Ancestry.com to Present at Hadoop Summit

Posted by Bill Yetman on May 27, 2014 in Events

Interest in direct-to-consumer DNA testing has grown dramatically in the past few years. When you’re measuring more than 700,000 DNA markers for each individual, how do you analyze all that data across a rapidly growing database, while providing actionable results for your customers? At the Hadoop Summit next week,

Maleficent Star Elle Fanning a Long Lost Princess

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 27, 2014 in Entertainment

In celebration of the release of the movie “Maleficent,” (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy) we discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection Read More

What You Might Have Missed: May 27th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Remembering Cemetery Day by Paul Rawlins Turn on AMC: A Couple Family History Takeaways by Juliana Smith Finding Ocean State Ancestors: Rhode Island Research Guide by Amy Johnson Crow Throwback Thursday Theme: Mother Nature and the Weather by Juliana Smith Quaker Calendars & Dates: In Just Two Days, Tomorrow Will be Yesterday Read More

Remembering Cemetery Day

Posted by Paul Rawlins on May 26, 2014 in Research

I was only two when my grandfather died, so I never knew him. But I know his grave. I’ve visited it probably every year since he died. I know I’ve been there practically every year I can remember, even the year my brothers had to stay home with chicken pox. Memorial Day in Lewiston is Read More

Turn on AMC: A Couple Family History Takeaways

Posted by Juliana Szucs on May 25, 2014 in Moments in Time

Growing up I was a bookworm. (See yesterday’s blog post for Throwback Thursdays. That’s me on the right, nose in a book.) Even then I loved to read about history. There was a series of biographies at our school library that I worked my way through from start to finish. Between those and the Nancy Read More

Finding Ocean State Ancestors: Rhode Island Research Guide

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on May 23, 2014 in Research

  The history of Rhode Island is tied to religion and trade. Settlement began with Roger Williams, who in 1636 went to present-day Rhode Island after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his religious views. Later, Anne Hutchinson and her followers also went to Rhode Island because of religious persecution in Massachusetts. Rhode Read More

Thanks for Visiting Us at NGS and AARP

Posted by Anna Swayne on May 21, 2014 in Events

We had a great time at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference in Richmond, Virginia and AARP Life@50+ in Boston, Massachusetts last week. Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying “Hi.” Some of our favorite things are meeting you, hearing your stories and listening to your feedback. We are grateful for your support and really Read More

Find A Grave Engineering

Posted by Robert Schultz on May 21, 2014 in Development, Mobile Development

Last October Ancestry.com acquired a very exciting property called Find A Grave which focused on collecting content around the graves of family, loved ones and famous people. With the acquisition we wanted to take Find A Grave to the next level and provide the current users new and better experiences around consuming and contributing content. Read More