Family Tree Maker: Custom Reports

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on August 31, 2011 in Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker comes with a variety of default reports, and it also has a Custom Report that lets you mine your family tree for the information you’re interested in. Using it I’ve created family health histories, address lists, residency reports, and more. But the report I get asked about most often is a custom… Read more

Take a Free Ride with Immigration Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 30, 2011 in Content

If you haven’t noticed the banners, just in time for the end of the summer vacation season, is offering free access to our Immigration and Travel databases for a week. To give you an idea of what’s included, here are a few numbers. We divide our travel and immigration databases into six categories: Category… Read more

U.S. Yearbooks Collection Gets Major Upgrade/New Photo Sweepstakes on Facebook

Posted by Sean Pate on August 24, 2011 in Site has just announced a massive expansion of the world’s most extensive searchable collection of U.S. school yearbooks available online. It now totals over 35,000 and carries 155 million records encompassing the years 1884 to 2009. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes close to seven million images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies,… Read more

Scheduled Family Tree Maintenance (24 Aug, 1:00-3:00 AM MDT)

Posted by jhodnett on August 23, 2011 in Family Trees

Please be aware that Member Trees will undergo scheduled maintenance early Wednesday morning, 24 August 2011, from about 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time.  We will be updating the servers that provide member uploaded photos, so some portions of Ancestry Member Trees, My Canvas, and any other areas of the site that display member contributed images, will… Read more

“True Irish Roots” Sweepstakes Winner Reports Back on their Trip of a Lifetime

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 18, 2011 in Stories

Many of you may remember’s “True Irish Roots” sweepstakes held this past March to help celebrate the release of our Irish Collection. The contest featured a grand prize trip to Ireland for two, where the winner would spend a week exploring the Emerald Isle’s finest sites including Blarney Castle and the Aran Islands. Contest… Read more

The First World Memory Project Collection Now Available In Search

Posted by Crista Cowan on August 11, 2011 in World Archives Project

Three months ago, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched the World Memory Project. Since that time almost 2000 community contributors have indexed over 395,000 records across 15 different record collections.  These records contain information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution. We are proud to announce that this generous community… Read more

This month’s member story (a.k.a. your newsletter feedback at work)

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on August 1, 2011 in Site

I love hearing about people’s research success stories. What I didn’t realize is how much so many of you do, too. But after reading all of the comments asking us to bring back the member stories we formerly featured in our newsletter, I now know better. While we work on a permanent place to showcase… Read more

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