Past Articles

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Following the Clues with Ginnifer Goodwin

Posted on July 26, 2015 in Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

You see it all the time in movie mysteries: the genius detective trying to solve a case that seems to have no answer. As the story progresses, however, we are transported into the detective’s mind. Random clues appear to glow in the detective’s vision, flashbacks to telling circumstances pop on the screen, and the audience… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 22nd Feature Update

Posted on July 23, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that called out upcoming enhancements that we had planned. Here is this week’s update on our progress. We have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide… Read more

AncestryDNA’s New Ancestor Discoveries Solves a 100 Year Old Family Story

Posted on July 22, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Our latest innovation from AncestryDNA makes it possible to find your ancestors using just DNA. We call it New Ancestor Discoveries, and Gloria, an AncestryDNA customer, found out exactly how powerful this technology can be. Gloria was born and raised in Honduras. Her parents divorced when she was little, and she had limited contact with… Read more

Over 100 Years of Canadian Yearbook Records are Now Online

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Canada, Content, Research

As kids across the country enjoy their break from the books this summer, we just released a collection of more than one million historical yearbook records (featuring more than 100,000 pages), helping shed light on Canadian high school and university attendees from years past. The Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010 collection contains 1,355,141 Canadian middle school,… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 15th Feature Update

Posted on July 15, 2015 in Site, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

It has been just over a month since we introduced the new Ancestry website, designed to transform how you can discover and tell your family story. Over the last month, we have been listening to your suggestions for how to make the new site even better. We’ve been working hard to incorporate your feedback to… Read more

Americans Desire Explorers, Royalty, Mayflower Descendants and Military Heroes in Their Family Tree

Posted on July 14, 2015 in Celebrity, Cool Finds, Research

When researching their family history, Americans prefer to find ancestors who were explorers, royalty, Mayflower descendants, and veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, despite such aspirational wishes, Americans more often descend from World War II veterans, immigrants, and entrepreneurs and businessmen. The new findings are part of the second chapter in its Global… Read more

10 Places You Didn’t Think To Look

Posted on July 7, 2015 in Research Helps

There are a dozen good places to find a date of birth, but did you know some of those same resources could be holding much more difficult-to-come-by information, too? We all have our go-to sources for certain facts: census records for ages, relationships, and whereabouts; draft registration cards for addresses and next-of-kin; naturalization documents for… Read more

Quick Guide Available: New Facts Page

Posted on July 1, 2015 in Site, Site Features

The updated Facts view lets you add facts, family members, sources, and more. To get you started, take a look at these common tasks and how you can perform them with the new site. (1) Find a person in your tree—While this feature works the same, you’ll find it on the top-left side of the… Read more

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