Ancestry is an engineering and technology harnessing family history and consumer genomics by combining billions of rich historical records, family trees, samples from almost 10 million people in the AncestryDNA database providing people with a deep meaningful insight about who they are and where they come from.
Ancestry helps to trace a person’s family story with a family tree and story which leads you to your family’s history. Its most valuable record collections include around 11 billion searchable records, 160 million photos, documents and written stories and 50 million family trees.
Besides the extensive number of records, family tree names, and other resources, Ancestry also features seamless integration between Ancestry and Family Search helping you more effectively in finding your ancestors.
Ancestry Account Sign Up
Visit the link – Click Here, on FamilySearch to sign up for free for the Ancestry account. You can convert an account if you already have to an LDS account allowing you to access unique features and integration tools of FamilySearch which can be accessed and are available only through a partnership account. However, the account does not include other Ancestry sites like Fold3 or services like Ancestry DNA.
The free Ancestry subscription gives access to billions of historical records, including the census, immigration, church, marriage, military birth, and death records. The subscription also gives access to city directories, probates, naturalizations, and numerous other records which may not be available anywhere else. The Ancestry’s powerful search tool allows flexibility in finding information about the ancestors and provides collections with hints and other possible matches about individuals on the family tree.
There is also an active Ancestry Support Community which allows to post and answer questions to help with research and in exploring Ancestry’s comprehensive collection of articles, blogs, and other information. The blog also features the latest news, tips, and developments in genealogy research. You can begin with the Getting Started Section which provides with instructions and useful hints for the people who are new to the site.
The Ancestry Academy is also a part of the Ancestry providing with short videos and courses on family history topics, which are free, but videos created by the country’s leading genealogical experts are available only on a paid subscription.
Ancestry and Family Search Integration
The best feature of Ancestry includes its interaction with the FamilySearch. The records and communication usually move back and forth between the two sites and the information get weaved together which can be viewed on either website by logging in. Below are a few ways where the Ancestry and FamilySearch together work well.
Importing FamilySearch Tree
The most usual and basic way of transferring the intended family tree information between two programs has to be created and then imported to a GEDCOM which is a file universally recognized to be used across the entire family history software apart from Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Ancestry has made importing a family tree very much easier by allowing import of up to $ generations of FamilySearch family tree directly into Ancestry. To do it:
- Choose Trees from the navigation bar.
- Select Import Tree from Family Search.
- Visit the profile screen of the imported individual. In the upper right corner, click the Family Search icon.
- From the displaying options, select Add relatives from FamilySearch. By doing so, Ancestry allows you to add immediate family members or an additional 4 generations to the end of the line. By this method, the family tree in Ancestry can be continuously expanded.
Ancestry also provides with a feature to sync information between the Ancestry Family tree and the FamilySearch family tree. The advantage of such import is that all the people of the tree get automatically linked, if not you can choose to connect the people individually. In order to do so:
- On your profile screen, click on the FamilySearch icon. Ancestry will search for possible matches and display them for you from your FamilySearch.
- If it seems to you that you found a match between an individual, click on ConnectPerson. After getting connected, if you make any changes about that person in one program, it applies the same to that person in the other program.
Sharing Sources –
After importing family tree, Ancestry will search automatically in its records for additional information about the people on your tree. It also sends alerts will all possible matches on the display with a small leaf, representing your ancestor. To look into and verify the information, click on the person icon and then choose Ancestry Hints which displays the number of ancestors which may be related, and you may choose a possible match intended to examine.
The Ancestry makes an in-detail comparison of the information in the record with the information in the tree. There is an option to add any information to the tree and attach records as well. Any person connected to a particular FamilySearch account can view other information and his information will be added as well. There is no requirement to save or download the document to upload it to FamilySearch family tree, rather it can be done directly.
A few issues arise while trying to login to an Ancestry in FTM 2017, which seems to be occurring mostly to the Mac users. If you are a Mac user and experiencing the same issue, then below are a few troubleshooting steps.
- Make sure any issues with connectivity have been looked at by going through the steps in ‘Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues in FTM 2017 for Mac’ –
- Change the Ancestry password temporarily and try to log in.
- Follow the ‘Resetting Program Settings to Default in FTM 2017 for Mac’ steps –
However, these issues are not frequently occurring to the Windows users. But being a Windows user, if you are experiencing such log in issues, then –
- Make sure that the possible connectivity issues are addressed by following the steps in ‘Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues in FTM 2017 for Windows’ –
- Otherwise, change the Ancestry password temporarily and try to log in.
- Despite following everything given above, if you are still experiencing troubles with logging in, – use this link for a live chat for assistance from an agent directly.