Planned Maintenance For Family Trees Service Tonight

Posted by Kenny Freestone on March 31, 2009 in Website

We plan to upgrade our trees service tonight, adding some fancy new hardware and software.  We expect that the service will be unavailable for about 2 hours starting around 1:00 AM mountain time. This tree service downtime will affect Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of My Canvas, the sections of the Home Page that are related to Read More

Working with text boxes in MyCanvas

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 27, 2009 in Website

In keeping with our “freedom of expression” philosophy, the MyCanvas publishing service provides many different tools for editing and manipulating text in a book, poster or calendar. We give you so many options that you may not be aware of some of them, even if you’re an experienced MyCanvas user. In MyCanvas you can: Position Read More

London Workhouse Records and More to Come

Posted by Echo King on March 27, 2009 in Collections

On March 26 Ancestry announced the first release of data to the definitive collection of records detailing the rich history of London and its inhabitants over 400 years. This historic collection is being completed in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts following a competitive tender by the City of London to digitise and exclusively host Read More Is Coming to Raleigh, North Carolina!

Posted by on March 26, 2009 in News is proud to sponsor the 2009 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Don’t miss these four days of family history, classes, exhibit halls and much, much more.  2009 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference May 13–16, 2009 Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina   Exhibit Hall – Free to the Public Read More

Some improvements to the online Messages feature

Posted by jhodnett on March 25, 2009 in Site Features, Website

I had posted previously about our new online Messages feature and I just wanted to give an update about some improvements we’ve made to it, largely based on your feedback. The improvement I am most excited about is the addition of “Ancestor Links” in messages.  Some of the member trees on are private and Read More

Family Tree Maker: The Extended Family Chart

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on March 25, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

As you probably know by now, the 2009 Software Update includes a new chart: the Extended Family. This tree displays every individual in your file or just the ancestors and descendants of a specific individual. Each generation appears on its own horizontal row: grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, and so forth.

Huge new content addition for more recent years

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 18, 2009 in Collections

We are launching huge new content additions over the next few weeks.  We are excited because it helps provide records from 1935 to today.  We have great census and vital records from 1930 and before but more recent records are difficult to acquire.  These new records are being provided in 4 major releases. First, we launched a 1940 census substitute. This Read More

Update about temporary site problems this morning

Posted by jhodnett on March 12, 2009 in Site Issues, Website

As an update to our previous post, we wanted to let everyone know that we have resolved many of the issues we were experiencing on the site this morning.  In general the homepage should load properly for you. The two temporary exceptions are the Quick Links and To-do sections.  For now, these two sections will Read More

U.S. Content Update: 1880 Census Images, 1935-1945 City Directories, Improved Obituaries Collection & Iowa State Census Fix

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 12, 2009 in Collections

Here’s a summary of today’s U.S. Content releases: 1880 U.S. Federal Census Over 99% of the 1,085,847 images were replaced today with higher quality images scanned from earlier generation microfilm. We’re looking closer at the images left to be replaced. In many cases, the improvement in quality is the difference between completely illegible to complete Read More

Temporary site problems

Posted by jhodnett on March 12, 2009 in Site Issues, Website

We wanted to let everyone know that we are having some temporary site problems this morning that we are actively working on.  The primary error you may notice is getting a message on the homepage when you are logged-in to the site stating “Everything has been removed from your page.”  We expect this and any Read More