Ignite at Ancestry.com

Posted by Chris on April 1, 2014 in Inside our Offices

What is Ignite? Ignite is a format for giving a talk on any subject. A speaker uses twenty slides, which auto-advance every 15 seconds, to provide a five minute talk. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on these talks and explain why we’re doing them and why you should try it at your… Read more

AncestryDNA Regions by the Numbers

Posted by Julie Granka on March 25, 2014 in DNA, Science

Since May of 2012, when we first released AncestryDNA, we’ve returned results to over a quarter of a million customers. Based on feedback that we have received, those 300,000 customers have learned a great deal about their family history – their deep ancestral origins and their genetic relatives. As it turns out, AncestryDNA has also… Read more

All Work and Some Play

Posted by Jeff Lord on March 19, 2014 in Inside our Offices

When I joined Ancestry.com, we were a small start-up of a few hundred employees in some cramped offices behind the post office in Orem, Utah. Now almost 15 years later, we’re an international organization of more than 1,400 employees with offices around the world. Yet despite our growth, Ancestry.com has continued to provide employees with… Read more

Competition as Collaboration – Ancestry.com Handwriting Recognition Competition

Posted by Michael Murdock on March 14, 2014 in Image Processing and Analysis

We are excited to announce that the Ancestry.com handwriting recognition competition proposal was accepted as one of seven, official International Conference on the Frontiers of Handwriting (ICFHR-2014) competitions. As part of our competition on word recognition from segmented historical documents, we are announcing the availability of a new image database1, ANWRESH-1, which contains segmented and labeled… Read more

DNA and the Masses: The Science and Technology Behind Discovering Who You Really Are

Posted by Melissa Garrett on March 12, 2014 in Analytics, Big Data, DNA, Science

Originally published on Wired Innovation Insights, 3-12-14. There is a growing interest among mainstream consumers to learn more about who they are and where they came from. The good news is that DNA tests are no longer reserved for large medical research teams or plot lines in CSI. Now, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests… Read more

My Experience as an Intern at Ancestry.com

Posted by Bailey Stewart on March 10, 2014 in Interns

I started my internship on the Front End Development team at Ancestry.com in May of 2013, and during the past 10 months I have developed skills and capabilities that I never dreamed of. Below are a few insights I have gained throughout my experience on how  to make an internship successful. Accept Criticism Before I… Read more

APIs Are Like Parenting

Posted by Harold Madsen on March 3, 2014 in API

I’ve presented at several conferences recently and one of the analogies that resonated with the audience was that of comparing API Design to parenting.  So, here’s the analogy: APIs Are Like Parenting… The year was 1966. My family was living in Ethiopia while my dad taught at the American university as a guest professor. I… Read more