The History of the Most Famous Awards Ceremony

Posted by Karen Richardson on 25 January 2011 in General

With the release of the Oscar® nominations today I thought it might be interesting to find out something about the history of the Academy Awards®. So off I went to Wikipedia and the official Academy Awards® site to find out more. The first Academy Awards® was held on the 16th May 1929, there were 15 awards… Read more

A 1911 update for our members

Posted by on 18 January 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Since releasing the 1911 Census England and Wales Summary Books last December, we’ve been contacted by a number of members who are understandably eager to know when the rest of the 1911 Census will become available on Ancestry.  We’ve already received the original records for the Census and are now hard at work digitising and… Read more

Family Trees: New Tree Viewer Tips and FAQs

Posted by Charlene Chen on 18 January 2011 in Record Collections

AUTHORED BY JEN HODNETT (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) As I mentioned in a blog post earlier this month, we’ve launched a new way to view your tree.   A few of you have been asking me about features that were available on the previous version of the tree viewer.  I thought other members might have some of the… Read more

Family Tree Maker Tutorials

Posted by Charlene Chen on 17 January 2011 in Record Collections

AUTHORED BY TANA L. PEDERSEN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Have you ever wanted a personal tutor to sit at your computer and show you how to use Family Tree Maker? We have a solution. Family Tree Maker has a variety of short video tutorials (each about 3 to 5 minutes long) that can help you quickly learn… Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 – fight the January blues

Posted by Russell James on 14 January 2011 in General

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011, London Olympia, 25-27 February. Find out more People often talk about feeling down in January, after the festive period is over and there’s nothing to look forward to. Fortunately, anyone who’s interested in family history doesn’t have that problem. We’re already little more than a month away from Who… Read more

Ancestry Search: Improvements to Basic Search

Posted by Charlene Chen on 14 January 2011 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY ANNE MITCHELL (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Why have we changed the search form? Over the past year, we have been working with a wide range of Ancestry members, from some of our most experienced members to relative newcomers. We’ve had a lot of help (including over 10,000 responses to the preview we published in April).… Read more

Temporary Site Problems with Ancestry Member Trees

Posted by Web Operations on 13 January 2011 in Site Status

We are experiencing some temporary site problems. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Our development and web operations teams are working on the problem and we will have it resolved as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience. UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 14, 2011 AT 12:15 AM GMT We are pleased to… Read more

Postcard posers – January

Posted by Kelly on 11 January 2011 in General, Postcard Poser, Record Collections

We are well overdue an update to our  monthly blog feature Postcard posers, so here it is! Every month, we’ll share a postcard-style photo taken somewhere in the UK. It could be a particular property, a famous landmark, or just a view of the town centre. All you have to do is tell us where and… Read more

Happy New Year, family historians!

Posted by Miriam Silverman on 10 January 2011 in General

Anyone who has spent long periods of time with the family over Christmas will find that as the food and drink flow, the old family stories are wheeled out and retold again. In my case, my dad’s experiences as an evacuee and accounts of which relative disappeared to South Africa or Canada after some particularly… Read more