NEW London records – Freemen of the City

Posted by Russell James on 29 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

When it comes to family history, London is definitely a special case. To have a realistic chance of finding ancestors in most other parts of the UK, you need to have some sort of local connection. With the capital, though, it’s worth anybody searching the records – because so many people owned businesses or second… Read more

Family Tree Maker: New Chart Options in 2012

Posted by Charlene Chen on 23 November 2011 in Record Collections

AUTHORED BY TANA L. PEDERSEN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Over the years, we have received requests to include some charting features that were available in Family Tree Maker 2006/version 16. In Family Tree Maker 2012 we’re brought back two of them: direct-line descendant charts and generation labels. Direct-line Descendant Charts In recent versions of Family Tree Maker,… Read more

Beta Image Viewer now available

Posted by Charlene Chen on 17 November 2011 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY JIM MOSHER (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Several years ago, we launched the Advanced Image Viewer. This viewer provided some much-needed capabilities and was welcomed by the users who could take advantage of it. Our other users – almost 50% of our total user base – continued to use a basic image viewer which provided somewhat… Read more

Family Tree Maker: TreeSync

Posted by Charlene Chen on 14 November 2011 in Family Tree Maker

AUTHORED BY TANA L. PEDERSEN (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) By now you’ve probably heard about TreeSync. It’s the latest innovative tool available in Family Tree Maker 2012, which gives you the ability to sync one Family Tree Maker tree and one online Ancestry tree. Now you can make changes to your tree anytime, anywhere. Maybe you’re at… Read more

FREE World War I records

Posted by on 10 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

  World War I touched every family. If you’re not aware of any relatives who served in the War, that simply means you probably haven’t found them yet. To commemorate Remembrance Weekend, we’re giving everyone the chance to discover their family’s role in the Great War. We’ve made our Service Records, Pension Records and Medal… Read more

Women at War: My nan, my war hero

Posted by on 9 November 2011 in General

Maya Bull is a Customer Relations Manager and started working at in August.  Passionate about family history, this personal account is dedicated to her nan, Marion Wilson, who inspirationally contributed to the war effort on the homefront and who passed away in 1993. Here at Ancestry we always suggest that the best way to start researching… Read more

NEW World War I records – Badges of honour

Posted by on 8 November 2011 in General, Record Collections

Today, we’ve added more than 880,000 records to what is already the largest online World War I archive.  During the War, arguably the worst thing a man could be accused of was cowardice. Women were encouraged to patrol the streets, berating any young males who weren’t in military uniform and presenting them with symbolic white… Read more

GUEST BLOGGER: The horrors suffered by horses during WWI

Posted by on 7 November 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

Guest blogger Natasha Kleanthous is website editor at The Blue Cross animal charity. She reveals more about the role of animals in the First World War. It wasn’t just men who answered the call in 1914 to leave behind the peaceful, rural life they’d always known and enter the unknown to fight for their country.… Read more