Help and How-To

Are Ancestry's Hints Hurting or Helping Your Genealogy Research

The Hints feature has long been a cornerstone of Ancestry's website and subscription service. If you've used their family tree for any length of time you are probably quite familiar with them. But, as powerful as this feature can be, it can also mislead the unwary researcher - causing confusion, incorrect assumptions and inaccurate trees.The Hints feature has long been a cornerstone of Ancestry's website and subscription service. If you've used their family tree for any length...

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Wouldn’t it be nice to see what's really on all those old family photo negatives or slides you've been carefully collecting and storing? If so, you might be ready to try out a negative scanner app (also known as a film scanner app). These free apps are designed to quickly scan old black and white and color film negatives and positive slides and turn them into digital photos.

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You Can Start a Genealogy Club in Your Area: Here's How

Collaborating with others is one of the most cherished aspects of genealogy. While it’s entirely possible to make great progress conducting your family history research completely on your own, working and sharing with like-minded folks can be both helpful and a whole lot of fun.

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4 Simple Steps to Help You Finally Decipher Old Family Photos

Hoping to figure out who is in an old family photo, what year it was taken or what the reason for the shot was? There is no doubt that discovering the who, when, where and why of family pictures is one of the most rewarding forms of genealogical sleuthing there is, but the job can seem nearly impossible. The good news is, there are some strategies that can help. If you've been lucky enough to get your...

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Sync and Download Ancestry Family Tree With RootsMagic

Many of us keep our trees on Ancestry, even if we don't always subscribe to their somewhat pricey record subscription service. Because Ancestry's online family tree is easy and free, it's a great alternative to paid programs. But backing up that tree, along with its attached records and other media, can be a major challenge - despite how important it is to do so.

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