Family Tree Maker Webinar on June 16th

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on March 12, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Webinars

If you’ve mastered the basics of Family Tree Maker and you’re ready to learn more, join us for a free webinar on June 16th at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Watch as the experts demonstrate some of the advanced features available in Family Tree Maker 2010. You’ll learn how to work with the Web Merge feature, Read More Sponsors Immigration Family History Expo, March 18

Posted by on March 11, 2010 in News is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Immigration Family History Expo on March 18, 2010, at Historic Masonic Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. This day-long event will feature speakers discussing all aspects of our ancestor’s immigration experience. Lew Cramer, World Trade Center Utah President and CEO, and Elizabeth Goryunova, the Center’s Executive Vice President Read More

Improved Member Directory

Posted by Stephanie Cruz on March 11, 2010 in Website

The Member Directory lets you search public profiles of other members on In the past, the search was limited to one category. If you wanted to find an advanced researcher who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is focused on the Schultz surname of Western European descent, and speaks German… well, you couldn’t easily do that. Read More

Lining Up Your History

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on March 9, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

I hated history in high school, a fact that seems absurd to me today since now I’m surrounded by it. But back then, history was just a bunch of names and dates and events that had no impact on me whatsoever. Or so I thought. Age does funny things to you. Gravity aside, it’s also Read More

Family Tree Maker: Organizing Media Files

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on March 8, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

I love organizing. My bookshelves at home are sorted by genre. The shirts hanging in my closet are grouped together based on color (and style). And the obsession doesn’t stop there. I’m always looking for new ways to put my family history in order. When I first started using Family Tree Maker, I didn’t bother Read More

Intermittent Site Problems

Posted by Ancestry Team on March 5, 2010 in Site Issues

We wanted to let everyone know that we are experiencing some intermittent site problems that have slowed down the site. We are actively working to resolve these issues and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

Social Security Death Index to be Updated Weekly

Posted by Chad Milliner on March 4, 2010 in Collections, Website

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) was one of’s very first databases. We’ve been adding names to this collection since 1996, and in that time we have listed more than 86 million names in the collection.  In fact, we were the first to provide family historians online access to the SSDI, so we realize Read More Blog Gets a New Look

Posted by Heather Erickson on March 4, 2010 in News, Website

No need to adjust your computer screen – you’re at the right place. As you may have noticed, we have updated the appearance of the blog to give it a little facelift based on feedback we received from the blog survey we conducted this past January. The appearance updates are minor, but we hope they Read More