Family Trees: We’re giving you control of family merges

Posted by jhodnett on April 28, 2011 in Site, Family Trees

Family merge is a great feature that we’ve had on the site for a number of years. This feature makes it easy to save family trees and certain census records to multiple people in your tree—without having to save the record separately for each person. However, the merge has had one particular limitation that we have now… Read more

And the Winner of Our Family History Journey Sweepstakes Is …

Congratulations to the grand-prize winner of our Family History Journey Sweepstakes, Michael F. from Skokie, Illinois. Michael will receive $20,000 for the family history journey of his dreams, plus consultation time with a genealogist and help from additional family history experts. Michael also gets a one-year World Deluxe membership and five more to share… Read more

Have a Fine English or Canadian Wedding? Search Them This Week at

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 26, 2011 in Site

I got married in the middle of night in the middle of the week in the middle of March in Vegas. Nothing glamorous and no celebrity-style scandal attached to the event, but it’s a good story. And when this rocking-chair history gets passed down a handful of generations, some descendant of mine can prove at… Read more

Ancestry app hits 1 million downloads

Posted by Kendall on April 19, 2011 in Site, Company News, Mobile, Site Features

I’m excited to announce that the Ancestry mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod has been downloaded over 1 million times! Many of you are finding the app to be a great way to interact with your family tree on, share records and photos with others (I’ve personally really enjoyed sitting down with my relatives to… Read more

Family Tree Maker Message Boards

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on April 18, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker message boards are an excellent way to share your success stories, find experts to answer your questions, and exchange tips and tricks with users just like you. If you’ve never visited the message boards, take a few minutes to check them out today; you might be surprised at what you find. Search… Read more

Season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? tonight at 8/7c on NBC

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 8, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Just about everyone knows a family tale – but how many of us have discovered if the ones in our own family are true? That’s what actress Ashley Judd sets out to do on tonight’s season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? She starts with the story of an imprisoned Civil War veteran… Read more

Family Tree Maker Focus Group

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on April 8, 2011 in Events, Family Tree Maker

Do you have a lot to say about Family Tree Maker? Then we want to hear from you. In May the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is being held in Charleston, South Carolina. As part of the event, we will be having a focus group at 12:30 pm on Thursday, May 12th, to find… Read more

Family Tree Maker: Viewing Changes in Your Tree

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on April 4, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

If you have ever stepped away from your family history for a few days or weeks, you know how hard it can be to come back and remember exactly what you were doing. So one feature I love in Family Tree Maker is the ability to review the people you’ve recently added or edited. To… Read more

Parallels on Who Do You Think You Are? Tonight

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on April 1, 2011 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Ever get to a point in your research when it seems like your life and your ancestors’ lives are running parallel to one another? On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? actress Gwyneth Paltrow comes face to face with this scenario. By first discovering the trail of an immigrant ancestor whose confidence… Read more

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