Past Articles

The New Ancestry: August 29th Feature Update

Posted on August 29, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry. Last week we covered the location issues and the solution we put in place. This week we introduced some exciting enhancements on Family Events in the Facts view. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will… Read more

See Your DNA Matches in a Whole New Way

Posted on August 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA just released a new matching tool called Shared Matches. This new tool will help you see your matches in a whole new way, giving you clues about the common ancestor that may have given both you and your match the DNA you share today. And as a bonus, if you have had a parent… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Finding Ancestors Who Don’t Want to Be Found with Bryan Cranston

Posted on August 23, 2015 in Celebrity, Who Do You Think You Are?

A frustrating occurrence in many genealogical research projects is when an ancestor disappears entirely from the records. You have a great line of sources proving your conclusions back to the 1800s, but there’s one person who is holding you back. Maybe he ran away from his family to start a new life or find adventure.… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 22nd Feature Update

Posted on August 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we covered the location issues, why they were happening and possible solutions. This week we rolled out a product fix to resolve it. As previously mentioned, we require a certain amount of information about the place in order to properly place it on the map. When a… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 14th Feature Update

Posted on August 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we showed the progress we made on printing and FamilySearch integration. This week we are focusing on a challenge you may have seen with the place names (locations) in the LifeStory. Location, location, location: In the new Ancestry website, we automatically generate descriptions for certain events… Read more

Who Do You Think Are You? Recap: This Is How It’s Done with Alfre Woodard

Posted on August 9, 2015 in Who Do You Think You Are?

One of the exciting opportunities in our work as genealogists is showing how one person’s life reflects the experiences of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of others during a particular time. The way we document that person’s life can also instruct us in how to research others who shared similar life events. In the case… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 7th Feature Update

Posted on August 7, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that showed some of the progress we were making on the print function in the Facts View. Here is this week’s update on our progress. We have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 31st Feature Update

Posted on July 31, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that introduced exciting enhancements on Person Media Gallery, Research Tools, and Family Card in Hints. Here is this week’s update on our progress. We have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will… Read more

Shaking the Trees: Finding Family with a Little Help from Friends

Posted on July 31, 2015 in Research

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paul Rawlins, Editorial Manager at Ancestry My grandfather David Beatty Stewart, my mother’s father, died in a 1924 car crash along with Mom’s mother and little brother; Mom (age 13) was the only survivor. So far, I have been unable to trace Mom’s father’s father, probably also named David… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Following the Clues with Ginnifer Goodwin

Posted on July 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

You see it all the time in movie mysteries: the genius detective trying to solve a case that seems to have no answer. As the story progresses, however, we are transported into the detective’s mind. Random clues appear to glow in the detective’s vision, flashbacks to telling circumstances pop on the screen, and the audience… Read more