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Who would name their daughter Halloween? Just check the records.

Posted by Paul Rawlins on October 30, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Who would name their daughter Halloween? According to the 1920 (and 1930) U.S. census, that would be John and Ollie Hildebrand of Freeborn Township, Missouri, for one — or two. In case you think maybe the enumerator got it wrong — twice — it’s right there on Halloween’s marriage license. Typed. Though as of 1940,… Read more

AncestryDNA: Now Available to Order Online

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 26, 2012 in AncestryDNA

Great news, the new AncestryDNA test is available to order right now! Over the past several months, AncestryDNA was available by invitation only. We’ve sent out all of our invitations, and now the test is available to everyone—you’re all invited! All you have to do is go to the AncestryDNA site, click the orange “Get… Read more

You’ve Received Your AncestryDNA Results. Now What?

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 22, 2012 in AncestryDNA

The day you get your AncestryDNA results is exciting, but now you may have some questions. Well, we’re here to help.  Watch this informative video from our genealogy expert, Crista Cowan, that covers some popular topics such as how to navigate your results, putting your genetic ethnicity into perspective, using new search tools, and making… Read more

Ancestry Member Trees – A New Look for the Person Overview or Profile Page

Posted by jhodnett on October 19, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees

You may have noticed that the Person Overview page has a new look (the page with the details for an ancestor in your tree).  The intent of these visual changes is to start moving toward a simpler design that is more subtle than the previous design so that it more effectively showcases the content about your ancestor.  This… Read more

What Do Snoop Dogg and Warren Buffett Have In Common? Both Are Included in Our Newly Updated Yearbook Collection

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 17, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

If you didn’t hear the news, we just added more than 18,000 yearbooks to our growing U.S. Yearbook Collection. The new additions, spanning 1806-2008, include schools across the United States, from junior highs and high schools to colleges and universities. You can browse this rich collection for a glimpse into relatives’, friends’ and celebrities’ past, from more… Read more

“Baby, Baby, Baby” – Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne Are Related

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on October 11, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Social Media, Stories

What do Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion have in common? According to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, the four Canadian performers are all related, sharing a family connection with some of Quebec’s earliest settlers. Heartthrobs: It’s a family reunion of heartthrobs as Justin Bieber, who’s appeared on the… Read more

Using Facebook to Grow Your Family Tree

We are excited to announce the release of a new feature that allows Ancestry members to use Facebook to add information and new people to family trees quickly and easily. When you attach Facebook information to someone in your tree you’ll get the following: Photos: We’ll pull the most recent profile photo from Facebook into… Read more

AncestryDNA at the 2012 Consumer Genetics Conference

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 5, 2012 in AncestryDNA, Events

The 4th annual Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts is a gathering of hundreds of thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs with a shared interest in the field of genetics. Our own Dr. Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA, was invited to give a keynote presentation on the AncestryDNA product, how it… Read more

Ancestry.com Acquires 1000memories

Posted by Heather Erickson on October 3, 2012 in Company News

We wanted to let you know that we have acquired 1000memories Inc.  They are a San Francisco-based startup that, since their launch in 2010, has been focused on helping people capture and share their memories.  They began as a memorials site and have, for the last year, been focused on helping people digitize and share… Read more

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