaningful and will impact your family in a powerful way? As many of you know, there’s nothing like the feeling of discovering your family story.  And now you can share that feeling with your loved ones… Read more

Member Trees: A New Way to View Your Ancestry.com Member Tree

Posted by jhodnett on November 18, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the last year we’ve been working on a better way to let you view your Ancestry.com member tree.  We’ve built this new tree viewer based on feedback from members, extensive user testing and hours of development and design.  We focused on finding ways to let you view more of your tree at once and as… Read more

Ancestry Search: Searching using Birth, Death and other Life Events

Over the course of this year, we have been making incremental changes to our new search forms in response to your comments and suggestions. We’ve added name and place filters and changed the way you could do searches that included family members. You’ll find we’ve modifed the search forms just a bit to make entering… Read more

Family Tree Maker: The Web Dashboard

When you’re online Family Tree Maker connects directly to Ancestry.com so you can take advantage of the website’s valuable genealogy resources without ever leaving the software. One of these resources is the Web Dashboard. In versions 2010 and 2011 it gives you quick access to your Ancestry.com subscription; you can log in to your account,… Read more

Family Tree Maker: 2011 Update is Available

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

An update for Family Tree Maker 2011 is now available. It contains a number of user requested improvements and fixes of reported issues. Some examples are: Improved performance throughout the program Improved performance of Web Merge Right-click functionality in Web Search has been re-enabled The option to enable or disable enhanced image download (from Ancestry.com) has… Read more

Old Soldiers Live in New Military Collections

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 10, 2010 in Content

I never met Gene S. Jacobsen (who is listed as Jacobson in the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941–1945, database, a misspelling I’m sure happened often). But Jacobsen was the man who made the Bataan Death March real to me, as well as the horrific conditions that waited for the men who survived… Read more

Scheduled Ancestry.com Blog Maintenance (Tuesday, November 9)

Posted by Heather Erickson on November 9, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Status

We want to let you know that the Ancestry.com Blog will be down for about 4 hours for scheduled maintenance tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 9) through early Wednesday morning beginning at 9:00 PM Mountain Time (that’s 11:00  PM ET or 3:00 AM GMT). Additionally, the Ancestry.com Rootsweb Community will undergo scheduled maintenance for 12 hours starting at 9:00 PM Mountain Time… Read more

Join Ancestry.com at the Atlanta Family History Expo

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on November 9, 2010 in Events

Visit Ancestry.com at the Atlanta Family History Expo this weekend. Stop by the exhibit hall for hands-on advice and attend an Ancestry.com class like Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker. Want to dive further into your research at Ancestry.com? Attend Getting the Most from Your Ancestry.com Subscription and Best Strategies for Searching Ancestry.com, or… Read more

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