About Heather Erickson

Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for Ancestry.com and has been with the company since 2009.

Past Articles

Get Ready For an Encore Performance of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (August 13 at 8/7c)

Posted on August 11, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Who Do You Think You Are?

As you may have already heard, NBC is planning to re-air four episodes of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? starting on Friday, August 13 at 8/7c. As a sponsor of NBC during the show, we wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss this Friday night affair, where you can expect… Read more

Winner chosen for the Ancestry.com Ultimate Family History Journey™ Sweepstakes

Posted on June 17, 2010 in Company News, Member Connect, Who Do You Think You Are?

Every genealogist remembers the moment when they were bit by the genealogy bug, when they broke through one of their brick walls, or when they won $20,000 for their very own personal family history journey. Well… I don’t remember the latter happening to me either, but Carolyn S. from Youngstown, Ohio does. That’s because Carolyn… Read more

Ancestry.com Acquires New Family Member: Sweden’s Genline.se

Posted on June 15, 2010 in Company News, Content

If you haven’t already heard the good news, we wanted you to know that we have agreed to acquire the leading Swedish family history website Genline.se. While the deal is still not final, we expect the acquisition details to be determined over the next month. Almost 4 million Americans claimed Swedish heritage in the 2000… Read more

Ancestry.com Celebrates Memorial Day

Posted on May 25, 2010 in Content, Webinars

Memorial Day is right around the corner. It’s a time to remember the military heroes that fought for America’s freedom and reflect on those sacrifices made for our country. And what better way to honor them than by locating your military ancestors within historical record collections so that their legacy can live on for generations… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 7 – Spike Lee

Posted on April 30, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

It might seem ironic that a filmmaker – a professional story teller – didn’t get his own family’s story on film before it was too late, but that’s what happened to Spike Lee on Who Do You Think You Are?, whose grandmother died in 2006 at age 100, taking with her whatever she knew about… Read more

NEW Ancestry.com Wiki Makes Updating The Source and Red Book More Frequent

Posted on April 30, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Ancestry.com Wiki

What if the respected genealogical resources The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources could be updated on a more regular basis? With all of the information these two books provide us in our family history research, the details can easily become outdated. Well now these two… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 6 – Susan Sarandon

Posted on April 23, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

From New York to Italy and back again – all to find a single mystery relative in the family tree. For Susan Sarandon, whose quest to learn more about her grandmother on Who Do You Think You Are? took her to two separate continents and through dozens of records, the hard work and research paid… Read more

Ancestral Entrepreneurs: Details of 19th-Century Businesses Now on Ancestry.com

Posted on April 21, 2010 in Content

Do you have entrepreneurs in your family? If your ancestors owned a business in the 19th century, you’ll now be able to learn the details of their company, or even their farm, in the Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880 that are now online. This unique collection of agriculture, industry/manufacturers, and social statistics contains the names and… Read more

More U.S. Public Records = More Ancestry Hints

Posted on April 7, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you tried searching the U.S. Public Records Index (USPRI) lately? Whether you’re searching for a distant cousin or want to locate information about Grandpa, we’ve added 800 million records to the USPRI collection for a total of more than 1.2 billion records from all 50 states, so it’s worth searching through the collection again.… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode 5 – Brooke Shields

Posted on April 2, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Brooke Shields always felt her parents were from separate worlds, but when she dug into her family history on Who Do You Think You Are? , she realized how true this really was. Her mother was from a working-class New Jersey household, and her father’s family stemmed from European aristocracy. Researching the pair, however, gave… Read more