Quick Guide Available: New Facts Page

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

The updated Facts view lets you add facts, family members, sources, and more. To get you started, take a look at these common tasks and how you can perform them with the new site. (1) Find a person in your tree—While this feature works the same, you’ll find it on the top-left side of the… Read more

Historical Insights: Walking in My Ancestors’ Shoes

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on June 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

I never understood my parents’ obsession with family history until I started to see my ancestors as more than just names and dates—and dusty old records. At first it was reading my Grandpa Pete’s journal describing the Statue of Liberty when his family arrived from Denmark. And when I read The Grapes of Wrath and… Read more

The New Facts View: Make Sure You Are Climbing YOUR Family Tree and Not Someone Else’s

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 8, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Have you seen the new Facts View on your Ancestry online tree?  If you haven’t let me tell you what you are missing.  Just like before, you will find the facts you’ve discovered and entered about the life of a person in your tree running down the page like a timeline.  You will also find… Read more

Ancestry LifeStory: The Life Lived in the Dash

Posted by Crista Cowan on June 2, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

As a genealogist, I love putting the puzzle of the family tree together.  I love the process of reasonably exhaustive searches and analysis and correlation of evidence. I love how one genealogical question leads to another and those questions lead to records that lead to more questions.  It’s exciting to share that “thrill of the… Read more

Announcing the New Ancestry Website

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

We are excited to announce that the new Ancestry website is now available to all U.S.-based members*. As some of you know, the new site has been in beta since mid-February, and thousands of Ancestry members have been actively using the new site and providing feedback (thank you!). As of today, the new Ancestry site… Read more

Beyond “The Wet Dog Effect”: Telling Your Story with the New Ancestry

Posted by Dan Lawyer on April 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Have you ever had one of those days when you made a major breakthrough in your family history? What do you do? You corner one of your kids, a spouse, or even a stranger walking down the street and tell them all about how cool it was that you finally realized there was a transcription… Read more

Introducing Historical Insights

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 2, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Mobile, Site Features

What was it like for your immigrant great-grandparents to pass through Ellis Island? Did your mother watch as the Great Mississippi flood destroyed her hometown? Have you ever wondered what your grandfather’s life was like when he served in the army in World War I? We realize how much these types of historical events shaped… Read more

Do You Have a Search Strategy?

Posted by Juliana Szucs 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