Who Do You Think You Are? is Back Tonight with Kelly Clarkson

Posted by Pam Velazquez on July 23, 2013 in Website, Who Do You Think You Are?

Experience everything you love about family history in 43 fascinating minutes on the season premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? One-hundred-and-fifty years after the start of the Civil War, Grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson discovers her great-great-great-grandfather enlisted with the Union — twice. And she sets out to learn if her own strength and commitment Read More

New England Family History Comes Alive with 220 Million New Records!

Posted by Pam Velazquez on July 18, 2013 in Collections, Digitization, Site Features, Website

We are very excited to announce we have added more than 220 million historical New England records to our existing database creating the most comprehensive collection of New England records available online! Included in the new collections are birth, marriage and death records for hundreds of millions of residents in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Read More

Image Processing at Ancestry.com – Part 6: Auto-Sharpening

Posted by Michael Murdock on July 17, 2013 in Operations

This post is the sixth in a series about the Ancestry.com Image Processing Pipeline (IPP). The IPP is the part of the content pipeline that is responsible for digitizing and processing the millions of images we publish to our site.  The core functionality of the IPP is illustrated in the following diagram. In this post I continue with the material from Read More

Kim Harrison Receives the Martha Washington Medal

Posted by Pam Velazquez on July 16, 2013 in Events, News, Website

Our own Kim Harrison has been awarded the Martha Washington Medal by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) at its 123rd annual Congress in Kansas City, MO. Kim is the Senior Institutional Account Executive, based in our Provo (UT) headquarters. A native of Michigan, she is a past president of Read More

Let DevOps be DevOps…Nothing More Nothing Less

Posted by John Esser on July 12, 2013 in Development

I recently attended DevOps Days in Santa Clara, a two-day conference/event focused on the DevOps culture and practices.  Even though the conference is in its fourth year, you still get talks about what DevOps is and what it means. The term “DevOps” is relatively new movement in the software development industry.  Patrick Debois, a sysadmin/developer, Read More

Creating a Dynamic NAnt Fileset

Posted by Geoff Rayback on July 3, 2013 in Development

Every once in a while when building NAnt targets you will come across the desire to create a <fileset> which is defined at runtime.  Maybe you’d like to define the <fileset> as a property in a previous target or a calling target and have it be used in a subsequent task.  For example we have a Read More

The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Later

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 1, 2013 in Collections

150 years ago, from 1-3 July 1863, men from the North and the South converged in and around a small rural town in Pennsylvania. This battle was considered a crucial turning point in the Civil War, but it was also the bloodiest and most decisive battle to ever happen on American soil. This was the Battle of Read More

Take Your Tree with You This Summer

Posted by Juliana Szucs on July 1, 2013 in Mobile, Site Features, Website

Summer is prime time for research trips, cemetery visits, and family reunions. For family historians, these trips used to take extra planning. Along with the sunscreen, bug spray, and potato salad, family reunions required choosing which books, papers, and photos to bring along for research or sharing—and the inevitability of forgetting something important. With the Read More