Past Articles

The Android app is here!

Posted on January 4, 2012 in Ancestry App

Authored by Kendall Hulet, For all of our users that have been patiently waiting for an Android app, your wait is over! We’re happy to announce the launch of our new Android app. Download the app now. The new app for Android phones and tablets allows you to interact with your… Read more

New research reveals the skeletons hidden in our family trees

Posted on December 16, 2011 in Australia

We released new research this week that reveals that New Zealand trumps Australia in the celebrity stakes, as 16 per cent of Kiwis are able to lay claim to someone famous. However, Aussies should not fear as we are twice as likely as New Zealanders to be related to ‘convict royalty’, with almost one in… Read more

Version 3 of App Out Now

Posted on December 13, 2011 in Ancestry App

Authored by Kendall Hulet from   Wouldn’t it be great to be able to view and merge’s “shaky leaf” record hints into your family tree directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod?  We thought so, too. We are pleased to announce the availability of an enhanced version 3 of our free Ancestry iPhone, iPad and iPod… Read more

1911 Census – millions more searchable records

Posted on December 9, 2011 in Australia, New records

  We have just completed the second part of our 1911 England and Wales Census  transcriptions with records covering London, Lancashire, Yorkshire and 17 other counties now fully searchable. Last month we released searchable records for Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. With this latest addition, we have concentrated on England’s busiest areas to help… Read more

Family Tree Maker: TreeSync

Posted on November 28, 2011 in Australia, Family Tree Maker, Family Trees

Authored by Tana L. Pedersen TreeSync is the latest innovative tool available in Family Tree Maker 2012, which gives you the ability to sync one Family Tree Maker tree and one online Ancestry tree. Now you can make changes to your tree anytime, anywhere. Maybe you’re at the library and you find your grandma’s birth record.… Read more

Making the Most of Holiday Opportunities

Posted on November 28, 2011 in Australia

AUTHORED BY JULIANA SMITH (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Family get-togethers around holidays like Christmas are a great way to find answers to your family history mysteries. Whether you are planning on carrying out formal interviews or just a little discreet prying, a little pre-planning can go a long way. Here are some tips to help you make the most of… Read more

Beta Image Viewer now available

Posted on November 18, 2011 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY JIM MOSHER (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Several years ago, we launched the Advanced Image Viewer. This viewer provided some much-needed capabilities and was welcomed by our members who could take advantage of it. Our other members – almost 50% of our total base – continued to use a basic image viewer which provided somewhat limited capabilities. Over time, as browsers… Read more

Family Tree Maker 2012 Is Here!

Posted on November 15, 2011 in Australia, Family Tree Maker, Family Trees

Authored by  Tana L. Pedersen We are pleased to announce the release of Family Tree Maker™ 2012, an improved and expanded version of the world’s No. 1-selling family history software. With its new TreeSync™ capabilities, Family Tree Maker 2012 enables family history enthusiasts to sync their desktop family trees and their online trees at With… Read more

Remembering our Heroes Past

Posted on November 11, 2011 in Australia, Military, New Zealand

In honour of Remembrance Day, we are giving free access to select military records from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada.   The collections will be free to search from 11-13 November, allowing Australians and New Zealanders the opportunity to discover information about their ancestors who served during the Great War. Many members have discovered extraordinary military… Read more

WANTED! Descendants of John Penn, New Zealand’s mystery WW1 soldier

Posted on November 11, 2011 in New Zealand

To mark Armistice Day today, the anniversary of WWI’s end, we are on the hunt for descendants of a WWI soldier whose autographed photo was found tucked away in an antique shop in Cambridge, New Zealand. From today until midnight Sunday 13 November, we are giving free access to select military records so that Kiwis can find out whether they are… Read more