AncestryDNA just keeps getting better—see what’s new

Posted by Stephen Baloglu on November 15, 2012 in Site, AncestryDNA, Site Features

The day you get your AncestryDNA™ results is certainly an exciting one. But your experience doesn’t end there. We’re continually making updates to the AncestryDNA BETA site, including new features and tools designed to enhance your discoveries. So if you’ve taken the new DNA test, here’s an exciting peek into what’s new to the site.… Read more

Using Facebook to Grow Your Family Tree

Posted by Finn Larson on October 9, 2012 in Site, Family Trees, Site Features, Social Media

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

Get Around the Missing 1890 Census

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 13, 2012 in Content, Research Helps, Searching for Records, Site Features

For those of you who are new to genealogy, you may be wondering why you haven’t received any hints leading you to 1890 census records for the people in your family tree.  Here’s the story.  The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was stored in the Commerce Building in Washington D.C.  In 1921 there was a fire… Read more

Our Privacy Philosophy

Posted by Heather Erickson on February 23, 2012 in Site, Company News, Site Features

We know that privacy is increasingly important to you – our users. We want you to know that we care about it too. Our newly published Privacy Philosophy lets you know we have a consistent approach to protecting your privacy and that it is at the core of the decisions we make and what we… Read more

Image Viewer Updates – Print Current View Now Available

Posted by Jim Mosher on December 22, 2011 in Site, Site Features

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback on the new Advanced Image Viewer on the blog, via the message boards, through the survey, and directly via email ( We appreciate the input – both positive and negative – and have used it to further improve the viewer. If you aren’t already using the… Read more

Beta Image Viewer now available

Posted by Jim Mosher on November 16, 2011 in Site, Site Features

A new (beta) image viewer is now available that works with more browsers and on more platforms. Some customers will be automatically directed to the new viewer starting Wednesday, November 16. All customers can opt-in or opt-out at any time.

Ancestry app hits 1 million downloads

Posted by Kendall on April 19, 2011 in Site, Company News, Mobile, Site Features

I’m excited to announce that the Ancestry mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod has been downloaded over 1 million times! Many of you are finding the app to be a great way to interact with your family tree on, share records and photos with others (I’ve personally really enjoyed sitting down with my relatives to… Read more

New iPad and iPhone app

Posted by Kendall on January 31, 2011 in Site, Mobile, Site Features

How would you like to be able to see and navigate your family tree on your iPhone or iPad so you can more easily share family stories visually?  How would you like to be able to view the Census and other records you’ve attached to people in your family tree on your iPhone… Read more Gift Memberships Now Available

Posted by Heather Erickson on November 24, 2010 in Site, Company News, Site Features

Dreading the long shopping lines during Black Friday? Wish you could give a gift this holiday season that is meaningful and will impact your family in a powerful way? As many of you know, there’s nothing like the feeling of discovering your family story.  And now you can share that feeling with your loved ones… Read more Search: New way to add Family Members to your search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on August 12, 2010 in Searching for Records, Site Features

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making a number of changes to the new search forms. We hope to make searches more flexible, and in response to your feedback we have improved some searches that were hard to do. You can get a sneak preview of some of these at the search update guided… Read more