From the long-awaited 1940 Census to a variety of new tools that allow you to connect with your family history wherever and whenever
you like, Ancestry.com has plenty in store for you in 2012. Here's a preview of what you can expect – and there's still much more to come.
The long-awaited 1940 Census comes to Ancestry.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Ancestry.com.
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Search householders’ forms from the 1911 Census of England to discover names, ages, addresses, marriage details, occupations, nationalities and more.
Reveal milestones in your ancestors’ lives and find facts that fill in blanks in their stories with more than 51 million new U.S. vital records indexed in 53 new collections.
Learn about important events in your Irish ancestors’ lives in millions of birth, marriage and death record indexes from the Emerald Isle.
View printed copies of more than 3 million voter registers that may contain names, ages, occupations, local residences, naturalization details and much more.
Search records for more than 3 million individuals who registered for the draft to discover profession, marital status, birthplace, congressional district and more.
Discover images and facts that can give you a richer picture of your military ancestors in the most comprehensive searchable collection of Civil War-era gravestones.
These 145,000 applications with 1.2 million records can give you a direct link to an ancestor who served the cause of freedom during the Revolutionary War Era.
This collection of 35,000 yearbooks and 7 million images from 1884 to 2009 takes you back to a time that will never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com have teamed up and involved thousands of volunteers in creating the largest free online resource for information on victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II. Explore the first four collections made searchable through this effort.
Passport applications contain a wealth of information such as names, dates, years of residence in the U.S., occupations and even physical characteristics.
View the 1910 U.S. Federal Census with clearer, crisper images and improved indexes, plus two new fields — mother’s and father’s birthplace — and millions of alternate names to help you locate hard-to-find relatives.
View and explore your Ancestry.com family tree and the historical records you’ve attached to the people in it on your iPhone or iPad with the new Ancestry.com App.
Now your Ancestry.com searches can give you helpful results from the rest of the web that you can view and even use to add new information to your family tree.
Now you can easily update your tree online from your desktop, your laptop, even your iPhone or iPad — then simply click to sync so your tree is always up to date, no matter where you or your loved ones access it next.