Interactive Image Viewer (Beta)

Posted by Laura Dansbury on January 31, 2012 in Site, Searching for Records

Record images are the foundation of your family history, and we want to create a rich viewing experience that will bring these historical documents to life. The new Interactive Image Viewer (currently in beta) includes interactive tools to help you view and interpret the information on the record as well as navigation controls that make… Read more

Family Tree Maker – Free Update for Version 2012

Posted by Michelle Pfister on January 31, 2012 in Family Tree Maker

A free update for Family Tree Maker 2012 for Windows is now available. This update includes: Some important improvements for syncing source citations, relationships, and accepted & rejected hints. Resolution of some data issues that were causing sync to fail in some cases Sync stability and performance improvements. How to get this free update? As… Read more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 27, 2012 in Content, World Archives Project

Today, January 27th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As such, the United Nations has designated this day, each year, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, in particular, the theme is Children and the Holocaust. Over 1.5 million Jewish children, and tens of thousands of other children were murdered during the Holocaust.… Read more

Got Pennsylvania Ancestors?

Did you catch this week’s Ancestry LIVE broadcast? We talked about Pennsylvania Vital records. We had over 400 people who joined us live in the broadcast and the chat afterwards. And, at last check, over 2,000 of you have watched the archived video on our YouTube channel. I guess Pennsylvania records are pretty important to… Read more

Five Steps to Doing Genealogy Research Like A Pro

If you caught my Ancestry LIVE broadcast on Thursday morning you know that the topic of the week is Research Like a Pro. (If you haven’t watched it yet go ahead. We’ll wait for you.) I’ve been doing genealogy research professionally for almost a decade now. When clients are paying you by the hour, you… Read more Connects With Black Stone Cherry to Giveaway a Free Membership

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on January 19, 2012 in Social Media

For the Black Stone Cherry boys, their family tradition of music is “in their blood”. What tradition is in your family’s blood? Have you ever wanted to find out more about your family tree? In celebration of the release of Black Stone Cherry’s single “In My Blood”, Black Stone Cherry is giving away a year… Read more

Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 – Free Update

Posted by Michelle Pfister on January 12, 2012 in Family Tree Maker

An update for Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 is now available. This update resolves a number of reported issues from the community. Fixes include: •        Performance and stability improvements •        Improvements to resolve sync errors •        Improvements for handling downloaded media in synced trees •        Syncing of accepted and rejected hints •        Option to include/exclude Ancestry media in synced… Read more

Last Chance to Register for the special discount on RootsTech 2012

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on January 10, 2012 in Events

If you are interested in new technologies to make family history easier, RootsTech is for you! Don’t miss this new conference February 2-4, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register now for their special rate of just $149. Hurry and register now as the special discount ends January 13, 2012. At RootsTech, family historians of… Read more

Five Genealogy Goals For The New Year

The first week of the new year is now behind us. I know it took me a few extra days to recover from the holiday. In fact, my mom just flew home yesterday. We had a wonderful December full of family and food and fun. I hope you did, too. Now life is now back… Read more

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