Creating family tree posters from your online tree

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 4, 2009 in Family Trees

If you have an online family tree on, you know that this free service provides many, many benefits. You can connect with other researchers whose family trees overlap with yours. You get automatic “hints” of records that may contain information about your ancestors. You can easily attach records you find on to your… Read more

Move A Pin and Other Mapping Improvements

Posted by jhodnett on February 5, 2009 in Family Trees

Just to introduce myself, I’m Jen Curry, a product manager here at Ancestry. Last month I started working full-time on the maps feature, which is why this post is coming from me instead of Kenny. As most of you know, last November we launched a new feature to Ancestry Member Trees which allows you to see the life… Read more

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

Posted by Ancestry Team 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