Twilight star Robert Pattinson is related to Dracula!

Posted by on 24 June 2010 in General

With the release of the third film in the Twilight saga on the horizon, you can imagine our shock and delight when our researchers made the discovery that heart-throb Robert Pattinson, from our neck of the woods in London, is related to Vlad III Dracula – the man that inspired Bram Stocker’s character Dracula in… Read more

New military records!

Posted by Russell James on 24 June 2010 in Record Collections

Military records are among our most popular collections. For many family historians, unearthing tales of war heroes is the most rewarding part of their research. So, I thought I should let you know about some fascinating, and extremely useful, additions to our repertoire. First up is a heart-wrenching record set from the Second Boer War.… Read more

Family Tree Maker: How Do I Do That?

Posted by Charlene Chen on 20 June 2010 in Family Tree Maker

AUTHORED BY TANA L. PEDERSEN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Sometimes it’s the easiest tasks that stump us—or is that just me? Whether it’s renaming one of my trees or checking for software updates, I have the tendency to forget how to do some simple procedures unless I do them on a regular basis. Here are some of my… Read more

New at Ancestry…

Posted by Russell James on 18 June 2010 in Company News, General

Sorry, I don’t bring news of another exciting record collection. Instead, I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Russell James, and I’m in the midst of my second week working for Ancestry. Some of you may have come across my name before, and indeed I’ve probably spoken to many of you. My previous job… Read more

Got a Swede in your family tree?

Posted by on 16 June 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Exciting news for Ancestry members with Swedish heritage – Inc, parent company of, has just announced that it has agreed to acquire, the leading Swedish genealogy website. We hope that the deal will complete sometime next month and we will then let you know how Ancestry members will be able to access… Read more

The history of the WAG

Posted by Susan Moncur on 14 June 2010 in General

As England fans eagerly anticipated the kick-off of England vs. USA in the World Cup on Saturday and the rest of us sat back to enjoy (or dread) the football world’s jewel in the crown, I started to think about how footballers and more importantly their wives and girlfriends (WAGs), dominated our media and grabbed… Read more

Reporting live from Nova Scotia!

Posted by Dan Jones on 11 June 2010 in Company News, General, Record Collections

This week I’m at the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  When I attend international events such as this, I’m always struck by the enthusiasm and passion for historical records and research, which seems to unite both archivists and researchers the world over. At this conference, Ancestry launched a new… Read more

Celebs of the past – online at

Posted by on 11 June 2010 in General, Record Collections

Who’s Who in the World, 1910-1911, features profiles of 4,000 international celebrities from a century ago; including royalty, actors, artists and business tycoons. The directory of biographies, which detail almost 4,000 entries of both famous and infamous people from over 20 countries, reveal uncanny similarities between the lives of celebrities 100 years ago and today.… Read more