Work Hard, Play Hard

Posted by Jim Mosher on December 12, 2013 in Inside our Offices

At Ancestry.com, our development teams work hard. We also take time to celebrate success and play hard. For example, last year, the entire development team was invited to go zip lining and fly fishing in Provo Canyon. Individual teams also have opportunities to reward their team members and do some out-of-the-office team bonding. Recently, after… Read more

Team Fun in Teamwork

Posted by Tyler Jensen on October 31, 2013 in Inside our Offices

Today is Halloween and my whole team got into it. I brought the costumes and they graciously agreed to wear them long enough to join the company costume contest. The Search Services Team Humor warning — we didn’t win the contest but we did experience collective shame and humiliation–or what we prefer to call team… Read more

Ancestry.com Employee Honored with Women Tech Award

Posted by Melissa Garrett on October 3, 2013 in Inside our Offices, Science

Recently, Catherine Ball, VP of Genomics and Bioinformatics for AncestryDNA was announced as a winner for the Women Tech Awards, presented by the Women Tech Council, under the Trailblazer category. The award recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, influencing technology companies, and are passionate about the community.  Other award winners came from companies such… Read more

FedEx Day (a.k.a Hack Day) is a Fun Way to Introduce Innovation and Encourage Collaboration – and Improve Your Website

Posted by Bill Yetman on September 14, 2013 in Development, Inside our Offices

I’m taking a break from writing about “Adventures in Big Data” to focus on another passion – how to inspire collaboration and innovation within your organization. At Ancestry.com, we hold a FedEx Day twice a year, and try to make a big deal out of the event. The idea to run our own FedEx Day… Read more

Put More Engineer in Software Engineering

Posted by Brian Bradford on September 10, 2013 in Development, Inside our Offices

My great-granddad, Vet Bradford, was the foreman in charge of digging a tunnel through a mountain in the 1950s. There was a stream of water on one side of the mountain, and a really thirsty town on the other. To speed things up, he had two crews digging on each side, with a plan to… Read more

Life Balance at Ancestry.com

Posted by Tyler Jensen on August 27, 2013 in Inside our Offices

So much has been written on the subject of work-life balance that it has become an Internet cliché, an overloaded phrase with nearly as many interpretations as there are Google results (247 million). Nearly every employer’s website claims a great work-life balance, which has become marketing fluff that enjoys very little credibility with many considering… Read more

A Fast 11 Years at Ancestry.com: Billions of Historic Records, Millions of Customers and A Boat-Load of Code Later

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 3, 2013 in Analytics, Big Data, Inside our Offices, Machine Learning

I joined Ancestry.com as a developer in June 2002 – exactly 11 years ago – just as Ancestry.com was inventing the family tree technology that differentiates us today. The last 11 years have flown by as our team innovates against the constant challenge of improving our unique and dedicated community’s experience. Looking back over that… Read more

DevOps: Finding the right place for a new idea

Posted by Daniel Sands on May 2, 2013 in Agile, Continuous Delivery, Inside our Offices, Technical Management, Web

For the last year and a half, we’ve been breaking in a new concept at Ancestry.com called a DevOps engineer. There is a ton of material on the internet about what DevOps means to various groups, and how they’ve implemented it. A lot of it revolves around SCRUM, Agile processes, and other approaches to increase… Read more

Ancestry.com FIFA 2013 Championship

Posted by Liam Molloy on April 4, 2013 in Inside our Offices

It is an old cliché, but here at Ancestry.com we like to work hard and play hard. This February marked the first Ancestry.com FIFA championships hosted by our Dublin Ireland office in our dedicated XBOX suite. Sixteen participants competed for glory in the singles contest whilst eight teams competed in our doubles contest. After one… Read more

Welcome to the Ancestry.com Tech Roots Blog

Posted by Scott Sorensen on March 14, 2013 in Inside our Offices

When people think of Ancestry.com the first thing that comes to mind might not be technology. But Ancestry.com is a really great technology company. Our engineers are working on some very interesting technical challenges and solving a range of complex problems. This new blog will be written by engineers for engineers and will focus on… Read more