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  • Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour
    A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers.   This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More

  • The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018
    The year’s end is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two of Ancestry’s professional genealogists recently shared the pet Read More

  • RootsWeb Security Update
    Update: RootsWeb updates can be found on RootsWeb homepage. We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a RootsWeb.com Read More

  • Sharing Genealogy Costs with Family Members Helps Spread the Wealth
    Maybe you have thought about hiring a professional genealogist to help tackle a nagging research question or build out your family tree, but the cost has kept you from moving forward. You’re not alone. Just like hiring an expert in any field, accessing the experience and knowledge of a trained genealogist can be expensive. If Read More

  • Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost
    Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More