Life Underground

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, September-October 2007. The work was dangerous. The hours long. And the slim portion of the paycheck that made its way home at the end of the month? It never seemed enough. Mining. It seems that on any given family tree, at least a few branches are reserved for Read More

AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 2, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’re excited to share some of the advances we’ve made to the science of finding your relatives through DNA, commonly referred to as DNA matching. Today, we’re rolling out an update to AncestryDNA that improves the precision of our DNA matching. And good news for our AncestryDNA customers: this update is free and has already Read More

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Lea Michele: The Immigration of Benuta Veissy

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

  Ellis Island, nicknamed the “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,” was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 through 1954. Three million of those were Jewish immigrants from Europe. This included Lea Michele’s great-grandmother Benuta Veissy. Lea Michele learned how history affected her immigrant ancestor’s experience as American Read More

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Recap Featuring Chris Noth: Finding Answers through Historical Context

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 1, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

As genealogists we focus on identifying our family amid the mass of humanity surrounding them. At times having a narrow focus serves us well. For instance, it was extremely important when searching for Chris’s ancestor John McGuire to find the correct John McGuire in British military and local Irish records (rest assured, there are a lot Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Media Enhancements

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 21, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Site Features, Sweden, United Kingdom

Last week we introduced adding facts and images to events directly from LifeStory, this week, we are introducing better Media experience. Media Upload We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can choose files from your local drive, Read More

New Advances in DNA Science Coming Your Way

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 20, 2016 in AncestryDNA

We’ve been refining and expanding the science behind DNA matching to find your relatives. And we’ve got some exciting improvements coming your way soon. These advancements are expected to deliver more-precise predictions of whom you are related to, and how closely, among the million-plus others in the AncestryDNA database. And we will be making this Read More

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

Posted by Ancestry Team 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 by Ancestry Team 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