World Archives Project – New project to index

Posted by afechter on May 13, 2010 in Website

Yesterday we released a new project to be indexed, the Slave Ads and Abstracts from a Natchez, MS newspaper, 1823-1849.  This project comprises ads and articles mainly regarding the selling of slaves and looking for runaway slaves.  It is sad, and odd, to see the ads selling people and having people willed to others as if they were property – looking Read More

Are Muster Rolls New to You, Too?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on May 11, 2010 in Collections

I’ve been waiting to get a look at the Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls, 1861–1865. Not because I have family from Alabama—most of my Southern relatives had headed west a generation or two earlier—but because I didn’t have a good handle on what muster rolls contained. I knew they were lists of soldiers and their Read More

Family Tree Maintenance Thursday Morning (May 13th at 12:30 AM MDT)

Posted by jhodnett on May 11, 2010 in Website

The Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Thursday morning for about 3 hours beginning at about 12:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time. During this time Ancestry Member Trees, OneWorldTree, some portions of My Canvas, the sections of the Home Page that are related to Member Trees, and the sections of that are related to Member Read More

World Archives Project Releases New Projects

Posted by afechter on May 10, 2010 in Website

Last week we released two new projects – one for keying and one for searching… The New South Wales, Australia, Applications and Admissions to Orphan Schools, 1817-1833 database is now available to be searched which brings the total number of databases completed through the World Archives Project to 20!  This database details the plights of orphans in New South Wales.  Although Read More

CA Mortality Schedules—A Look at the Local

Posted by Paul Rawlins on May 10, 2010 in Collections, Mexico, Website

“All politics is local” was a favorite saying of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. A quick look at the 1850 U.S. Federal Census mortality schedules for California leaves me thinking all history might be local, too. Mortality schedules for California and Maine went live on this week, and as I browsed through Read More

New search category pages

Posted by Laura Dansbury on May 6, 2010 in Website

With feedback and beta testing from members, we’re working on updates to many areas of search. Our newest update enhances the category pages.  The forms themselves on the category pages haven’t changed and will continue to work in the familiar way.  But we’ve made several enhancements in the content surrounding the forms.  The new features you’ll see Read More

New Photo Upload Tool

Posted by Kenny Freestone on May 6, 2010 in Site Features, Website

Today we added to the site a new tool to help you quickly and simply upload multiple family history photos and documents at one time. To try this out in your own family tree, you’ll want to click the “add media” or “add photo” links, just as you would have before this change.  What you Read More

Tell Us Your Story

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on May 5, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Ever since watching Sarah Jessica Parker find a link to the California Gold Rush, I’ve been hoping to find one in my family tree, too. I have family in California (some of whom show up repeatedly in marriage and divorce records) but my research says they all migrated in the 20th century. Still, each episode of Read More

Seven Great Lessons from Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on May 4, 2010 in Who Do You Think You Are?

Beyond just being entertaining, there were valuable family history lessons to be learned in the first season of Who Do You Think You Are? Here are seven of my favorites: Lesson #1.           Always verify the information. Sarah Jessica Parker’s search for family proved that not all obituaries are perfectly accurate. Her ancestor’s obituary gave a Read More