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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 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 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 that he was killed in a tragic fishing… Read more Adds 600 Navy Cruise Books to Its U.S. Military Collection

Posted on November 10, 2009 in Content

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

Scheduled Site Maintenance Wed. October 28

Posted on October 26, 2009 in Site Status

We want to let you know that the and related Ancestry International sites will be down for about 3 hours for scheduled maintenance on early Wednesday morning beginning at 1 AM Mountain Time (that’s 3 AM ET or 7 AM GMT).  The Ancestry World Archives Project will only be available for offline keying. During… Read more

What Happened to Amelia Earhart? Posts Case File Investigating Her Disappearance

Posted on October 23, 2009 in Content

There are multiple theories surrounding the mysterious disappearance of iconic aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished in 1937 while attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world. Today, has published a case file revealing some unique details into the investigation of what happened. The 73-page file consists of letters and telegrams sent in… Read more

“My father is not going to just disappear off the face of the earth…. His story is going to go on with us forever.” –Cathryn Darling, member

Posted on October 22, 2009 in Site

If you’ve ever had the experience of learning about an ancestor whose story has been missing from your family tree for a long time, you understand the need to preserve that story and make sure it never disappears again. This was Cathryn Darling’s experience, after she learned that her father, who she’d been told had… Read more

Share Historical Record Discoveries via Facebook, Twitter and Email

Posted on October 15, 2009 in Site Features

Do you recall the first time you saw information about an ancestor on a census record, military draft card or an immigration record?  We’ve just made it easier than ever to share that thrill of discovery with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can share daily finds from the record page by… Read more Adds Atlanta Federal Penitentiary Records

Posted on October 15, 2009 in Content

Notorious train robbers, mob bosses, “butter imposters” and financial schemers are among the infamous outlaws who appear in a unique collection of federal prison records we just added to Provided by the National Archives at Atlanta, the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary Collection (1902-1921) spans two decades and consists of more than 14,000 inmate records documenting… Read more

More Than 400 Years of London Church Records

Posted on October 13, 2009 in Content

Did you know that until 1763, you only had to be 12 (girls) or 14 (boys) to marry in London? That 20% of London’s population was killed by a second Black Plague in the 1600s? That during the first year of WWI, marriages in London increased by 32%? In the October newsletter we featured a… Read more

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