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Interactive Image Viewer (Beta)

Posted on January 31, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Record images are the foundation of your family history, and we want to create a rich viewing experience that will bring these historical documents to life. The new Interactive Image Viewer (currently in beta) includes interactive tools to help you view and interpret the information on the record as well as navigation controls that make… Read more

Recent Searches & Recently Viewed Collections

Posted on December 2, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Hello Everyone!  I wrote a couple blog posts about the updated pages in New Search a few months ago.   Updated new search homepage Browse the Place Pages  I thought it might be worth discussing a few more of the features in greater detail.   How often do you step away from your research for a few hours and then have trouble remembering exactly where you left… Read more

Browse the Place Pages

Posted on August 30, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

I posted a blog about the new pages in new search a few weeks ago.  But there were so many changes that I think each one should have a dedicated post.  The location of an Ancestor’s birth or residence greatly influenced their life story.  By browsing by location, I found a book about Hopewell New… Read more

Updated new search homepage, place pages, recent searches & recently viewed collections

Posted on July 13, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

We listened to your feedback and we are updating our search pages (New Search only). We gathered input from members through many sources and consolidated your feedback. Based on your feedback, new search pages will have improved navigation, maps, shortcuts to your favorite data collections, easier access to recent searches, and more browsing options.

New search category pages

Posted on May 6, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

With feedback and beta testing from members, we’re working on updates to many areas of Ancestry.com search. Our newest update enhances the category pages.  The forms themselves on the category pages haven’t changed and will continue to work in the familiar way.  But we’ve made several enhancements in the content surrounding the forms.  The new features you’ll see… Read more

Updated Groups Page Design & Formatting

Posted on February 23, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

We have updated our group pages to be more useful and efficient for new and experienced members. These group pages can help you quickly find individual data collections that share a common characteristic such as census records from a single country.   For example, you can access all the US Federal Censuses from the US Federal… Read more

New 1950 U.S. Census Substitute

Posted on January 19, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Last week we posted a new 1950 U.S. census substitute.  These records can serve as a great starting point for learning more about people who were born or grew up after the 1930 U.S. Census. To protect the privacy of living individuals, U.S. censuses are not released to the general public until 72 years after… Read more

Saving Records and Images

Posted on December 11, 2009 in Searching for Records

Hello Everyone,

I think it is time for a quick review on saving images and records and using the shoebox. I’ve seen some questions on where the shoebox is located and if you can save images to your thumb drive. So let’s review the saving methods on Ancestry.com.

Card Catalog questions from the October 2009 Search Webinar

Posted on November 2, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Thank you for your participation in the search strategies webinar. We had a wonderful turnout with thousands of comments and questions. We answered as many questions as time allowed. We have a list of the questions asked during the webinar and we’ll be posting answers to the most popular questions and topic areas.

There were many questions about the card catalog and about topics that can be researched using the card catalog.

Best Strategies for Searching Ancestry.com

Posted on October 7, 2009 in Searching for Records, Webinars

Hello everyone, The search team is excited about our free online webinar about searching Ancestry.com on October 14th at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. In this webinar, we will show you the best strategies for searching Ancestry.com’s thousands of databases. Improving your search strategies will help you to find more information about your ancestors. It… Read more

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