Past Articles

Ancestry Trees Service Will Be Down Tonight

Posted on September 17, 2008 in Family Trees

  Starting at about 11:00 PM tonight (Mountain Daylight Time) our Tree Service will be down—we estimate this will last about 30 minutes. We’re doing this to accommodate the tremendous growth we’re experiencing. This tree service downtime will affect Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of Ancestry Press, the sections of the Home Page that are… Read more

New Record Merge Feature

Posted on May 29, 2008 in Family Trees

We’re excited today to be rolling a long-awaited and much-requested feature for family trees. Many of our historical records on Ancestry have information in them about other members of the family—not just the one person.Previously when you saved a record, you could only save it to one person at a time, and if the record… Read more

Updates to Trees Service

Posted on May 21, 2008 in Family Trees

Yesterday between about 11:30 PM and 2:00 AM we did some work to improve our trees service database. An unfortunate side affect of this work is that a few features of the system will be down for (we anticipate) a few days while we get everything caught up with new changes. During this time you… Read more

On The Road…

Posted on May 7, 2008 in Family Trees

Are you going to the NGS conference this month? Come visit me at the Ancestry booth–I’d love to meet and listen to your thoughts on Ancestry Family Trees. Here’s the conference details: 2008 National Genealogical Society Conference Kansas City, Missouri, 14 – 17 May 2008 http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/

Ancestry Member Trees reach 500 million names

Posted on March 28, 2008 in Family Trees

We’ve hit another milestone recently, reaching 500 million names added to the system. This is remarkable especially considering the relatively short time frame we’ve been at this–about 19 months. During that time, more than 4.5 million people have created a family tree, more than 7 million photos have been uploaded, and more than 1 million… Read more

Updated “find” tool in family tree

Posted on March 26, 2008 in Family Trees

This might be something you already use, or maybe something you haven’t tried much yet. In the top right corner of most family tree pages we have a little tool that lets you find or quickly jump to any person in your tree. Today we made some changes to it, and want to get your… Read more

New “Save” option added to trees

Posted on March 26, 2008 in Family Trees

We’ve been doing a fair amount of work lately to make it easier to add information you find in other public family trees into your own. Starting back in December we began including information about other public member trees in the ancestry hints(tm). Before then, the hints only included information from OneWorldTree. We’ve also recently… Read more

The Trees Service Is Getting a Massage

Posted on February 27, 2008 in Family Trees

You may have noticed that the “New content has been added to your family tree” emails haven’t been coming to your inbox lately. These are on hold while we’re ramping up new capacity for the trees service. The pause happens because we’re replicating the live data to an additional service system so we can handle… Read more

Ancestry Trees Service Will Be Down Part of Today

Posted on February 19, 2008 in Family Trees

Starting at about 1:00 PM today (Mountain Standard Time) our Tree Service will be down—we estimate this will last about 30 minutes. We’re doing this because we are adding increased capacity to the portion of our system that enables Ancestry Hints. We also expect this project to improve the speed of the overall trees service.… Read more

More questions and answers about the Online Family Tree Transition

Posted on December 26, 2007 in Family Trees

I’ve just returned to the office after a very nice holiday break, and found there are some additional outstanding questions and concerns about our OFT announcement. I’ve posted your questions and concerns (sometimes paraphrased) in bold below, with my answer or thoughts below it. Which system am I using? Do I need to do anything?… Read more