Hey Oregon! Happy 155th Statehood Day!

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 14, 2014 in Research

Oregon has been the home of more than 20 Native American tribes.  It’s natural resources attracted the Spanish, the Russians, the English and a host of others looking for riches and a better life.  It was the destination of those who traveled the Oregon Trail starting in Independence, Missouri.  If your ancestors are from Oregon, Read More

Ask Ancestry Anne: I’m Having a Hard Time Researching my African American Ancestors

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

This month’s question: Answer: I found the census records that you referred to, and as you stated, the family’s race varies among the 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 census records. It should be noted that on the 1930 and 1940 census there were no instructions for individuals of mixed race. Citizens were either one race Read More

New Content: Medicos, Taxpayers and Railroaders

Posted by Paul Rawlins on February 12, 2014 in Collections

Was there a doctor—or midwife—in the family? The New Zealand, Registers of Medical Practitioners and Nurses, 1873, 1882–1933, database lists all sorts of state-approved medical practitioners.   Meanwhile, back in England, the West Yorkshire, England, Tax Valuation, 1910, itemized (as it were) more than half a million residents for tax purposes.  Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636–1899, Read More

RootsTech Presentations: Fine Tuning Ancestry.com Search and Extracting Stories from Military Records

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 11, 2014 in Research, Speaking

We had a great time hanging out with our members at RootsTech 2014 – talking to members, answering questions, doing demos in the booth and conference presentations. In case you couldn’t be there to participate, I’d thought I’d share the slides from my two conference presentations: Learning How to Tune Your Ancestry.com Search There is Read More

What You Might Have Missed: February 10th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 10, 2014 in Website

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Family History Sources in The Wolverine State by Amy Johnson Crow Found it! How an AncestryDNA hint led me to a picture of my great-grandfather  by Anna Swayne Upcoming Webinars and Events: February 2014 by Kristie Wells Fold3 Monuments Men & The Holocaust-Era Assets Collection by Laura Prescott Newspapers.com The Fraught and Read More

Family History Sources in The Wolverine State

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on February 7, 2014 in Research

To say that Michigan has a rich and varied history would be an understatement. Long a home to several Native American tribes, it attracted the attention of French explorers and missionaries in the early 1600s. In the 18th century, Michigan’s position on the Great Lakes made it strategically attractive to both France and England, who Read More

Throwing Dynamite into the Log Jam

Posted by Tyler Jensen on February 6, 2014 in Development, Inside our Offices

I changed teams at the beginning of the year from search services to an R&D team working on some exciting projects. The team has created a distributed system to repeatedly process and analyze many billions of family history records using a complex and time consuming algorithm that has been challenging to scale up and out. Read More

Handling Dynamic JSON Schemas

Posted by Xuyen On on February 5, 2014 in Operations

In my last post, I introduced our first steps in creating a scalable, high volume messaging system and would like to provide an update on our progress. We have built out a 0.7.2 Kafka cluster to start ingesting data from our servers. The cluster consists of the following: 5 x  Kafka nodes •    Dual 6 Read More