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

RSS Feed For Your Member Connect Activity

Posted by Stephanie Cruz on February 3, 2010 in Site, Member Connect, Site Features

We recently introduced an RSS feed for your Member Connect Activity so that you can receive updates even when you’re not on If you use an RSS reader, this is a great way to easily check your latest Member Connect Activity alongside your other favorite news (learn more about RSS here). The RSS feed… Read more

Site Navigation Clean-Up for Account Settings, Alerts, and Message Board Favorites

Posted by Stephanie Cruz on January 28, 2010 in Site, Site Features

To make it easier to navigate to your account information (such as site preferences, email preferences, and alerts), we’ve created quick links in a drop down menu from the My Account link. With this change, account settings are now one click away from any page on the site. These links replace the ones that used… Read more Monthly Newsletter in Your Online Messages Inbox

Posted by jhodnett on January 26, 2010 in Site, Site Features

Today, for the first time, you should notice an important email communication delivered to your Messages inbox: the Monthly Update, our monthly newsletter. The online Messages feature is a place where members can anonymously contact one another to share research about common ancestors, as well as where we can send important company communications to… Read more

Retiring Member Connections from

Posted by jhodnett on January 20, 2010 in Site, Site Features

As we continue to offer better ways for you to find members who share your research interests, our job is to make sure that the tools we provide on are useful and easy.  One feature that we’ve looked at closely in this regard is an older feature called “Member Connections” (not to be confused… Read more

Take the Blog Survey

Posted by Heather Erickson on January 4, 2010 in Site Features

In 2007, we introduced the Blog as a place to keep you connected with what’s going on at It’s become a place to learn about new additions – our products, content, features and other services – as we develop them, and hear from the people who create and develop these products and features… Read more

Video: Behind the Scenes at

Posted by Heather Erickson on December 4, 2009 in Site, Content, Digitization, Family Trees, Searching for Records, Site Features

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at Take a look at the people and thinking behind our company and how helps you easily discover your story online.

Share Historical Record Discoveries via Facebook, Twitter and Email

Posted by Ancestry Team on October 15, 2009 in Site Features

Do you recall the first time you saw information about an ancestor on a census record, military draft card or an immigration record?  We’ve just made it easier than ever to share that thrill of discovery with family and friends through Facebook, Twitter and Email. You can share daily finds from the record page by… Read more

More Details and Tips about Member Connect in Family Trees

Posted by jhodnett on August 1, 2009 in Site, Member Connect, Site Features

This is a follow-up to my original post introducing Member Connect.  The area of the site with the most Member Connect features is family trees, so I wanted to give some more details and tips about those features.  I hope it is useful to those of you starting to test out this new feature in… Read more