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Temporary Site Problem with Search Functionality

Posted on 30 June 2011 in Site Status

We are experiencing some temporary site problems with our search functionality. 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 JULY 1, 2011 AT 12:00 AM BST… Read more

Temporary Site Problems with Ancestry Member Trees

Posted 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

How we restored more than 16,500 water-damaged records from the 1851 Census

Posted on 25 November 2010 in General, Record Collections

Authored by Jack Reese from Ancestry In 2005 we finished scanning the UK Census collection from the microfilm reels that were available at the time and discovered that the writing on many of the images was very faint and unreadable in many cases.  Certified genealogist and then-head of Ancestry’s Indexing department, noted that as many… Read more

Playing hide and seek with my Manchester ancestors

Posted on 24 November 2010 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

By Claire Vaughan, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine Discovering my great great grandparents, Frederick and Mary Bland, in the 1891 Manchester census at the Family Records Centre in London was my first real genealogical hit. That was 13 years ago and I’ve been a family history devotee ever since. But I had no… Read more

My father and the story of the last WW1 Silver War Badge ever rewarded

Posted on 10 November 2010 in General, Record Collections

AUTHORED BY PETER GIBBINS – ANCESTRY.CO.UK MEMBER  When one evening the Ancestry search engine returned a link to some newly released military documents, I did not know that it was about to lead me on an amazing journey of discovery about my family history and the priceless pleasure of reuniting many living members of our… Read more

Indexing Feedback blog category

Posted on 20 September 2010 in Record Collections

  Thanks for leaving comments on our Indexing Feedback blog category, which was in testing only yesterday but will soon be live on our blog. Your comments have been fed back to both our development and indexing teams. Once the Indexing Feedback blog is live, you will have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on… Read more

Family Tree Maintenance on Wednesday the 25th August at 07:01 GMT.

Posted on 23 August 2010 in General, Site Features, Site Status

The Ancestry.co.uk Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Wednesday for about 3 hours beginning at 07:01 AM GMT.  During this time Ancestry Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of My Canvas, the sections of the Home Page that are related to Member Trees and the sections of MyFamily.com that are related to Member Trees will… Read more