Ancestry Product Update: Tree Color Preferences

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 1, 2016 in Site

Over the past couple of months we have been listening to member feedback and running usability testing around the color options available on our site. Some members have shared it was difficult to read light text on a darker background. Others actually preferred it. We have come up with several color options so you can Read More

Musical Leap Year Babies

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 29, 2016 in Site

“Musical leaplings” isn’t the name of a new television show for kids (though it sounds like it should be!) Leapling is a term given to people born on that rarest of dates, February 29. Coincidentally, not one but two of the biggest names in American music in the mid-20th century were both leaplings: Dinah Shore Read More

Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 26, 2016 in Site

Are you getting stuck researching your African American ancestors?  Ancestry Academy might have the answer: Needles and Threads: Piecing Together African American Families.  Explore African American research with one of genealogy’s foremost experts in African American genealogy, Deborah A. Abbott. She’ll show you how to uncover resources, documents, and archives you never imagined existed and help Read More

Looking for African American Ancestors?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 22, 2016 in Site

To get started looking for your African American ancestors in the large number of relevant collections on Ancestry an easy place to start is on the African American Homepage. You can find a link at the bottom right corner of the search page or by typing into your browser Scroll down the page to Read More

Ancestry Product Update: February 19th Issue

Posted by Ancestry Team on February 19, 2016 in Site

We recently released several changes to Hints and wanted to make sure you were aware: Navigational Change on All Hints Page: As part of making navigational changes that allow you to get to endpoints more quickly across the site, we introduced the ability to access a list of all people on your trees in the Read More

Here Come the Brides

Posted by Kelly Burgess on February 10, 2016 in Site

This post originally appeared in Ancestry Magazine, November-December 2009. If you think searching for a marriage record can be frustrating, keep in mind that finding a husband or wife hasn’t always been a straightforward proposition, either. Social customs and financial restrictions could make finding someone to marry problematic. The ­tradition of the dowry, for example, Read More