Posted by Ancestry Team on April 20, 2015 in Mobile, Website

Ancestry is now available on Apple Watch—bet you never thought you’d see the day you could do family history from your wrist! Okay, you might not do full family history activities, but you can learn about a new photo hint or reply to a comment about a story you attached to your tree.

Ancestry Apple Watch App


Get notified about important events in your family history

You can see important “on-this-day” events in your family history including birthdays, anniversaries, and death dates of your direct ancestors and close relatives. Plus, we will let you know when we find records about a possible new parent or spouse, or birth, marriage, and death info missing from your tree.

Keep on top of new hints and comments

Take small steps to discover more about your family anytime, anywhere. A simple tap to review new hints or comment by voice dictation can enrich your family stories step by step. Within the watch app, you can scroll through a feed of meaningful hints, important dates from your tree, and comments about photos and stories. If there’s a hint that looks interesting, you can easily open right to it by pulling out your phone—if it’s a photo hint, you can save it to your tree directly from the watch.

Download the latest version of the Ancestry iPhone app (which includes the watch app) and be ready when your watch comes. The Ancestry iPhone app provides important notifications about events in your family history and allows you to fully discover your ancestry.


  1. Harold Phillips

    I don’t plan on getting an Apple watch, but I’m very excited about the “this day in history” feature that you’re rolling out with this app! I hope you’ll extend that feature to the other apps, and to the site as a whole. I’d love to see a notification about birthdays and important events – in fact, it’d be marvelous if you could do a “daily email” to members with that information!

  2. Louise Hanson

    I totally agree with Harold regarding notification of ancestry members receiving a “daily email” with birthdays and important dates & events pertaining to those in the member’s trees and in history. I would like to see the daily email as I don’t have a tablet or other device to use an app on and surely don’t see me getting an Apple Watch now or in the future. Thank you for your very helpful blog posts.

  3. Neil Saunders

    This is great news. One feature that i’d like to suggest is the ability to share on social media when these notifications come up – like born on this day for example.

  4. Judy

    I am disappointed to find that does not email members regarding important “Events”.
    I have been with My Heritage for quite a while and received emails announcing birthdays etc.

    I was thinking of changing to Ancestry for other reasons .. but this could now sway my decision.

  5. Bonnie Culley

    WONDERFUL! I plan to get an Apple Watch. Sounds like the folks have no idea what all this watch can do for you. I was amazed at what it can do and it’s just getting started. I will have date handy when I get to the library. How many of you research at the library or courthouse?

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