Find More Success with Suggested Records

Posted by Brian Edwards on September 16, 2010 in Website

I am excited to announce a new feature that we hope will make it a little easier for you to find more records about your ancestors.  When you look at an index page for the “1900 US Federal Census” or the “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” you may see a section on the Read More

Share Your Opinion on Irish Ancestry

Posted by Heather Erickson on September 16, 2010 in Website

We’re taking a short customer survey to get a better idea around your interested  in Irish roots and family history. Do you have Irish ancestry? If you have a keen interest in Irish family history then let us know your thoughts by completing our survey. Click here to begin. It should only take up to Read More

Selected Canadian Service Records—Lest We Forget

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 16, 2010 in Collections

This week, two databases—and 200 lives—went online as part of a special partnership between and Library and Archives Canada to support the popular “Lest We Forget” educational initiative. This program helps students explore the lives of Canada’s soldiers and their sacrifices through selections from the service files of 200 veterans of the First or Read More

Family Tree Maintenance Thursday, Sept. 16th 12:01AM MT

Posted by jhodnett on September 15, 2010 in Website

The Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance Thursday for about 3 hours beginning at 12:01 AM Mountain Time. (6:01 AM GMT, 2:01 AM Eastern, 1:01 AM Central, 11:01 PM Pacific)  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 Read More

Family Tree Maker: 2011 Webinar Tonight

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on September 15, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, Webinars

Tonight at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time the experts at Family Tree Maker are holding a free webinar to discuss the features in the latest version of the software. You’ll learn how to: Use Smart Stories—a new narrative tool to help you create and share family stories. Create new fan charts. Dress up your charts using photographs Read More

Family Tree Maker: More about 2011

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on September 14, 2010 in Family Tree Maker

The announcement about the release of Family Tree Maker 2011 produced so many questions I decided that a follow-up post might be helpful. Unfortunately I won’t be able respond to every comment that was left but hopefully I can cover some of the bigger issues. What is happening with the Mac version of Family Tree Read More

California State Census, 1852—The Gold in Them Thar’ Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 13, 2010 in Collections

Have you checked out the California State Census, 1852, that just went live on yet? The California gold rush, somewhat inadvertently started by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill, would bring about 300,000 people to the state between 1848 and 1854. The 1850 U.S. Federal Census tallied California’s population at 92,597. By 1852, when Read More

Discovering Names in Unexpected Places

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on September 8, 2010 in Website

Another member story to share — this one’s about a photo with wonderful secrets: “I had wondered what my grandmother looked like at a young age. This was my father’s mother, Mary Helisek Vinic, who died before I was born. The only picture I had of her was of her in an open casket Read More

Ellis Island Stories

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on September 2, 2010 in Website

I feel an odd connection to Ellis Island, a place I’ve never been to personally. But two of my grandparents and all but one set of my great-grandparents found themselves there at one time or another. I discovered this fact last week when two passenger lists I’d been looking for finally found me, too. I’d Read More

How Knutson Became Newton

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on September 1, 2010 in Webinars

Sometimes I get a story from an member that’s just so wonderful I have to share it. The following, from Kathy Kennard, fits that description perfectly:  “My great-grandfather, Hans Knutson, came from Norway and, according to family history, had a bit of a lisp. When he told the officials his name, they understood him Read More