Day of the Dead

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 31, 2011 in Social Media, Stories

I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy. The silly costumes. The candy. The great Autumn decorations. Did I mention the candy? Maybe I love Halloween because my birthday is the very next day. Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a fascination with dead people. I was raised in California where many of our Mexican friends and… Read more LIVE: Lorraine’s 5 Tips for Online Grave Digging

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 31, 2011 in Social Media

Headstones and cemeteries can hold valuable details but visiting them in person isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Join ProGenealogist’s Lorraine Bourne as she shows you how to dig up details ranging from where your ancestor is buried to what his or her tombstone looks like – all without leaving your house! You’ll get… Read more

Family Tree Maker Webinar on November 9th

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

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for a free webinar that will teach you about the new features in Family Tree Maker 2012. You’ll learn about TreeSync—the ability to link and synchronize your desktop tree with an online tree at Ancestry, how to use the new blended families display… Read more

Join Family History Expert Juliana Smith TONIGHT as She Answers Your Questions in a Live TweetChat!

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 27, 2011 in Social Media

Have you always wanted to ask a family history expert a question about your own genealogy research? Now’s your chance! Join family history expert Juliana Smith in an TweetChat. Using TweetChat, Juliana will answer questions about how to successfully discover your family history both in real time and from previously submitted questions. All you… Read more LIVE: One Question with the Barefoot Genealogist

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 26, 2011 in Social Media

Join Ancestry’s own barefoot genealogist, Crista Cowan, as she shows you the answer to this week’s question: How can I use a death record to learn more about my ancestor’s life? The event will be happening today @ 1 pm EST (10 am PST). The broadcast will be aired on the Livestream channel, as… Read more

Family Tree Maker: New Chart Options in 2012

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

Over the years, we have received requests to include some charting features that were available in Family Tree Maker 2006/version 16. In Family Tree Maker 2012 we’re brought back two of them: direct-line descendant charts and generation labels. Direct-line Descendant Charts In recent versions of Family Tree Maker, the descendant chart showed all of an… Read more

Births, Marriages and Deaths. Oh My!

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 21, 2011 in Content, Searching for Records

Did you notice what happened this week here at We released over 50 databases containing indexes to millions of vital records from all over the United States. Some of these records date all the way back the 1600s and the most recent of them are from last year. (You can find the complete list… Read more LIVE: Search with Ancestry Anne

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 20, 2011 in Social Media

Want to learn the ins-and-outs of crafting a solid search on Then join family historian and Search Product Manager, Ancestry Anne, as she will answer a member question and provide a slew of answers. The broadcast will be airing live, later today, Thursday, October 20 @ 3PM EST and 12 Noon PST. The broadcast… Read more

Family Tree Maker: TreeSync

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on October 17, 2011 in Family Tree Maker, Family Trees

By now you’ve probably heard about TreeSync. It’s the latest innovative tool available in Family Tree Maker 2012, which gives you the ability to sync one Family Tree Maker tree and one online Ancestry tree. Now you can make changes to your tree anytime, anywhere. Maybe you’re at the library and you find your grandma’s… Read more 15th Anniversary: 15 Days of FREE Access [Video Update]

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 11, 2011 in Social Media

If you haven’t already seen, we are celebrating 15 years of with 15 days of free access and daily prizes. With the special access to some great collections, we wanted to pass along a video update with what you might have missed over the past 10 days. Make sure you check out the celebration… Read more

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