Past Articles

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Katey Sagal: The Present Past

Posted on April 17, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

On Who Do You Think You Are? family history isn’t always an unfamiliar story slumbering in a distant past. It’s often a search for close family lost in a painful present. But what can you possibly find if you don’t even know much about the life of a parent or grandparent? What if names were… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Scott Foley: The Key to New England

Posted on April 10, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

New England is a place with beautiful fall colors and a rich history of early immigrant settlements, struggles to survive under harsh conditions, religious growth and strife, military conflicts and witchcraft. Scott Foley’s ancestors faced all of these conditions. As Scott Foley experienced, learning about the civil, social, and economic conditions of this part of… Read more

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry Reached 1 Million Records of Holocaust Survivors’ and Victims’ Now Searchable Online

Posted on April 8, 2016 in Collections

Records made available to the public for free online through the World Memory Project Nearly five years after the launch of the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry announce that the one millionth name of individuals persecuted by the Nazis are now searchable online for free, thanks to the efforts of… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: LifeStory Enhancements

Posted on April 7, 2016 in Site, Site Features

  We’ve added a couple of features to LifeStory for your convenience. Before today, these features were only available from the Facts View, and we wanted to remove those extra clicks for our members who prefer to work in LifeStory. Add Facts directly to LifeStory – To add a new fact from the LifeStory page,… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Aisha Tyler: Headlining your History

Posted on April 3, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? continues to draw millions of viewers in every season because each episode masterfully brings the past to life and tells an evocative story. “How can I find stories like that in my tree?” is the question we hear often at Ancestry, and the answer might be simpler than you… Read more

Ancestry Produkt-Update: Neue Stammbaumfarben

Posted on March 16, 2016 in Site

As we expand globally, Ancestry is committed to offering our educational content in multiple languages so we’re beginning to offer several of our most popular blog posts in German. This post below is available in English and can be found here. Wir haben die Rückmeldungen unserer Kunden in den letzten Monaten sorgfältig aufgenommen und die… Read more

Family Tree Maker Is Updated and Shipping

Posted on March 2, 2016 in Family Tree Maker

Since our last announcement about Software MacKiev acquiring Family Tree Maker, we’re excited to let you know that Software MacKiev has officially begun shipping updated versions of Family Tree Maker Windows 2014 and Mac 3. This is a free update for current users of the 2014 / Mac 3 versions. With this, you will have… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: Tree Color Preferences

Posted on March 1, 2016 in Site

Over the past couple of months we have been listening to member feedback and running usability testing around the color options available on our site. Some members have shared it was difficult to read light text on a darker background. Others actually preferred it. We have come up with several color options so you can… Read more

Largest Collection of Irish Catholic Parish Records Launched Online

Posted on March 1, 2016 in Australia, Canada, Collections, Ireland, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce 10 million historic Catholic Parish records from Ireland have been indexed and are now available online. This is the largest collection of its kind available digitally, and means that Ancestry now offers access to more than 55 million Irish records – making it a significant resource for people around the world… Read more

5 Tipps für einen soliden Familienstammbaum

Posted on February 21, 2016 in Germany, Research

In unsere Familienstammbäume investieren wir einiges an Zeit und Geld und natürlich auch viel Herzblut. Und da wir so viel Liebe in diese Arbeit legen, wollen wir sichergehen, dass die Verknüpfungen zwischen den Generationen und zwischen unseren Vorfahren und den dazugehörigen Belegen solide und belastbar sind. Deswegen haben wir ein paar Punkte zusammengestellt, die sehr… Read more