Past Articles

In Memory of Elizabeth Taylor, 1932–2011

Posted on March 24, 2011 in Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com Site, Expert Connect

As the Ancestry.com – 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 Ancestry.com that links you to hundreds… Read more

Expert Connect helps track down unknown Grandfather’s history

Posted on May 27, 2010 in Expert Connect

Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com that will link you to hundreds of experienced genealogists who can assist you with your research goals. We recently talked with Willard Edison, an Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com Site

We want to let you know that the Ancestry.com 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.

President Obama and Financial Investor Warren Buffett Related

Posted on December 15, 2009 in Company News

President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett are 7th cousins, 3 times removed. Family history experts at Ancestry.com discovered the relation and determined that the men are related through a 17th-century Frenchman named Mareen Duvall – Pres. Obama’s 9th great-grandfather and Buffett’s 6th great-grandfather. Duvall was born in France and came to Maryland in the mid-1600s. Once in… Read more

Scheduled Site Maintenance Tonight, Wednesday Nov. 18

Posted on November 18, 2009 in Site Status

We want to let you know that the Ancestry.com and related Ancestry International sites will be down for about 4 hours for scheduled maintenance tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 18) through early Wednesday morning beginning at 11:30 PM Mountain Time (that’s 1:30  AM ET or 5:30 AM GMT).  The Ancestry World Archives Project will only be available for offline keying. Thank you… Read more

Former Friends Reunite After 34 Years

Posted on November 16, 2009 in Member Connect

Most of you have probably seen the video clips on our site highlighting the success stories of a few of our members. There is a video about Cathryn Darling, who thought her father had abandoned her as a child only to find out through research on Ancestry.com that he was killed in a tragic fishing… Read more

Ancestry.com Adds 600 Navy Cruise Books to Its U.S. Military Collection

Posted on November 10, 2009 in Content

To commemorate Veterans Day, Ancestry.com today added more than 600 Navy cruise books to its online collection of military records. This effort is the result of an agreement between Ancestry.com and the United States Navy. The collection of Navy cruise books, available exclusively online at Ancestry.com, represents nearly 40 years of cruises following World War… Read more