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Tattoos, Pigeon Theft and Financial Fraud: Introducing The West Yorkshire Collection

Posted on April 30, 2014 in Collections

Thousands of 19th century child criminal records have been published online for the first time – shedding light on the delinquent and destitute children of Victorian Britain. The West Yorkshire Collection (1779-1914) details the crimes of thousands of boys admitted to Calder Farm Reformatory, East Moor Community Home School and The Shadwell Children’s Center. More than… Read more

New Quaker Records Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends”

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Collections

We just released 11.5 million new records documenting one of the most prominent groups in American history, the “Religious Society of Friends,” more commonly known as Quakers. Spanning over 300 years (late 1600s – late 1900s), the collection includes birth, marriage, death, disownment, and memorial records, sourced from the Quaker’s monthly meeting minutes. About The Quakers… Read more

AncestryDNA Advances Exploration of African American Ethnic Origins: Couples Genetic Science with Historical Records

Posted on February 26, 2014 in AncestryDNA, Collections

Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science from AncestryDNA, African Americans are now able to make new discoveries about their ethnic origins, learning about the people and cultures that have been a part of their ancestral heritage for centuries. With test takers on average having at least three and a half regions in Africa as part of… Read more

Coming Soon to Search—More Control Over Your Results!

Posted on February 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

A new sliding control is coming to the Ancestry search function over the next couple of weeks. Located in the upper-left corner of the search results page, it will make it easy to quickly broaden or narrow your search results.  Don’t see the search results you were expecting? Simply drag one or more sliders from… Read more

Ancestry.com Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com. These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish… Read more

Just Released: Family Tree Maker Mac 3!

Posted on December 13, 2013 in Family Tree Maker

We are pleased to announce the release of Family Tree Maker Mac 3, an updated and expanded version of the No. 1-selling family history software. Starting at $39.99, it comes packed with new features including a new Family ViewTM that lets you control how you see your family tree and add or edit information while… Read more

Looking Back at the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in New Online Historical Record Collection

Posted on November 20, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

  Nearly 100 years of Texas birth and death records now available online, including key figures who investigated the death of the nation’s President and reported on the events in the days that followed.  Today we are releasing, for the first time online, 6.5 million new birth and death records from the Texas Department of… Read more

Ancestry.com and Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives Online

Posted on November 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

We are excited to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories–in their original wire copy format–available online today. Available at Ancestry.com/AP, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource… Read more

The Fold3 Honor Wall

Posted on November 7, 2013 in Military Records

  Just in time for Veterans Day, our Fold3 team has launched The Honor Wall, an online memorial for the many millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces over the past 200+ years.   Family, friends and loved ones will be able to pay homage to their heroes by developing a special… Read more

Ancestry.com Acquires Find A Grave

Posted on September 30, 2013 in Company News

We are pleased to announce that Ancestry.com LLC has acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the leading online cemetery database.  With over 100 million memorials and 75 million photos, Find A Grave has amassed an unparalleled collection of burial information. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for genealogists, history buffs… Read more

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