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

Member Spotlight: How AncestryDNA United Previously Unknown Sisters

Posted by Jessica Murray on December 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

After years of researching her European ancestry, JoLynn was surprised to discover a document that indicated one of her great-grandmothers was of African descent. Without more of a paper trail to follow, she took an AncestryDNA test to confirm her ethnicity results and discovered MUCH more! Ancestry: What inspired you to trace your family using… Read more

All Members Now Moving to the New Ancestry

Posted by Kendall Hulet on December 14, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Over a year ago, based on extensive research into our members’ wants and needs, we set out to build a better website that reinvents the way Ancestry helps you discover and tell your family story. On December 15, we will complete the final transition worldwide to the new Ancestry site. Since introducing the new site… Read more

The New Ancestry: December 11th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 11, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom

Welcome to our weekly update on the new Ancestry website. Last week we posted an article that covered the upcoming features and this week we introduced several important enhancements to the Person Page, Facts view and media experience in the new Ancestry. As always, we have also included links to articles and videos at the end… Read more