Past Articles

Ancestry Product Update: February 19th Issue

Posted on February 19, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

We recently released several changes to Hints and wanted to make sure you were aware: Navigational Change on All Hints Page: As part of making navigational changes that allow you to get to endpoints more quickly across the site, we introduced the ability to access a list of all people on your trees in the… Read more

Ancestry Product Update: February 1st Issue

Posted on February 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Following the global transition that took place last month, we wanted to highlight features we recently released and others we are still working on. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site. Feature we introduced:… Read more

A Quarter of Canadians Unaware of Where Ancestors Emigrated From

Posted on January 25, 2016 in Canada

With the topic of migration currently on the news agenda, new research¹ reveals that many Canadians are in the dark when it comes to their own family’s immigration story. During a recent research project we commissioned, we found nine out of 10 Canadians agree that immigration is important to our country. Canada was the first country… Read more

Ancestry Releases Transparency Report, Updated Privacy Statement and Guide for Law Enforcement

Posted on January 25, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Company News

Today we are releasing the first Ancestry Transparency Report, which covers law enforcement requests to Ancestry sites for member data in 2015. As we continue to make our members’ privacy a priority, our intent in issuing this report is to help explain to our members and the public the types of law enforcement requests Ancestry… Read more

Joining Your Family’s Native American Tribe

Posted on January 8, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Arnold, Senior Content Strategist at Ancestry Is it possible to become accepted into the Native American tribe of my ancestor? —David C. Many Americans believe they have at least one Native American ancestor. More than 900 nations, peoples, tribes, and bands (the terms are interchangeable) once lived on… Read more

The New Ancestry: December 11th Feature Update

Posted on December 11, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered the upcoming features and this week we introduced several important enhancements to the Person Page, Facts view and media experience in the new Ancestry. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end… Read more

The New Ancestry: December 6th Feature Update

Posted on December 6, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered the List of All People feature and we plan to introduce features that make Facts view and Person Page even better in the upcoming week. As a reminder, as of December 15th, 2015, the old website will be… Read more

The New Ancestry: November 23rd Feature Update

Posted on November 23, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered Member Connect and Military Pages, and in the upcoming weeks, we will re-introduce more options under the “Find Person in this tree” menu on the person page. More importantly, as of December 15th, 2015, the old website will be… Read more

The New Ancestry: November 13th Feature Update

Posted on November 13, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered media improvements and this week we are happy to announce that Member Connect and Military Pages have been introduced into the site. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this… Read more

How to Test Your Family Legends with DNA

Posted on November 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research, Research Helps

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA In family history, the myths are often more fun than the facts. Perhaps you have a few in your own family lore. Maybe it’s a story about your great-grandfather stowing away on a ship to come to America, or maybe it’s the… Read more