New Research Guide: The Sunflower State, Kansas

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 30, 2014 in Research

For centuries before Europeans took an interest in Kansas, Native Americans found the area that is now Kansas an abundant place with plentiful buffalo roaming the fertile plains. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 further increased the Native American population as groups from other areas of the U.S. were pushed westward. Early settlement took place Read More

5 Steps to Driving Your Research into Focus

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 30, 2014 in Website

It can be fun to jump in the car for a road trip with no destination in mind. But what if you have someplace you need to go? Heading out with no plan can get you there, but probably not in the most effective way. It’s the same with our research. We can find all Read More Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch

Posted by Ancestry Team on January 29, 2014 in Collections, Website

We are pleased to announce an extension of our collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than one billion additional records from 67 countries available on These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement we announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish Read More

New Content: Indexes for Oregon and Swedish Church Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on January 28, 2014 in Website

Last week featured some welcome additions to existing databases. Ancestry World Archives Project volunteers provided indexes for two collections that had been image only up until now: Marion County, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1900, and Marion County, Oregon, Census, 1895.   We also added another 99,094 records to Sweden, Church Records, 1500-1941, which isn’t an insignificant number. It Read More

Creating a Completely Accessible Navigation Bar in HTML, CSS, and JS

Posted by Jason Boyer on January 27, 2014 in Development

Recently, I volunteered to prototype a new global navigation bar for the core website. This was a huge opportunity for some drastically needed improvements, not only for the code behind the header, but more importantly, the accessibility of the navigational items. Even though we’re early on in this process of creating an accessible navigation Read More

Genealogy Education: There is Excellent Help Out There

Posted by Crista Cowan on January 25, 2014 in Research

When people first become interested in family history it is easy, especially in this day and age, to do a few online searches, start building a family tree and develop the confidence that they are an expert. When they hit their first brick wall, they often go looking for assistance in the way of tutorials Read More