Family Tree Maker 2009 Beta Test

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 30, 2008 in Family Tree Maker

We are now taking applicants for the Family Tree Maker 2009 beta test. We are looking for testers that are willing to find and report any bugs as well as give input into features and direction.  If you are interested in being a volunteer beta tester please fill out the screening questions at the following Read More

More on’s New Search

Posted by Kendall Hulet on June 29, 2008 in Website

My last post about our new search received a number of comments from concerned readers about the new search experience.  I’d like to address some of them in this post. Before I begin, I think that it is important to explain that most people really like the new search interface.  According to our research, over Read More

U.S. Content Update: Ancestry now digitizing onsite at NARA

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 27, 2008 in Collections, Website

For years we’ve been purchasing and digitizing microfilm publications from The National Archives, such as the U.S. Federal Census, passenger lists, and naturalization records. Upon completion, each digitized collection is then published on, making it possible for subscribers to access these records online at home, or wherever they connect to the internet. Some of Read More

Ancestry celebrates 25 years!

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 25, 2008 in Collections, News, Website

At the National Genealogical Society Conference in Kansas City a few weeks ago, Ancestry celebrated its 25th Anniversary! Maybe you’re thinking: “Wait a minute the website hasn’t been around that long!” You would be absolutely right. The company was actually incorporated as Ancestry, Inc., a genealogical book publishing company. Since 1983, Ancestry has published Read More

Showing off your photos in AncestryPress

Posted by Ancestry Team on June 12, 2008 in Website

I recently called my sister Brigitte, an economist at a prestigious university, to ask her advice about my mortgage. A few days later, I was in the room when my sister Heidi called Brigitte to ask whether she should refinance her townhouse. Since I had moved some of my retirement funds into “safe” assets, I Read More

Honoring Your Fathers

Posted by Lou Szucs on June 5, 2008 in Collections, Website

No matter who we are or where we came from, our dads have played a critical role in determining the kind of individuals we’ve become. With Father’s Day coming quickly, most of us are struggling to come up with the perfect way to honor the special men in our lives. Whether they are living or Read More