To make sure that met customer requirements, they asked users what they could do to make their research goals better. Based on the response, they put together a list of 12 improvements Ancestry will implement in 2012 as follows:

1. Announcing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census — the 72-year wait is over!

The long-awaited 1940 Census comes to this spring. Start by browsing for your family in copies of original, handwritten census documents. And stick with us throughout the year as we provide tips for using the 1940 Census to make new discoveries in both the census and other collections. It’s a debut you won’t want to miss.
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2. A fully-indexed 1911 UK Census, plus more U.S. state censuses.

Watch for the complete, indexed 1911 UK census and other international content, as well as new U.S. state census records. Each of these acts as a snapshot of your family in history and can help you make more discoveries in new-for-2012 additions to our military, voter list, city directory and immigration collections.

3. Additional U.S. birth, marriage and death records.

We’ll be adding vital records from two key states: Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. And in the UK, we’ll be adding parish vital records from Lancashire and the city of Manchester. Yes, the largest collection of digitized original parish registers in the world is still growing.

4. New U.S. and international church records.

Churches have long kept precise details — everything from census-style
lists of household members to christenings, marriages, burials and all
the events in between. Look specifically for Quaker records from
the U.S., non-conformist records from the UK, other parish
details and Swedish church records, too.

5.  Millions of new occupation-related records.

Occupational details go beyond names and dates to
provide insights into your ancestors’ lives. In 2012,
you’ll find millions of new occupation-related records
from the U.S. and the UK, including railroad and
maritime records.


6. Direct access to more Ancestry Hints that can lead you to new records.

Soon you’ll be receiving more Ancestry Hints about records matching people in your family tree. Also look for new photo-related and story-related Hints. And enjoy a new portal page that displays and organizes your Hints as soon as we find them so you can review and sort them right away.

7. Clearer images plus new census technology showing more details.

We’re making it even easier for you to uncover all the information hidden in a record. A new image viewer will make document images clearer and simpler to rotate, save and enlarge. Plus, we’ll roll out a brand-new experience with two of our most popular census collections involving advancements so sophisticated, you’ll put away your magnifying glass and cheat sheets. You’ll know exactly what’s on each handwritten line and how it relates to your ancestor.


8. Free family tree apps for Apple, Android, Kindle Fire and NOOK.

A new discovery or inspiration can come at any time. That’s why we’ll continue to enhance our mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad. We’ll also introduce our new Android app, which you can use on devices including the Kindle Fire, NOOK and other Android-powered tablets and phones. And we’ll keep improving Family Tree Maker and enhancing TreeSync integration.
Learn more about our mobile apps.

9. New ways to connect and grow your tree with help from social networking sites.

We’ll be making it easier to share your discoveries with family and friends through social networking — even when your family isn’t logged in to You’ll also be able to connect with cousins, share records and discover new tools and techniques, any of which may hold the key to your next big discovery.

10. New answers in your DNA.

In 2012, we’ll unveil advances in our DNA testing that leverage the latest in science and technology to deliver exciting information about your ethnicity and help you make new family connections.


11. Ancestry Hints from new historical record collections.

We’re developing ways to tell you when a new record collection likely contains information about your family so you can dive straight into the answers you’ve been looking for. Plus, to keep you updated, our soon-to-be-revamped “What’s New” page will give you the scoop on recent and upcoming developments.

12. Tips and instruction directly from the pros at

Look for more opportunities to get hands-on family history demonstrations from our own team of experts. We’ll be hosting Q&A sessions, providing tips to tackle the toughest research challenges and offering short lessons and suggestions that can help you get the most from

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