Scheduled Site Maintenance Tonight, Wednesday Nov. 18

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 18, 2009 in Site Issues

We want to let you know that the and related Ancestry International sites will be down for about 4 hours for scheduled maintenance tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 18) through early Wednesday morning beginning at 11:30 PM Mountain Time (that’s 1:30  AM ET or 5:30 AM GMT).  The Ancestry World Archives Project will only be available for offline keying. Thank you Read More

State and Country Pages in Old Search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 18, 2009 in Collections

Currently the State and Country Pages in old search (the pages you get to when you click on the maps on the search home page) are not listing data collections as they usually do. We are aware of the problem and are working on fixing it quickly. Both old and new search are working correctly, Read More

Family Tree Maker: Program Update

Posted by Michelle Pfister on November 17, 2009 in Family Tree Maker

Hello Everyone, We are soon going to release a small program update to Family Tree Maker 2010, which will address some of the requests you’ve made here on the blog and in other forums.  Here are some of the highlights: Improved Relationship Calculator. Direct-line relationships now take precedence over less direct lines. Greater control over Read More

Temporary Site Problems

Posted by Web Operations on November 17, 2009 in Site Issues, Website

We’re letting everyone know that we are having some temporary site problems that we are actively working to resolve. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

Former Friends Reunite After 34 Years

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 16, 2009 in Site Features

Most of you have probably seen the video clips on our site highlighting the success stories of a few of our members. There is a video about Cathryn Darling, who thought her father had abandoned her as a child only to find out through research on that he was killed in a tragic fishing Read More Adds 600 Navy Cruise Books to Its U.S. Military Collection

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 10, 2009 in Collections

To commemorate Veterans Day, today added more than 600 Navy cruise books to its online collection of military records. This effort is the result of an agreement between and the United States Navy. The collection of Navy cruise books, available exclusively online at, represents nearly 40 years of cruises following World War Read More

Scheduled Family Tree Maintenance (10 November 2009, 1-2 AM MST)

Posted by Kenny Freestone on November 9, 2009 in Website

Please be aware that the Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, 10 November 2009, from 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM Mountain Standard Time. This tree service downtime will affect Ancestry Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of My Canvas, the sections of the Home Page that are related to Member Trees, and the Read More

Refine your searches in fewer steps in new search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on November 7, 2009 in Website

After listening, researching and testing with members, we decided to make the hot key experience in new search the default method for refining searches. (Note: I got my dates wrong, it’s Tuesday, November 10th…so just a little more waiting.) This change will happen on Monday, November 9th, sometime during the day. The information you enter Read More

Card Catalog questions from the October 2009 Search Webinar

Posted by Laura Dansbury on November 2, 2009 in Collections, Webinars

Thank you for your participation in the search strategies webinar. We had a wonderful turnout with thousands of comments and questions. We answered as many questions as time allowed. We have a list of the questions asked during the webinar and we’ll be posting answers to the most popular questions and topic areas.

There were many questions about the card catalog and about topics that can be researched using the card catalog.