Past Articles

Understanding Your Privacy Settings

Posted on June 26, 2015 in Site

At Ancestry, we value and respect our customers’ privacy and we have standards in place to protect the integrity of the data our customers entrust to us. So, we want to be clear about a policy change we are making. As of today, we are updating our privacy statement to clarify what information we may… Read more

Farmers: The Unsung Heroes of America

Posted on June 22, 2015 in Site

This is a guest post by George Morgan, genealogy expert and co-host of The Genealogy Guys podcast.  I can document two U.S. presidents in my family tree. While their lives are fascinating, their stories don’t pique my interest nearly as much as the lives of the common men and women who embody the spirit of the American… Read more

Forged In Steel

Posted on June 17, 2015 in Site

This is a guest post by Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.  For more than 40 years, my paternal grandfather, John Alzo, would wake up, have two soft-boiled eggs with toast and a bit of coffee served in his favorite blue-and-white porcelain mug, pull on his workpants, shirt, and safety shoes, and walk the 15 minutes from his… Read more

The Wonders of DNA

Posted on June 12, 2015 in Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA My family has been doing family history for 150 years. Do I really need a DNA test? — LoAnne Dear LoAnne, If you are blessed to have a well-researched, extensive family tree, constructed on a solid foundation of detailed documentation, you may… Read more

New Ancestry: Feature Update

Posted on June 5, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

We’d like to thank all of you who have tried the New Ancestry website so far. We are hearing from many of you who are enjoying the enhanced storytelling features, streamlined Facts view, Historical Insights, and other elements of the new site. We also sincerely thank you for all your feedback. As we transition from… Read more

7 Facts You Didn’t Know about the D-Day Invasion at Normandy

Posted on June 5, 2015 in Military Records, Moments in Time

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944 —the day the Allied troops invaded the beaches at Normandy, France— was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the first time since 1688 that an invading army successfully crossed the English Channel. The D-Day landings led to the liberation of France from Nazi control and have… Read more

Announcing the New Ancestry Website

Posted on June 1, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, Site Features, United Kingdom

We are excited to announce that the new Ancestry website is now available to all U.S.-based members*. As some of you know, the new site has been in beta since mid-February, and thousands of Ancestry members have been actively using the new site and providing feedback (thank you!). As of today, the new Ancestry site… Read more

Agents of Change: Recruiting for Industrial America in 1800s

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Site

By Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG Ever wonder why your ancestors left the comforts of home to come to America? Maybe they were recruited. That’s what I discovered about mine. But finding out more about the recruiter and recruiting process was a journey in itself. How It Worked Just like sports teams do today, back in… Read more

Where’s William? Finding New Clues in Old Evidence

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Loretto Dennis Szucs, Genealogist I have been researching my husband’s family and have hit a roadblock. His great-great-great grandfather, William Weikert, came to America from Germany and settled in a community about 30 miles from us. I know he was born September 1817. I have a copy of his… Read more

Latest News from MyCanvas by Alexander’s

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Site, MyCanvas

MyCanvas, formerly a branch of Ancestry, is alive and well under the ownership of Alexander’s. MyCanvas allows users to easily create family history books, genealogy charts, photo collages, and more. Once the book has been designed and ordered, Alexander’s will professionally print, bind, and ship your customized creation to your door. Check out this video to see the… Read more