National Family History Survey Reveals Surprising Results

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 17, 2007 in News

In the spirit of the holiday season, we at were curious to see how much Americans knew about their own family histories. A national survey we conducted revealed some surprising findings, such as: – 83 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds are the most interested in learning their family history, compared to 35- to 54-year-olds Read More

Family Trees on

Posted by Kenny Freestone on December 14, 2007 in Website

Hi there! I’m Kenny Freestone, product manager at over our online family tree tools, especially the relatively new Member Trees on Ancestry. You might not be aware of the incredibly exciting work you have all been doing in building a family tree on Since the product’s launch in July of 2006, we’ve seen Read More

Family Tree Maker Sources

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 11, 2007 in Family Tree Maker

I recently had a good discussion with the Senior UI Designer for Family Tree Maker about sourcing. I wanted to share some notes from that discussion on the blog. As always, I would be interested in hearing some feedback from the group as well. I hope this is helpful!  A number of people have asked Read More

Sharing and collaboration in AncestryPress

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 11, 2007 in Website

We recently launched a new collaboration feature for people who are working together to build online trees on In the past, a tree owner could invite other family members to view and edit an online tree, but only the tree owner could use the data in the tree to create a project in AncestryPress. Read More

Seems like something’s missing here…

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 7, 2007 in Collections, Website

Hi, my name is Chris Lydiksen and I’m the product manager responsible for US and Canada content. By way of introduction, I’ve been with the company for about four years, all of that time focused on content. I work closely with several of the professional genealogists on staff here at I’m a history buff Read More

New military backgrounds and descendant books in AncestryPress

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 5, 2007 in Website

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was on vacation the last two weeks of November, but during my absence there were several exciting improvements to AncestryPress. Military Backgrounds  In response to customer demand, we’ve added a series of military backgrounds based on specific wars. You can now create pages honoring family members Read More

U.S. Passport Applications Trace the Travels of the Rich and Famous

Posted by Ancestry Team on December 3, 2007 in Collections, News

Walt Disney. Babe Ruth. Tom Cruise’s great-grandparents. Our new collection of U.S. Passport Applications reveals the travels of several of America’s early-20th-century rich and famous. In total, the collection captures some 2.4 million Americans who traveled between 1795 and 1925, including vacationers and immigrants who often returned to their native countries to bring other family members back to America. The collection includes information on Read More