The Ancestry Android app is here!

Posted by Charlene Chen on 30 December 2011 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY KENDALL HULET (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) For all of our users that have been patiently waiting for an Android app, your wait is over! We’re happy to announce the launch of our new Android app just in time for the holidays. Download the app now. The new Ancestry app for Android phones and tablets… Read more

Image Viewer Updates – Print Current View Now Available

Posted by Charlene Chen on 28 December 2011 in Site Features

AUTHORED BY JIM MOSHER (FROM ANCESTRY.COM) Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback on the new Advanced Image Viewer on the blog, via the message boards, through the survey, and directly via email ( We appreciate the input – both positive and negative – and have used it to further improve the viewer.… Read more

Christmas Challenges Revealed: The answers

Posted by on 26 December 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

As part of this month’s Ancestry Advent Calendar we set you a series of fun and festive challenges, asking you to track down suitably seasonal entries among our records. Thousands of you joined in, so a massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part!  We revealed the answers the day after each challenge on our Facebook page but in case… Read more

Postcard Poser – December

Posted by Kelly on 21 December 2011 in General, Postcard Poser

Can you guess the location of this month’s postcard poser?  Seasonally-themed (but not in the obvious way), this one is also tricky for a major reason which I’m sure you clever lot will take no time to point out! For those who are new to this feature on our blog, every month we share a… Read more

Our favourite meal of the year: Christmas dinner!

Posted by on 19 December 2011 in General

On Friday evening my husband and I found ourselves watching the BBC’s ‘Stuffed: The Great British Christmas Dinner’ – a wonderful documentary looking at how our much-loved Christmas meal came to be what it is today. For the first time ever my husband and I will be spending Christmas just the two of us this year as… Read more

1911 Census – millions more searchable records

Posted by on 8 December 2011 in Company News, General, Record Collections

Good news today for millions of you tracing your ancestors in many of Britain’s most populated counties. We’ve completed the second part of our 1911 Census  transcriptions, so records covering London, Lancashire, Yorkshire and 17 other crucial counties are now fully searchable! We’ve now transcribed more than half of the 35 million records that make… Read more

Advent Calendar Challenge – Day 1 answer

Posted by Lilian Lee on 2 December 2011 in Record Collections

Yesterday we launched the Ancestry Advent Calendar and challenged you to find out, by searching our 1891 Census, what the name of Mary Christmas’s eldest son who had left home by 1901 was. The answer was JOHN. How did you get on with our festive challenge?

Victorian Christmas Traditions

Posted by Brian Gallagher on 1 December 2011 in General, Guest Bloggers

The Nativity of Christ has been celebrated for centuries and yet most traditional customs were of pagan origin.  There then followed a period where Christmas celebration was almost non-existent due to the condemnation of pagan customs and superstitions during the Protestant Reformation. The Puritans then abolished all public celebrations after the Civil War and Christmas… Read more