What Can I Do With All My Family History Research?

Posted by lorilee on April 26, 2013 in MyCanvas

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of your family history research?  What is the next step?  How can you put it all together so you can easily share it with your family members? At the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago, I spent my time in the Read More

AncestryDNA Celebrates DNA Day. Wait, What’s DNA Day?

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on April 25, 2013 in AncestryDNA

Happy DNA Day! Once a year, the scientific community takes time out to recognize some amazing achievements in DNA science. Two keystone events are the discovery of the DNA double helix structure in 1953 by Francis Crick and James Watson and the declaration 50 years later, in 2003, that the Human Genome Project was complete…well, Read More

Distributed Parallel Computing at Ancestry.com

Posted by Tyler Jensen on April 24, 2013 in Development, Operations

About 450 years ago John Heywood wrote, “many hands make light work.” The same can be said of image and data processing. Distributed parallel computing (DPC) makes it possible for us to do the work described by Michael Murdock in his series on the image processing pipeline. If you haven’t already, take a moment to Read More

Technical Management at the Right Level

Posted by Christopher Bradford on April 23, 2013 in Operations

As is often the case with technical managers, I started out as a software engineer, and miss the experience of day-to-day coding. I became a team lead and then “officially” moved into the ranks of management as I took responsibility for multiple development teams. As I considered how to be more aware of how these Read More

Adventures in Big Data: How do you start?

Posted by Bill Yetman on April 20, 2013 in Operations

A little over 8 months ago, I was asked to build a data mining cluster at Ancestry using Hadoop. Even though Ancestry has been using Hadoop for nearly 3 years, this was my first exposure to the technology and the company’s initial attempt to collect everything. Honestly, I did not know where or how to start. Read More

100,000,000 Records Keyed

Posted by afechter on April 10, 2013 in Website

Early this morning the World Archives Project community achieved a huge milestone- 100,000,000 records keyed! The record count started in June 2008 and we reached 100,000,000 records early this morning. The 166 indexes created through the World Archives Project are free for anyone to search. If you would like to join our community of contributors Read More