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Economy Got You Down? Try Keying Some Naturalization Records…

Posted on September 23, 2009 in World Archives Project

The other day I took a break from obsessing about the stock market, health care reform and climate change to key some naturalization records for the World Archives Project. I happened to get a batch of index cards for German immigrants who came to New York in the late 1800s. As I typed in… Read more Celebrates New York’s 400th Anniversary

Posted on September 9, 2009 in Content

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who can trace their heritage through New York — or if you’re a history buff and always welcome the opportunity to learn more about U.S. history — I hope you’ll take a few moments to check out our New York 400th Anniversary page. In honor of Henry… Read more

American Baby Names are ‘All in the Family’

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Company News

It turns out the trend of keeping baby names ‘all in the family’ is more popular than you might think. We were curious to see how many parents turned to their family tree for inspiration when choosing a baby name, so we conducted an independent survey to find out. Check out what we learned: Nearly half of… Read more

U.S. Content Update: Obituaries, Naturalizations, City Directories, New Census Images and More

Posted on August 13, 2009 in Content

It’s been a while since my last post, so let me take you through some of the new U.S. content released on since then: United States Obituary Collection – This database continues to grow weekly.  Plus, beginning this year, it now contains more extracted fields, and in some cases, photographs. Jewish Collection – Several… Read more

MyCanvas webinar on descendant books and posters

Posted on July 20, 2009 in Site

If you missed last Thursday’s webinar, Using MyCanvas to Make Descendant Family History Books and Posters, you can view the program at your convenience in the archive. Many thanks to everyone who participated and submitted questions and comments. Several participants mentioned that they would have appreciated a more detailed demonstration of the image and text… Read more

How many billions of records are on

Posted on June 30, 2009 in Content

The size of’s record collection is a fascinating topic. As of June 2009, subscribers to and our international sites can search the historical censuses for the U.S., UK and Canada, U.S. and international vital records, amazing collections of military and immigration records, and many others, not to mention the 10 million family trees… Read more Launches ‘My Story’ Advertising Campaign

Posted on June 29, 2009 in Company News

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our new “My Story” advertising campaign, which highlights five of our customers and their incredible family history discoveries. The campaign will run for at least the next 12 months, and features five 15, 30 and 60-second television ads. You can see the ads on cable networks such as… Read more

New in MyCanvas: Descendant family tree posters

Posted on June 22, 2009 in Site

During our webinar on family history books back in January, two-thirds of the audience—nearly 1,200 members—told us they were interested in creating a descendant family tree poster. I’m happy to report that descendant posters are finally available in MyCanvas, just in time for family reunion season. A descendant tree poster could start with you… Read more

Canadian Census Complete 1851-1916

Posted on June 10, 2009 in Content

We just released the final 3 census years to complete the Canadian Census collection from 1851 to 1916.  The Canadian Census Collection represents the first time ever that the 1851/2, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911 and 1916 censuses will be fully searchable online.  For those of us that have some Canadian roots this… Read more

New Site Navigation

Posted on May 27, 2009 in Site

We are excited to announce the launch of the new site-wide navigation at the top of every page.    This change came about after a lot of research and gathering feedback from people who use the site every day. You will find that it is quicker and easier for you to get where you want to go… Read more

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