Digging into Deaths of American Citizens Abroad

Posted by Paul Rawlins on December 21, 2010 in Collections, Mexico

Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad is, I admit, a rather specialized database—though it was just bolstered by a major update that fills in the years 1910–1962. These are records created by American consulates overseas when a U.S. citizen (other than military personnel) died within their district. My people are pretty much homebodies, so Read More

Vital Maine—BMDs, pre-1892–1922

Posted by Paul Rawlins on December 16, 2010 in Collections

If Virginia is for lovers, as the bumper stickers would have us believe, is Maine for writers? As I was doing some background research for the new Maine vital records (births, marriages, deaths) that just went live on Ancestry, it got me wondering what was up with all the poets and other literary types who Read More

Join Ancestry.com for RootsTech

Posted by Jeanie Croasmun on December 14, 2010 in Events

Mark your calendar for February 10-12 and join Ancestry.com in Salt Lake City, Utah, for RootsTech 2011 – a brand new conference where technology and family history come together. What does it mean for you? A chance to meet with, learn from and talk to the people who design the tools that help you make Read More

Family Tree Maker Is a Holiday Hit!

Posted by Tana L. Pedersen on December 10, 2010 in Family Tree Maker, News

Every DecemberThe Oprah Magazine, announces its top holiday gift picks. And this year we’re excited to announce that our very own Family Tree Maker 2011 made Dr. Phil’s list of “Gifts to strengthen your relationship! Family Tree Maker software combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and Read More

Ancestry Search: Improvements to Basic Search

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on December 8, 2010 in Website

Why have we changed the search form? Over the past year, we have been working with a wide range of ancestry.com members, from some of our most experienced members to relative newcomers. We’ve had a lot of help (including over 10,000 responses to the preview we published in April: Preview of Changes to Ancestry.com Search). Read More

Scheduled Family Tree Maintenance (6 December, 12:01-2:00 AM MST)

Posted by jhodnett on December 3, 2010 in Website

Please be aware that the Ancestry.com Family Tree Service will undergo scheduled maintenance early Monday morning, 6 December 2010, from about 12:01 AM to 2:00 AM Mountain Standard Time. This 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 sections of Read More

Recent Searches & Recently Viewed Collections

Posted by Laura Dansbury on December 2, 2010 in Website

Hello Everyone!  I wrote a couple blog posts about the updated pages in New Search a few months ago.   Updated new search homepage Browse the Place Pages  I thought it might be worth discussing a few more of the features in greater detail.   How often do you step away from your research for a few hours and then have trouble remembering exactly where you left Read More