Over 100 Years of Canadian Yearbook Records are Now Online

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 21, 2015 in Canada, Content, Research

As kids across the country enjoy their break from the books this summer, we just released a collection of more than one million historical yearbook records (featuring more than 100,000 pages), helping shed light on Canadian high school and university attendees from years past. The Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010 collection contains 1,355,141 Canadian middle school,… Read more

The New Ancestry: July 15th Feature Update

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 15, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

It has been just over a month since we introduced the new Ancestry website, designed to transform how you can discover and tell your family story. Over the last month, we have been listening to your suggestions for how to make the new site even better. We’ve been working hard to incorporate your feedback to… Read more

Quick Guide Available: New Facts Page

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

The updated Facts view lets you add facts, family members, sources, and more. To get you started, take a look at these common tasks and how you can perform them with the new site. (1) Find a person in your tree—While this feature works the same, you’ll find it on the top-left side of the… Read more

Understanding Your Privacy Settings

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 26, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

At Ancestry, we value and respect our customers’ privacy and we have standards in place to protect the integrity of the data our customers entrust to us. So, we want to be clear about a policy change we are making. As of today, we are updating our privacy statement to clarify what information we may… Read more

Historical Insights: Walking in My Ancestors’ Shoes

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on June 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site, Site Features

I never understood my parents’ obsession with family history until I started to see my ancestors as more than just names and dates—and dusty old records. At first it was reading my Grandpa Pete’s journal describing the Statue of Liberty when his family arrived from Denmark. And when I read The Grapes of Wrath and… Read more

Farmers: The Unsung Heroes of America

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 22, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by George Morgan, genealogy expert and co-host of The Genealogy Guys podcast.  I can document two U.S. presidents in my family tree. While their lives are fascinating, their stories don’t pique my interest nearly as much as the lives of the common men and women who embody the spirit of the American… Read more

Fathers Paving the Way: Birds of Passage

Posted by Juliana Szucs on June 18, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

You could hear the emotion in her voice as Lillian Galletta told Janet Levine of the National Park Service about her arrival at Ellis Island in 1928. We were in this big room, very large room, and they called your name out. And when they called Galletta, my father came running through the turnstile, and… Read more

Forged In Steel

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 17, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

This is a guest post by Lisa Alzo, M.F.A.  For more than 40 years, my paternal grandfather, John Alzo, would wake up, have two soft-boiled eggs with toast and a bit of coffee served in his favorite blue-and-white porcelain mug, pull on his workpants, shirt, and safety shoes, and walk the 15 minutes from his… Read more

Show Dad What He’s Really Made Of: Give AncestryDNA for Father’s Day

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 16, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

  In honor of Father’s Day coming up on June 21, we want to highlight four reasons AncestryDNA is the perfect gift for Dad. Dad’s love discovering their ethnic origins. Whether it’s just fodder for your next dinner party or solving how Irish the family is, AncestryDNA’s detailed ethnicity results are enlightening for just about… Read more

The Wonders of DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 12, 2015 in Ancestry.com Site

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA My family has been doing family history for 150 years. Do I really need a DNA test? — LoAnne Dear LoAnne, If you are blessed to have a well-researched, extensive family tree, constructed on a solid foundation of detailed documentation, you may… Read more