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Introducing Shoebox From Ancestry.com – A Scanner in Your Pocket

Posted by mkatchen on July 15, 2013 in Family Trees, Shoebox, Site Features

As you probably know, we acquired 1000memories – maker of the popular Shoebox photo-scanning app – in late 2012. Since then we’ve integrated our teams and today we’re taking a big step towards integrating our products. We’re excited to introduce Shoebox from Ancestry.com – a brand new version of the Shoebox mobile scanner that allows… Read more

Take Your Tree with You This Summer

Summer is prime time for research trips, cemetery visits, and family reunions. For family historians, these trips used to take extra planning. Along with the sunscreen, bug spray, and potato salad, family reunions required choosing which books, papers, and photos to bring along for research or sharing—and the inevitability of forgetting something important. With the… Read more

Unmasking The Lone Ranger’s Leading Men: Real Life Heroes in Hammer and Depp’s Family Trees

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 26, 2013 in Family Trees, Stories

Before there was the Lone Ranger and Tonto, there was… Elizabeth Key and Chief Kanagatucko? New research from Ancestry.com reveals both Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – the leading actors of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lone Ranger” – are direct descendants of two real American freedom fighters. Armie Hammer Is Descended from Cherokee Chief Kanagatucko and… Read more

Six Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Research

Are you brand new to genealogy and not quite sure where to start? Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while and need some inspiration to help you break through that long standing brick wall. As we head into the long weekend, I plan on spending a little time working on my own family history… Read more

Lessons in Genealogy Collaboration

I got an Ancestry.com Message today from a woman related to a man in my family tree.  In her research she had come to a conclusion regarding the identity of his wife that was different from mine. . When was the last time you read and responded to your Ancestry.com messages? . Of course, my… Read more

Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 Update Is Available

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on March 4, 2013 in Family Tree Maker, Family Trees

A free update for Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 is now available. It contains improvements to TreeSync and a number of new features. When you open Family Tree Maker for Mac 2, you should be notified that an update is available. If you aren’t, go to the Family Tree Maker 2 menu and select… Read more

Member Trees: Merge Duplicate People

Posted by jhodnett on December 7, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees

A lot of people have asked over the years how to clean up duplicates in their Ancestry Member Tree.  If you are one of the people who discovered that your mysterious distant cousin Mary was really the same person as Uncle George’s wife Mary, then you’ll be happy to learn that we have a solution that… Read more

Ancestry Member Trees – A New Look for the Person Overview or Profile Page

Posted by jhodnett on October 19, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees

You may have noticed that the Person Overview page has a new look (the page with the details for an ancestor in your tree).  The intent of these visual changes is to start moving toward a simpler design that is more subtle than the previous design so that it more effectively showcases the content about your ancestor.  This… Read more

Using Facebook to Grow Your Family Tree

We are excited to announce the release of a new feature that allows Ancestry members to use Facebook to add information and new people to family trees quickly and easily. When you attach Facebook information to someone in your tree you’ll get the following: Photos: We’ll pull the most recent profile photo from Facebook into… Read more

Genealogy Goals: 3rd Quarter Report

We are headed into the last few months of 2012.  Kids are headed back to school.  Fall is in the air.  And I thought it was a good time to revisit our goals for the year.  If you remember, I shared mine at the beginning of the year.  Some of you shared yours in the… Read more

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