How Not to Handle an Overloaded Server – A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Geoff Rayback on March 25, 2013 in Website

We have been working hard at Ancestry to build automated server health monitoring into our service infrastructure.  One of the most recent efforts was the addition of some simple health tests that our load balancers could run by themselves to check on the health of our servers.  We added three types of tests for each Read More

Games at Work?

Posted by Mike Clement on March 21, 2013 in Operations

Agile Games are a way for teams to learn and apply agile concepts in a fun, playful, safe environment.  Play is important as it brings aliveness to our work environment that allows for creativity and our best work to flow.  Games provide a safe environment where people are more open and willing to take risks Read More

Big Data from Historical Sources

Posted by Laryn Brown on March 19, 2013 in Operations

At Ancestry we have a specific team dedicated to working on new technologies to extract information from historical sources of “Big Data.” One example is the U.S. City Directory collection. A precursor to modern telephone books, city directories listed all of the inhabitants of a city, along with their address, occupation, and often their spouse’s Read More

The Great Hunger: Making America Home

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 18, 2013 in Guest Bloggers

Born and raised in New England, I grew up hearing about the celebrations that take place in Boston every year on St. Patrick’s Day. To say my boyfriend and I were excited to be experiencing it for ourselves for the first time was an understatement. Driving into the city to meet up with friends, we Read More

Welcome to the Ancestry.com Tech Roots Blog

Posted by Scott Sorensen on March 14, 2013 in Inside our Offices

When people think of Ancestry.com the first thing that comes to mind might not be technology. But Ancestry.com is a really great technology company. Our engineers are working on some very interesting technical challenges and solving a range of complex problems. This new blog will be written by engineers for engineers and will focus on Read More

Lessons in Genealogy Collaboration

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 13, 2013 in Research, Site Features, Website

I got an Ancestry.com Message today from a woman related to a man in my family tree.  In her research she had come to a conclusion regarding the identity of his wife that was different from mine. . When was the last time you read and responded to your Ancestry.com messages? . Of course, my Read More