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

Member Connect: Discover More by Connecting with Other Members

Posted by jhodnett on July 29, 2009 in Site, Member Connect, Site Features

We hear from our members all the time that some of their most meaningful family history experiences have come from connecting with another member who has rich information about one of their ancestors. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of Member Connect, a new feature that will make it easier than ever… Read more

Coming Soon: A new way to connect with others researching your ancestors

Posted by jhodnett on June 19, 2009 in Site, Site Features

Collaborating with others who are also researching your ancestors can provide truly amazing experiences.  Here are just a couple experiences I heard about from two members in the last couple weeks. One member whose grandmother was adopted and had never known her mother was contacted by a descendant of his grandmother’s brother and his… Read more

More relevant search results are coming this Wednesday

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 28, 2009 in Site, Company News, Searching for Records, Site Features

There is a long list of things we want to improve in search (and in new search in particular) – and we’ve started with what you’ve told us is the most important – getting relevant results; and relevance is our top priority this year in search. And date relevance seems to be the most requested… Read more

Some improvements to the online Messages feature

Posted by jhodnett on March 25, 2009 in Site, Site Features

I had posted previously about our new online Messages feature and I just wanted to give an update about some improvements we’ve made to it, largely based on your feedback. The improvement I am most excited about is the addition of “Ancestor Links” in messages.  Some of the member trees on are private and… Read more

The new online Messages feature – A better way to connect with other members

Posted by jhodnett on March 12, 2009 in Site, Site Features

I’d like to introduce the new online Messages feature that we added to the site today. It is a great new way to connect with other members you come across on the site and replaces the email-based Ancestry Connection Service. First, if you haven’t ever connected with other Ancestry members I hope you find… Read more

Improved RSS on the message boards

Posted by jhodnett on January 30, 2009 in Site, Site Features

I just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know that we’ve made some improvements to our RSS feed option on the message boards.  For those not familiar with RSS it stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is essentially a standard way to get feeds or updates from a website (learn more on… Read more

Webinar next Tuesday: New Site Features Added to in 2008

Posted by Eric Shoup on January 21, 2009 in Site, Site Features

We frequently get questions from Ancestry users wanting to know what feature changes we have made recently.  In 2009, we are going to increase our communication via the blog to address this very question on an on-going basis.  To kick off the New Year right, we are holding a webinar next week to discuss key… Read more