Join Us for Ancestry Day in Pennsylvania!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on January 24, 2014 in Events

On Saturday March 15th, Ancestry and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will co-host Ancestry Day, a day to discover and celebrate your family history! Attendees will learn tips and tricks for navigating Ancestry.com, and find out more about the genealogical holdings at HSP, one of the largest archives in the United States. The event will be Read More

Announcing Daisy, An Ultra Lightweight, Open Source Rules Engine

Posted by Mitchell Harris on January 23, 2014 in Development

We just released a new open source package here at Ancestry: Daisy. Daisy is a business writeable domain specific language for business rules. It lets business experts write the rules, and software developers define how they are implemented. Daisy itself is domain agnostic, but allows domain experts and software developers to create the rule domain together.  An example Read More

Week 2 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 23, 2014 in Website

If you thought there were a lot of great blogs to read from the first week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, wait until you see Week 2! Even more bloggers took the challenge – this week, there were a whopping 194 posts! It would be impossible for me to recap all of Read More

IT Transformation as a “Business” Discipline

Posted by Deal Daly on January 22, 2014 in Operations

This series of essays will explore IT transformation (“futurization”) as a functional discipline of the business. IT transformation has clear business purposes.   The transformational activity works to: increase speed to market for the business’s products and services, provide new and fulfilling career paths to IT engineers, increase reliability, availability and performance of systems and Read More

New Content That’s Not (All) New York

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 22, 2014 in Collections

We did launch a few collections over the past week that weren’t all about New York…   The U.S., Dutch Church Records from Selected States, 1660–1926, database includes some records from Pennsylvania and New Jersey…as well as New York.   New Mexico and Texas, Select United Methodist Church Records, 1870–1970, are a long way from Read More

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted by Anna Swayne on January 22, 2014 in AncestryDNA

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the Read More

Coming in February: Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

Posted by Kristie Wells on January 20, 2014 in Events

Who Do You Think You Are? Live is back for its eighth year, taking place on February 20th-22nd at the National Hall, Olympia, London. During the three day event you can attend DNA focused workshops, ‘Ask The Expert(s)‘ specific questions related to your ancestral tree, have your family treasures checked out by expert Eric Knowles, and attend some of Read More

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by Pam Velazquez on January 20, 2014 in Entertainment

Today, we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. for the impact he had on the Civil Rights Movement and his relentless fight for equal rights for all, while maintaining a peaceful non-violent approach. Dr. King’s message is as powerful today as it was 50 years ago, and we wanted to share a few pieces of his Read More

Visualizing Family Trees

Posted by Leonid Zhukov on January 17, 2014 in Operations

A company’s data set is a unique asset and it is very advantageous for companies to know what one of its most valuable assets looks like to make product and business decisions.  That is where data scientists come in: we like to study data.  At Ancestry.com, we have a large and unique set of data, which Read More