Featured Article: Want Great APIs? Start With Training

Posted by Harold Madsen on June 3, 2014 in API

Ancestry.com, has awesome software engineers, products, and APIs. However, programmers are not always trained as API designers and when it comes to API development, consistency matters. As companies build their API programs using multiple teams, APIs tend to develop their own personalities and become radically different from one another. That’s a problem. Fortunately, it doesn’t… Read more

Reinventing Search with Smart Filtering

Posted by Sam Smith on May 30, 2014 in Search

Last summer Ancestry.com introduced a new but lesser known feature called “Smart Filtering”.  Smart Filtering is a technology that applies only when searching for someone in one of your trees.  When you search for someone in your tree, a lot more data becomes available to the search engine including life events (birth, marriage, death, etc…),… Read more

Ancestry.com to Present at Hadoop Summit

Posted by Bill Yetman on May 27, 2014 in Technology Conferences

Interest in direct-to-consumer DNA testing has grown dramatically in the past few years. When you’re measuring more than 700,000 DNA markers for each individual, how do you analyze all that data across a rapidly growing database, while providing actionable results for your customers? At the Hadoop Summit next week,

Find A Grave Engineering

Posted by Robert Schultz on May 21, 2014 in Development, Mobile, Web

Last October Ancestry.com acquired a very exciting property called Find A Grave which focused on collecting content around the graves of family, loved ones and famous people. With the acquisition we wanted to take Find A Grave to the next level and provide the current users new and better experiences around consuming and contributing content.… Read more

Learning Alternative Name Spellings Technical Report

Posted by Jeffrey Sukharev on May 1, 2014 in Data Science

Ancestry.com Publishes Technical Report on data-driven technique for finding alternative name spellings.    In this article we discuss the problem of finding alternative name spelling, an important component of name matching (part of the record linkage field). We started this project primarily because of real issues that we encountered while working on name matching for… Read more

Ancestry.com to Present Jermline on DNA Day at the Global Big Data Conference

Posted by Jeremy Pollack on April 9, 2014 in Big Data, Data Science, Development, DNA, Science

Interested in genealogy?  Curious about DNA?  Fascinated by the world of big data?  If so, come check out my talk  at the Global Big Data Conference on DNA day this Friday, April 25 at 4pmPT in the Santa Clara Convention Center!  I’ll cover Jermline, our massively-scalable DNA matching application.  I’ll talk about our business, give a run-through… Read more