Genealogy Spring Cleaning [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on April 5, 2014 in Site, Research

Spring is officially here! Join Crista Cowan as she shares tips and tricks for pruning your family tree. You’ll discover ways to clean up, lighten up and freshen up your family history research.

New State Research Guide: Welcome to Maine, The “Pine Tree State”

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 4, 2014 in Site

This week’s dive into the history of the state of Maine was an interesting one and full of contradictions. It is the largest New England state (nearly as large as all of the other New England states combined), and it is also the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi. It declared war on… Read more

Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance!

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 1, 2014 in Site, Contest

Even though it is April 1st, this post is no joke. Today we are kicking off Cycle 4 of the Branch Out contest - a chance at winning a prize pack that includes professional research assistance, a one-year subscription to, an AncestryDNA test, and a photo book from MyCanvas.   Heidi Hall was our big winner in October, Stacy Woodley won in… Read more

Updating Your Profile Page and Other Account Settings [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 27, 2014 in Site, Research

It is wise to do a little housekeeping in your online accounts. In this video, Crista Cowan shares best practices for keeping your profile fresh and interesting. She’ll also show you how to update your account settings so you see what you want to see from

State Research Guides and Place Pages [VIDEO]

Posted by Pam Velazquez on March 23, 2014 in Site, Research

Have you ever been researching your family history and realized that you don’t know much about the state they lived in? In this video Crista Cowan will show you how to locate state research guides and place pages that give you detailed information about when each state was settled, what records are available for that… Read more

A Time to Share

Posted by Anna Swayne on March 20, 2014 in Site

Did you know that you can share your AncestryDNA ethnicity results? You can simply do this by clicking the share button in your ethnicity estimate view. That share button is on the top right side on the page, just above the map (see the red box below). This will allow you to send these results… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 17th, 2014

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 17, 2014 in Site, Ask Ancestry Anne

Did you catch everything last week?  We talked of the Spanish Flu, Irish DNA and a whole variety of genealogy topics.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Blog Posts Kiss Me: I’m Irish Too! by Juliana Smith What Do Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Have in Common? by Julie Granka Women of the West by… Read more

Women of the West

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 14, 2014 in Site

March is Women’s History Month. Women are sometimes hidden in history and in the records we use in our research. Husbands leave bequests in their wills to “my beloved wife.” Women are listed as “Mrs. John Smith” in newspaper articles. It can be challenging to pull out the stories of the female half of the… Read more

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

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research, Site Features 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 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