Open Source Development

Posted by Liam Molloy on November 26, 2013 in Development

At Ancestry.com, we have many developers whom contribute to open source projects. Today I want to talk about an open source project I have been involved in, along with one of my team members Shane Burke. As contributing to open source projects is not directly related to the day to day development work at Ancestry, Read More

Tips for Memorable Family Photos Fit for Your Family Tree

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 25, 2013 in Website

  You don’t have to be a genealogist to really appreciate a great old family photo. There’s a certain joy that comes with finding a shoebox in the attic filled with old black and white photos of people living in a world decades before us. Finding and preserving family photos is essential to telling your Read More

What You Might Have Missed: November 25 edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 25, 2013 in Research, Website

Where did last week go?  Here is what you might have missed around the Ancestry.com world. Blog Posts Ancestry.com Two Historical Anniversaries This Week Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels Ancestry.com Family History Wiki [VIDEO] Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection Why You Need to Read More

Criminal Records: Troublemakers In Your Family Tree

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 22, 2013 in Collections

We’d all like to think that our ancestors were good, kind-hearted, upstanding citizens who followed the letter of the law. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and sometimes we find a few leaves in our tree attached to troublemakers. Whether they were trying to sell unsuspecting customers snake oil, or became experts in lock-picking Read More

Two Historical Anniversaries This Week

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 22, 2013 in Moments in Time

  150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: November 19th President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic speech came four months after a fierce, three-day battle in July 1863 that left more than 7,000 soldiers dead and 40,000 wounded. It was delivered on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and remains Read More

Collection Spotlight: WWII United News Newsreels

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 21, 2013 in Collections, Website

  During World War II, in the summer of 1942, the United States government started a branch known as the Office of War Information (OWI) whose role was to bring together many of the government communications circulating during the war. As a part of its job, the OWI was responsible for creating and distributing news Read More

Ancestry.com Family History Wiki [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 20, 2013 in Ancestry.com Wiki, Research, Website

The Ancestry.com Family History Wiki is one of the best ways for you to discover more information about records and family history research. The Family History Wiki was developed to help genealogists find information they need, but also contribute, by editing and adding information. Our Family History Wiki is completely editable by the community and Read More

Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 20, 2013 in Collections, Website

  Nearly 100 years of Texas birth and death records now available online, including key figures who investigated the death of the nation’s President and reported on the events in the days that followed.  Today we are releasing, for the first time online, 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of Read More

Imagine Future Technology for Family History Simulations

Posted by Lincoln Cannon on November 19, 2013 in Development, Science

Ancestry.com is a technology company that knows family history – not just a family history company, and not even a family history company that just happens to use technology. Technology, and particularly computing, is essential to our mission to help everyone discover, preserve and share family history. Without it, we could still tell family stories Read More