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Ask Ancestry Anne Search Tip #5: Start Small, Go Big — Using Sliders in Search

Ancestry.com has over 12 billion records and finding the ones you care about is easier when you have a few tricks at your disposal. One of the best? Filters.  Name, Location and Date. And to make those filters just a bit easier to use, we’ve added the new Sliders feature. Do you have 5 minutes?… Read more

A Fond Farewell to “Old Search”

Posted by Katharine Nester on March 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

Last week we said a fond farewell to the “Old Search” functionality on the site. Over the years, we have been maintaining two separate search experiences – “Old Search” and “Primary Search.”  With offering two search experiences, it has limited the resources we could use to make improvements, and also increased the complexity of every… Read more

Join Us at NGS 2014!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 9, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Join Ancestry.com in Richmond, Virginia, at the National Genealogy Society 2014 Family History Conference for four days of family history learning and networking! NGS 2014 Family History Conference Virginia: The First Frontier 7−10 May 2014 The Greater Richmond Convention Center and Richmond Marriott Richmond, Virginia Conference Sessions  Register today to attend four full days of more… Read more

The Winner of the February Branch Out Contest Is…

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

With over 9,000 entries this past month, we’re excited to announce our third winner in the Branch Out contest!  The winner is… Cindy Hillman from Alabama!   Cindy will be working with the ProGenealogists team to try and discover more about her paternal line – the McKinleys. Check back soon to hear more about Cindy’s… Read more

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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com on February 24, 2014 in Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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

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