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Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #2: A Rose By Any Other Name Might be Rosey — Name Filters Will Catch That

If you find you are getting too many results when you do a search, its time to try out name filters when you do a search. We have over 13 Billion records and making sure you narrow your search results down to a reasonable amount, is probably a good idea. First you will need to… Read more

Branch Out Contest Winner: Heidi Hall and Her Elusive Huff

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 25, 2014 in Site

Back in October, Heidi Hall won our Branch Out sweepstakes and received 20 hours of research time with the ProGenealogists team. Her main request was to verify the ancestry of Martha Huff. ProGenealogists was able to verify links to George Huff, a Civil War veteran, to his father, Nicholas Huff, a War of 1812 veteran,… Read more

Coming Soon to Search—More Control Over Your Results!

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in 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

Local Histories: Let it Snow

Being a history lover, I subscribe to a whole lot of paper and online newsletters and magazines. A few weeks back, an item in the Wisconsin Historical Society weekly email caught my eye – reservations were being taken for old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides. How fun would it be to feel, hear, and see what our… Read more

4 Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 20, 2014 in Site

You’ve worked hard on your family tree and your research contains countless clues for other researchers. You don’t want to let those materials go to waste. Maybe you have a family member who is as passionate about genealogy as you are and has agreed to take all of your books, notebooks and research papers. But… Read more

MyCanvas @ RootsTech: Meeting New Cousins and Sharing Your Work

Posted by Pam Velazquez on February 19, 2014 in MyCanvas

Last week I was working at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. I was fortunate to be a presenter at the conference on MyCanvas and used my own tree and my own projects to demonstrate how MyCanvas works. At the end of my class, a woman approached me and said that she was related… Read more

Highlights From RootsTech 2014

Posted by Pam Velazquez on February 17, 2014 in Site

Last week the Ancestry team was at the RootsTech 2014 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah – a global family history event where people can come together and share about their genealogy experiences and the technologies that make them possible. What We Taught While we were there, many members from the Ancestry team lead sessions… Read more

Can’t find a marriage? Check for marriage mills

The genealogist in us diligently records the marriage date and place, and the family historian wonders about the story behind that date. If we’re fortunate, we may have a photograph of the happy couple on their wedding day, or some other memento of the occasion. A story may have been passed down through the family.… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: February 10th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 10, 2014 in Site

Blog Posts Family History Sources in The Wolverine State by Amy Johnson Crow Found it! How an AncestryDNA hint led me to a picture of my great-grandfather  by Anna Swayne Upcoming Webinars and Events: February 2014 by Kristie Wells Fold3 Monuments Men & The Holocaust-Era Assets Collection by Laura Prescott The Fraught and… Read more

5 Steps to Driving Your Research into Focus

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 30, 2014 in Site

It can be fun to jump in the car for a road trip with no destination in mind. But what if you have someplace you need to go? Heading out with no plan can get you there, but probably not in the most effective way. It’s the same with our research. We can find all… Read more

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