It's easy to focus on the searches and the results when we're using Ancestry. However, there are some features of the site that you might be overlooking — features that can make your research more productive.
When you're looking at a specific record on Ancestry.com, you might have noticed a section of "Suggested Records." Here's what they are, how they got there, and whether or not you should listen to them.
Ancestry and FamilySearch — along with sites like FindMyPast and MyHeritage — have millions of records that we can use in our genealogy research. However, none of them are a source. Here's what I mean.
Finding your ancestor in the census is a great way to extend the family tree, but what do you do when you just know he should be there, but he isn't turning up in your searches? When that happens, it's time to stop searching and start browsing old school style. Here's how to browse the census by location in both Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Many genealogists have a love/hate relationship with Ancestry's hints. Those little shaky leaves can yield great clues, but like leaves in the fall, it can feel overwhelming when they start piling up. Here's how to manage those hints.