Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Juliana's Corner, Research, Searching for Records, Site Features

As I write this, I’m getting ready for a trip to Utah. As a fairly frequent traveler, I know that to make the trip less stressful, I need lists. Lists are what keep me from wandering around the house searching for nothing in particular, grasping randomly for things I might need, and missing items I… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #5: Start Small, Go Big — Using Sliders in Search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research, Site Features

Ancestry.com has over 12 billion records and finding the ones you care about is easier when you have a few tricks at your disposal. One of the best? Filters.  Name, Location and Date. And to make those filters just a bit easier to use, we’ve added the new Sliders feature. Do you have 5 minutes?… Read more

A Fond Farewell to “Old Search”

Posted by Katharine Nester on March 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Last week we said a fond farewell to the “Old Search” functionality on the site. Over the years, we have been maintaining two separate search experiences – “Old Search” and “Primary Search.”  With offering two search experiences, it has limited the resources we could use to make improvements, and also increased the complexity of every… Read more

Coming Soon to Search—More Control Over Your Results!

Posted by Ancestry.com on February 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

A new sliding control is coming to the Ancestry search function over the next couple of weeks. Located in the upper-left corner of the search results page, it will make it easy to quickly broaden or narrow your search results.  Don’t see the search results you were expecting? Simply drag one or more sliders from… Read more

Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on November 15, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Research, Site Features

Why Use the Card Catalog? The Card Catalog is your resource for answering a lot of your questions quickly and easily. One of the most asked questions is “What records are available on Ancestry.com?” – the Card Catalog can answer those questions and once you have learned to use it you can browse through all… Read more

Exciting Ancestry Site Updates!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on August 23, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Today, we’re letting a couple of our product managers tell you about some exciting website updates that will make your family history research a bit easier, and – we hope – a bit more fun! Without further ado, here they are. New in Interactive Viewer – Related Content Panel We’re really excited to offer this… Read more

New England Family History Comes Alive with 220 Million New Records!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on July 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content, Digitization, Site Features

We are very excited to announce we have added more than 220 million historical New England records to our existing database creating the most comprehensive collection of New England records available online! Included in the new collections are birth, marriage and death records for hundreds of millions of residents in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire,… Read more

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

Posted by Juliana Smith on July 1, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family Trees, Mobile, Site Features

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

New Search Results Page On Ancestry.com

Posted by Crista Cowan on May 16, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records, Site Features

Have you logged on to Ancestry.com today and done any record searching? Then you probably noticed that we made some changes overnight to the search results page. This is part of our continued effort to improve performance on the site and the load time required for key pages. This also allows us to work towards… Read more