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Ancestry.com has added two sets of records this month, the UK Civil Divorce Records 1858–1911 and UK, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1911and UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960. The details are as follows: “Historical Background Divorce in the UK changed in 1858 when the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act took effect. Among other things, this law removed divorce […]

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Sandy on December 3rd, 2012

Ancestry.com has published the following Instagram Facebook contest to celebrate the holidays. To access the contest you have to click “Like”: “As family historians, we always wish our ancestors had documented and passed down more. Especially around the holidays as I spend time with family, I think of my ancestors more than ever. What was […]

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Bloomberg reported on October 26 that Ancestry.com shareholders are not doing a happy dance over the proposed $1.6 billion buyout by Permira Advisers LLP. The article below includes links for further information: “Ancestry.com the world’s largest family-history website, was sued by shareholders who contend they will be shortchanged in a proposed $1.6 billion buyout by […]

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On July 1st each year, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. On July 1,  1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united as a single country. The union was an outcome of the Constitution Act, which granted Canada a large measure of independence from England. Over the course of a century, Canada gradually […]

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For me, this was the best to date. It’s the kind of family history that most people can expect to find. No extremes, but amazingly emotional for the Oscar winning actress. Helen Hunt cried when she visited her great-great-grandmother’s grave and said, “What she achieved has affected every generation. It’s such a big deal. She […]

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We’re all aware that privacy has become increasingly important and during these days of the Internet where a disturbing amount of information is available online—whether accurate or not and usually not. Today, Ancestry.com is taking extra measures to make sure that your data online at Ancestry is protected. To this end they have published a […]

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Sandy on January 24th, 2012

In an effort to heal their recent customer woes and provide a customer centric approach in 2012 , 23andMe has formed an Ambassadors group to help guide and influence their product development.  This move will also offer advise on user research, support request emails, community posts, social media and traditional media responses. This is a […]

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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com which shows an interesting and optimistic trend not only for Ancestry but also for enthusiastic family history researchers:   “PROVO, Utah, Jan. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today reported that it ended the fourth quarter with 1,703,000 […]

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To make sure that Ancestry.com 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 […]

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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com about the release of Family Tree Maker for Mac2. It has a long list of improvements: “PROVO, Utah, Dec. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM) today announced the release of Family Tree Maker® for Mac 2, the improved version of the world’s No.1 selling family history […]

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Here’s the latest information from Ancestry.com about their Advanced Image Viewer: “Several years ago, we launched the Advanced Image Viewer. This viewer provided some much-needed capabilities and was welcomed by the users who could take advantage of it. Our other users – almost 50% of our total user base – continued to use a basic […]

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Ancestry says: “Ancestry.com’s mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod has now been downloaded over 1 million times, with one-third of those downloads happening in the last two months alone. In addition, over half of users of the app are new to Ancestry.com indicating a growing interest in family history, Ancestry.com and in mobile […]

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The following is a press release from Ancestry.com “Nearly 25 million National Archives Civil War records documenting lives and service of Union and Confederate soldiers available free to public at Ancestry.com from April 7-14 WASHINGTON, D.C., and PROVO, UTAH — (April 6, 2011) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, and the National Archives, […]

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The Golden Globe-winning actor Steve Buscemi  is “next on” tonight as he embarks on a journey to discover the rogues and villains of his ancestry. You’ll learn what he uncovers in tonight’s new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the show airing Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC. […]

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Sandy on February 24th, 2011

If you’re an Ancestry.com member you’ll be interested to see the following  financial results published today: “PROVO, Utah, Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010. “2010 was a productive and very successful […]

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Registration is now open for the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadian Department of North York Central Library Scottish history workshop.  The program looks like a fascinating featuring three speakers James F.S. Thomson, Chris Paton, and Marian Press. The when and Where: Saturday, June 18, 2011 North York Central Library Auditorium […]

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Ancestry.com has announced that they have a new iPad app called Ancestry. It’s built specifically for the tablet and shows complete images of family records and photos. It’s  also a highly interactive and visual tool for users to share their trees with family and friends. A huge part of the 21st century that our ancestors […]

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I wanted to write about the Fortingall Yew, not only because some of my ancestors at one time lived and worked the area, but also because people have asked about it. It’s one of eight pictures that rotate on my blog and each time you visit SpittalStreet.com, or click on another page in the blog, […]

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