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Get Around the Missing 1890 Census

For those of you who are new to genealogy, you may be wondering why you haven’t received any hints leading you to 1890 census records for the people in your family tree.  Here’s the story.  The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was stored in the Commerce Building in Washington D.C.  In 1921 there was a fire… Read more

Interactive Image Viewer (Beta)

Posted by Laura Dansbury on January 31, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Record images are the foundation of your family history, and we want to create a rich viewing experience that will bring these historical documents to life. The new Interactive Image Viewer (currently in beta) includes interactive tools to help you view and interpret the information on the record as well as navigation controls that make… Read more

Five Steps to Doing Genealogy Research Like A Pro

If you caught my Ancestry LIVE broadcast on Thursday morning you know that the topic of the week is Research Like a Pro. (If you haven’t watched it yet go ahead. We’ll wait for you.) I’ve been doing genealogy research professionally for almost a decade now. When clients are paying you by the hour, you… Read more

Births, Marriages and Deaths. Oh My!

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 21, 2011 in Content, Searching for Records

Did you notice what happened this week here at Ancestry.com? We released over 50 databases containing indexes to millions of vital records from all over the United States. Some of these records date all the way back the 1600s and the most recent of them are from last year. (You can find the complete list… Read more

Ancestry Search: Improvements to Basic Search

Why have we changed the search form? Over the past year, we have been working with a wide range of ancestry.com members, from some of our most experienced members to relative newcomers. We’ve had a lot of help (including over 10,000 responses to the preview we published in April: Preview of Changes to Ancestry.com Search).… Read more

Recent Searches & Recently Viewed Collections

Posted by Laura Dansbury on December 2, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Hello Everyone!  I wrote a couple blog posts about the updated pages in New Search a few months ago.   Updated new search homepage Browse the Place Pages  I thought it might be worth discussing a few more of the features in greater detail.   How often do you step away from your research for a few hours and then have trouble remembering exactly where you left… Read more

Ancestry Search: Searching using Birth, Death and other Life Events

Over the course of this year, we have been making incremental changes to our new search forms in response to your comments and suggestions. We’ve added name and place filters and changed the way you could do searches that included family members. You’ll find we’ve modifed the search forms just a bit to make entering… Read more

Issues with US 1850, 1860 Census and UK 1871 census.

We are aware of the issues with the US 1850 and 1860 census as well as the UK 1871 census producing strange results in search and having bad links in online trees. We are working on resolving it as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. Update: The issue has been resolved, links and… Read more

Browse the Place Pages

Posted by Laura Dansbury on August 30, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

I posted a blog about the new pages in new search a few weeks ago.  But there were so many changes that I think each one should have a dedicated post.  The location of an Ancestor’s birth or residence greatly influenced their life story.  By browsing by location, I found a book about Hopewell New… Read more

Ancestry.com Search: New way to add Family Members to your search

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making a number of changes to the new search forms. We hope to make searches more flexible, and in response to your feedback we have improved some searches that were hard to do. You can get a sneak preview of some of these at the search update guided… Read more

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