Ancestry.com Announces New iPad App

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[Editor's Note:  information was just received from Ancestry.com announcing the new Ancestry iPad App.]

Ancestry.com’s New iPad App Lets Consumers Update and Share Family Trees, Old Photos and Records in Stunning Detail

Ancestry.com App Exploits iPad Form Factor and Features to Create a Deeper, Brighter, Smarter User Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the availability of its new iPad app called Ancestry.

Built specifically to deliver a compelling tablet experience, the new Ancestry app brings to life on iPad’s large screen multi-generational family trees complete with images of original family records and photos, making iPad a powerful tool for users to display and share their trees with family and friends in an interactive, highly visual way.

A dynamic, intuitive user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple for users to record memories, edit vital information, document life events and organize photos, and also for use in conducting field research, collection, and documentation.

Introducing Ancestry.com onto this compelling platform takes the website one step closer to its mission of helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.

“Since I already use my iPhone to document my life, it’s natural to use it to document my family tree,” said Ancestry.com user Aaron Vaughn of San Francisco. “Being able to research and upload photos and information on-the-fly makes updating my Ancestry.com account a seamless part of my life.  Now, with the new iPad app, I’ve got all the added benefits the larger format affords.”

Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com, comments: “The new Ancestry iPad app makes it fun and easy to explore and share your family history research by allowing you and your family to tap and swipe your way through your family tree, old photos and records.

“Ancestry.com is committed to leveraging the latest technology to make what we offer on our website easily accessible, simple and enjoyable to use for family history novices and experts alike, at their desks or in the field.”

The Ancestry.com app for iPad is now available for free at the iTunes App Store. A new version of the popular Ancestry.com iPhone app, which includes more features for navigating a family tree and viewing records already attached to a tree, is also available for free in the App Store.

To get started, just download the apps to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch(i), log in to your Ancestry.com account and choose a family tree.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOMNews) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

(i) “iTunes,” “iPhone,” “iPod” and “iPhone” are trademarks of Apple, Inc.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Ancestry.com and other genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

The Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes


Who Do You Think You Are Season 2 Sweepstakes

Once again this year, Ancestry.com is hosting The Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes in conjunction with its sponsorship of Season 2 of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

While I haven’t seen any press release yet, the contest started on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 and runs through April 8, 2011.  You can get more details here and there is even a way for Canadian genealogists to enter here.

What does the grand prize winner get? The Grand Prize includes”

  • $20,000 in travel money, plus:
  • Up to 8 hours of consultation time with an expert genealogist
  • Help from up to 5 experts in fields relevant to your family history
  • A yearlong Ancestry.com World Deluxe membership for you and 5 family members

In addition, 20 First Prize winners will get an annual Ancestry.com World Deluxe membership. You can enter once a day so make sure you visit the sweepstakes site often!

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Open Thread Thursday – Ancestry and the Genealogy Community

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

This week Ancestry.com announced that it would cease operation of Expert Connect on February 3, 2011. This has caused much discussion on various genealogy blogs and mailing lists about Ancestry.com’s commitment to and role in the genealogy community.

What are your opinions about Ancestry.com’s role in the genealogy community? Does the biggest player in the industry have any duty to this vibrant group of genealogists and family historians? Or is its duty solely to its stockholders and customers since Ancestry went public in late 2009?

Here are some of the recent postings by members of GeneaBloggers about Ancestry.com’s Expert Connect and its recent demise:

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Rather than post my personal opinions here at GeneaBloggers, I urge you to read my blog posts at High-Definition Genealogy including Expert Disconnect – What’s Ancestry.com’s Next Move? and Ancestry.com – The Evil Empire of Genealogy?

Please either post on today’s topic of “Ancestry and the Genealogy Community” at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section.

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Ancestry.com and other genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee