See Your DNA Matches in a Whole New Way

Posted by Anna Swayne on August 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA just released a new matching tool called Shared Matches. This new tool will help you see your matches in a whole new way, giving you clues about the common ancestor that may have given both you and your match the DNA you share today. And as a bonus, if you have had a parent… Read more

How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy

Posted by Denise May Levenick on August 25, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator Sometimes you don’t have a choice when it comes to finding your ancestor in old photographs. You are happy to take anything, even if it’s a tiny face in a crowd of college grads or a stern-faced soldier in the back row of long panorama. Group photos present… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 22nd Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we covered the location issues, why they were happening and possible solutions. This week we rolled out a product fix to resolve it. As previously mentioned, we require a certain amount of information about the place in order to properly place it on the map. When a… Read more

Don’t Suffer From Library Anxiety: How to Best Research in Libraries

Posted by Linda Barnickel on August 19, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Research Helps

Guest Post by Linda Barnickel There’s a name for it. “Library anxiety.” We learned about this in library school. Symptoms: anxiety, uncertainty, sudden shyness, fear, worry that one might seem woefully ignorant, embarrassment, bewilderment, lack of confidence, and perhaps even shame that one should “know better” or already know the answers before the questions are… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 14th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we showed the progress we made on printing and FamilySearch integration. This week we are focusing on a challenge you may have seen with the place names (locations) in the LifeStory. Location, location, location: In the new Ancestry website, we automatically generate descriptions for certain events… Read more

On the Street Where They Lived: Exploring Your Ancestor’s Hometown in UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005 Collection

Posted by Juliana Szucs on August 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you ever wondered about the places where your ancestor lived? What did their street look like? The church they attended? What was the view as your ancestor went into town or to the market? Thanks to Francis Frith, many of us can now get a glimpse of ancestral towns and cities as they looked… Read more

The New Ancestry: August 7th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on August 7, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that showed some of the progress we were making on the print function in the Facts View. 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… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 31st Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 31, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that introduced exciting enhancements on Person Media Gallery, Research Tools, and Family Card in Hints. 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… Read more

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

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com 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

SSDI’s New Companion: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 24, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was among the first collections posted on Ancestry when the website first began adding content back in 1996. Since then, it has been a boon to researchers looking for 20th-century ancestors and those doing descendancy, heirship, and other types of forensic genealogical research. Once you locate an ancestor in the… Read more