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Tonight on Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted on March 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you know which of your ancestors was the first to set foot in America? It’s a good question — one that country music legend Reba McEntire is hoping to answer for her mother. But the history she uncovers isn’t always pleasant, and Reba discovers that her own family connections lead to a pair of… Read more

Next on Who Do You Think You Are? — Finding Alternative Routes

Posted on February 23, 2012 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

Regardless of ethnicity, when you dabble in family history, you’re likely to hit a wall. And if you’re African American, the “wall” you hit is almost guaranteed to be triggered by slavery. However, on Friday night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? actor Blair Underwood’s search demonstrates exactly why it’s always worth looking… Read more

A Murder Mystery on Who Do You Think You Are

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

On this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? award-winning actress Marisa Tomei searches for the truth behind her great-grandfather’s rumored murder. Learn what she uncovers and how getting a look at the big picture changes an entire generation’s view of one hardworking man in the family tree. is a sponsor of… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Returns This Friday

Posted on February 2, 2012 in Who Do You Think You Are?

From Apocalypse Now to The West Wing, Martin Sheen has dealt with the price of war and the prerogatives of power in his roles as an actor. Turns out, that’s nothing new in a family tree where fact proves to be more unbelievable than fiction. Check out Sheen’s trip through two civil wars on his… Read more

In Memory of Elizabeth Taylor, 1932–2011

Posted on March 24, 2011 in Site

Famed and world renowned actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and her words moved many. As we look inside ourselves and remember the gift that Elizabeth gave us, we’re reminded of one of her quotes: “I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors… Read more

Do You Have the Luck of the Irish? Enter Our Sweepstakes to Find Out!

Posted on March 15, 2011 in Site

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to celebrate Irish heritage, and it’s coming up fast. Whether you’re 100% Irish or just Irish at heart, we know the importance of discovering your family history. So this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate their heritage with our “Wish2Win” sweepstakes. We’ve begun taking… Read more

Discovering true age of grandmother on Expert Connect

Posted on June 24, 2010 in Site, Expert Connect

As the – Expert Connect service celebrates its first anniversary since launching on June 24, 2009, we wanted to share Kathy Morrissey’s story of how she found her grandmother’s true age, a family mystery, and passed that along to her mother.  Expert Connect is an online tool available on that links you to hundreds… Read more

Expert Connect helps track down unknown Grandfather’s history

Posted on May 27, 2010 in Expert Connect started the Expert Connect service nearly a year ago.  For those of you that aren’t aware, Expert Connect is an online tool available on that will link you to hundreds of experienced genealogists who can assist you with your research goals. We recently talked with Willard Edison, an customer and a security supervisor… Read more

Intermittent Site Problems

Posted on March 5, 2010 in Site Status

We wanted to let everyone know that we are experiencing some intermittent site problems that have slowed down the site. We are actively working to resolve these issues and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

Scheduled Site Maintenance for Tonight, Wednesday, February 17

Posted on February 17, 2010 in Site

We want to let you know that the and related Ancestry International sites will be down for about 3 hours for scheduled maintenance tonight, Wednesday, February 17 through early Thursday morning beginning at 11:30 PM Mountain Time (that’s 1:30 AM ET, or 6:30 AM GMT).  Thank you for your patience as we improve our infrastructure.

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