Ancestry Member Trees Featured in the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast

Posted by on January 26, 2009 in Family Trees

Kenny Freestone, Trees Product Manager for, recently chatted about Ancestry Member Trees with Lisa Louise Cook on the “Family History: Genealogy “Made Easy” podcast. During the interview, Kenny offers his Top Five Tips for making the most of Ancestry Member Trees. You can listen to the podcast here.

Saved indicator and trees person card

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 12, 2008 in Site, Family Trees, Searching for Records

Something new for those of you who store your trees on the site while you are searching: person card and saved indicator. If you look at this snippet from a search for my great uncle Ashby: You’ll notice the green check next to records you’ve already saved to that person, which I truly love. If… Read more

Trees Service will be down tonight

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 8, 2008 in Family Trees

Our trees service will be unavailable early tomorrow morning for (we hope!) about 30 minutes starting around 1:30 AM mountain time. We apologize for this downtime, but hope you take comfort knowing it should result in better performance for the more than 13 million photos you and other members have submitted. This tree service downtime… Read more

See the people in your tree on a map

Posted by Kenny Freestone on November 20, 2008 in Family Trees now helps you visualize where important events occurred in the lives of your ancestors by placing their events on a map. How do I use it? We’ve updated the family tree so that just about anywhere we show a place, you can click on that place and see the link on the map.  When… Read more

Introducing the “Ancestry Toolbar”

Posted by Kenny Freestone on October 30, 2008 in Family Trees

We’re excited to introduce a new tool which will help you find information from across the web and organize it back inside your family tree on Ancestry. What is it? It’s called the “Ancestry Toolbar”.  It’s a toolbar you can install and add to your browser (If you use IE or Firefox), adding an instant… Read more

Ancestry Trees Service Will Be Down Tonight

Posted by Kenny Freestone 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 by Kenny Freestone 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 by Kenny Freestone 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 by Kenny Freestone 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

Ancestry Member Trees reach 500 million names

Posted by Kenny Freestone 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