New iPad and iPhone app

Posted by Kendall on January 31, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site, Mobile, Site Features

How would you like to be able to see and navigate your Ancestry.com family tree on your iPhone or iPad so you can more easily share family stories visually?  How would you like to be able to view the Census and other records you’ve attached to people in your Ancestry.com family tree on your iPhone… Read more

U.S. Passports Update—Do You Know Your 4 Passport Types?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 31, 2011 in Content

Passport applications can be great finds, with names, birthplaces, parents, occupations, and other details. Our latest update to the U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925, database added almost 250,000 new records to the collection, and they include four different types of U.S. passport applications. I didn’t know there were four types until recently, when the NARA website… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Choosing a Home Person

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on January 24, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

Each Family Tree Maker tree you create will have a primary person or “home” person. By default, the home person is the first person you entered in your tree. And if you’re creating a tree based on your family, the home person is most likely you. However, you may want to switch the home person of your tree occasionally.… Read more

WWII Prisoners of the Japanese—Filling the Gaps

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 13, 2011 in Content

A few weeks back, I introduced the launch of a new collection, WWII U.S. Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941–1945, by sharing the story of Gene Jacobsen. Maybe it’s the dramatic circumstances behind the capture of many of these POWs that makes for the dramatic stories surrounding this database. Stories like Gene’s—or Ari Self’s. “Ari Self… Read more

Temporary Site Problems with Ancestry Member Trees

Posted by Web Operations on January 13, 2011 in Site Status

We are experiencing some temporary site problems. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Our development and web operations teams are working on the problem and we will have it resolved as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience. UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2011 AT 5:15 PM MT/7:15 PM ET We are… Read more

Family Tree Maker Tutorials

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on January 10, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

Have you ever wanted a personal tutor to sit at your computer and show you how to use Family Tree Maker? We have a solution. Family Tree Maker has a variety of short video tutorials (each about 3 to 5 minutes long) that can help you quickly learn how to add, organize, and share your… Read more

Four New AJHS Collections, Thousands of Stories

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 7, 2011 in Content

Wars play out on both the epic and the personal stage and leave behind both large and small stories. The four new collections from the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) that recently went live on Ancestry.com include two sets of war records: WWI Serviceman Questionnaires, Jews and Non-Jews, 1918–1921, and Undated, and WWII Jewish Serviceman… Read more

Family Trees: New Tree Viewer Launch

Posted by jhodnett on January 5, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees

Last November, we launched a new tree viewer in an optional preview.  If you chose to view your tree using the new view, we gave you the opportunity to tell us what you thought of the changes we’ve made.  Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we’re turning off the old view and making the new… Read more

Scheduled Family Tree Maintenance (6 January, 1:00-2:00 AM MST)

Posted by jhodnett on January 4, 2011 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees

Please be aware that the Ancestry.com Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance early Thursday morning, 6 January 2011, from about 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM Mountain Standard Time.  This downtime will affect 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