Ancestry Product Update: February 1st Issue

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Following the global transition that took place last month, we wanted to highlight features we recently released and others we are still working on. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end of this post that will help answer your questions and provide more tips on the new site. Feature we introduced:… Read more

Conferences Leave You Hungry for More? Try An Institute!

Posted by Michelle Ercanbrack on February 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” Daniel J. Boorstin Whether brought on by frustration, desperation, or total lack of ideation, we all hit that point where we look in the mirror and wonder if we’ll ever really find Aunt Mary. If your brick wall begins to feel impossible to scale,… Read more

Ancestry Interviews Diahan Southard, Molecular Genealogist

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 29, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Many of us ask the question, “What next?” after seeing your ethnicity breakdown and the hundreds of cousin matches that came with your DNA results. Diahan Southard, molecular genealogist and founder of Your DNA Guide, emphasizes the importance of DNA research in combination with traditional records research to compile the most complete picture of your family history.… Read more

World War II Case Study: Minor L. Dickerson

Posted by Jennifer Holik on January 27, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Researching the service of World War II personnel can be time intensive, but with each step we add pieces of the puzzle that help us see the larger picture. Each researcher begins the process in a different place, depending on the information they have at the beginning of their journey. One place you can start research for… Read more

Ancestry Releases Transparency Report, Updated Privacy Statement and Guide for Law Enforcement

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 25, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Company News

Today we are releasing the first Ancestry Transparency Report, which covers law enforcement requests to Ancestry sites for member data in 2015. As we continue to make our members’ privacy a priority, our intent in issuing this report is to help explain to our members and the public the types of law enforcement requests Ancestry… Read more

Cathy Romero Shares What Ignited Her Passion for Family History

Posted by Jessica Murray on January 22, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Tracing your family history is a very personal journey for some including Cathy Romero of Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). Cathy shares what prompted her New Mexican family research, and the exciting discovery she quickly made on her paternal side. Want to learn more about GSHA? Visit their site, here for more information.

Joining Your Family’s Native American Tribe

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 8, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lisa Arnold, Senior Content Strategist at Ancestry Is it possible to become accepted into the Native American tribe of my ancestor? —David C. Many Americans believe they have at least one Native American ancestor. More than 900 nations, peoples, tribes, and bands (the terms are interchangeable) once lived on… Read more

A Dozen Places to Find Immigrant Origins

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

There’s a unique thrill that comes when we identify an immigrant ancestor in our family tree. That ancestor’s decision had a huge impact on who we are today. Finding a connection to your immigrant’s place of origin in the old country can fuel our passion for family history. Here are ten places to look to… Read more

WWII Marine Robert E. Bishop – A Case Study

Posted by Jennifer Holik on December 31, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

When we begin World War II research, we often search as many online indexes and databases as possible, usually beginning with Ancestry. And while there, we usually see if there is a family tree that has records attached to it. If there is a photograph of the individual, that is a huge bonus.  Meet Robert… Read more

3 Simple Strategies to Back Up Your Smartphone Photos

Posted by Denise May Levenick on December 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You’re not alone if the photos of last year’s holiday dinner are still on your smartphone or buried in a cloud backup service. But unlike forgotten leftovers, those pictures can still be saved. Professional photographers track thousands of images with a dedicated workflow that includes routine file import. Genealogists face similar challenges with downloaded and… Read more