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New Image Viewer Enhancements at

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Whitney McGowan, recently made an enhancement to its image viewer, allowing for better resolution on newspaper images. The primary new feature allows users to view images at up to 200 percent, whereas before they could view images only up to 100 percent.

Additional image viewer enhancements include the following:

1. Print Zoomed Image: Print the view on your screen when you have zoomed in on an image.

2. Full Image: Print the full image.

3. Save Image: Users can save images to their computer, and return to them another time.

4. Share Image: Share images with your friends and family members.

If you want to try out the new viewer, please visit the links below:

Click here to browse all newspaper and periodical databases at has a large and growing newspaper collection. Look for announcements about major newspaper acquisitions that will soon be online at!

Introducing Family Stream on We’re Related

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

We’re Related on Facebook users may have noticed a simplified user interface with a new, “Family Stream” button . Family Stream is located on the top left hand side of your We’re Related toolbar, next to the Find Relatives feature.

What is Family Stream?

Family Stream allows you to quickly send messages to your family. First, click on the Family Stream button. Once you do, you will see a box that says, What’s Happening? Share with your whole family. All you need to do is type a message that you want to send to your family and click, Share. As soon as you click on that button, your family can immediately see your message. You don’t even need to refresh your page.

Using Family Stream you can also share links with your family. This button is titled Add Link. Once you click on these words, another box will open up that Know a good site? Share with your whole family. Simply type in the url you wish to share with your family members and click, Share.

Who will see the messages and links I post?

The only people who will see the messages and links you post are the individuals whom you have invited as your relatives. The messages and posts will not be uploaded to your regular Facebook profile. Thus, if you want to share a something with just your family, you can easily do it using Family Stream.

New Feature at Searching by Date Field

Friday, March 13th, 2009 recently added a new feature that allows individuals to search by date field. This feature is listed on all advanced search boxes, as well as the search box listed on the home page of and is titled: year. This box is located directly under the Place search box and to the left of the Matching Type box.

How does it work?
This feature is easy to use. Simply type in any date that was an important date pertaining to the individual for whom you are searching. For example, it could be a birth date, death date, marriage date, etc. Suppose I was searching for an individual with the surname Brandon who died in 1920. I would type, Brandon into the Family Name search box and 2006 in the Year search box and click Search. 701 matches in 32 databases for Brandon (1920) appear on the screen. I would then need to browse through the databases for the information I needed.

For what databases can I use the Search by Date/Year feature?
This new search feature enhances date searching a great deal for the data sets at that include date fields. Some databases, such as newspapers, do not included date fields, and will not necessarily return results for that year (unless the rest of the information you type matches and will bring up results).

New Feature: Search By Database Title at

Monday, February 9th, 2009

This week, has added a new search feature to the site. Now, you can search by database title.

Here is how it works:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Search (located at the top of the homepage, next to the buttons labeled Record Types and Newsletter.
  3. Click on Search by Database Title
  4. Type in the title of the database you would like to search, or type in a word that the title contains that you would like to search.

Why is searching by database title important?

This new feature is important for a number of reasons. First, each week at we announce the titles of the upcoming databases, as well as the titles of the databases included in the major collection for the week. If there is a title you are interested in, simply copy and paste the name into the database title search box. This allows you to easily and quickly locate the database.

Using the Search by Database Title feature makes searching for popular databases such as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), UK census records, and Everton’s Genealogical Helper even easier.

Don’t forget, you can also Browse By Place, View All Databases at, Browse by Popular Collection, or use the Advanced Search.

New Site Design Streamlines Search, Brings More Subscribers

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Users benefit from improved search and browsing functionality, expanded collections, user feedback feature, and increased value 

PROVO, UT, November 11, 2008 — Finding ancestors recently became easier at The site has launched a new site design with improved search and browsing functionality, expanded collections, added user feedback feature, and increased value to users.

“Finding an ancestor within a collection that includes 1.2 billion names across more than 11,000 databases can at times feel like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s not the experience wants for its guests and customers, which is why we have given a facelift,” said Jim Ericson, VP Marketing,, Inc.

One of the major changes to the site is a new user interface, which allows individuals to access and navigate the site easier and faster. For example, with the old site, a search for content in Italy would mean searching individually through each Italian database to find results. Now, with one click, users can search all the Italian databases on the site. Another new feature is that individuals can now select the type of record they would like to search, with choices ranging from census records to family trees to marriage, birth, and death records.

The View All Databases link has also been improved. In the past, when users clicked this link, they would get an alphabetical list of the titles of thousands of databases. Users would have to know the title of the database to locate their ancestors. Now, when users click on the View All Databases link, they are able to easily select the record type they would like to view, in the place or location where they believe their ancestors’ records may be located.

These site changes also come as the company is getting ready to launch several new, premier collections to, which include the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI), the Brenner Collection of more than 4.5 million German vital records, the largest collection of international newspapers, and other key international collections. Meanwhile continues to negotiate contracts for other notable collections from premier publishers, societies, and organizations.

The prices of annual subscriptions to have also been reduced by 20 percent to address the increased financial pressures facing many genealogists. An annual subscription to unlimited site access to more than 1.2 billion names now costs an effective monthly rate of only $9.95.

“Tough economic conditions shouldn’t prevent devoted genealogists from tracing their family trees and discovering their roots online,” explained Ericson.

“These major enhancements, along with all the upcoming content additions, have already started to have an impact. The rate of people signing up for the site has doubled, which will benefit our users, as well as our content partners, and affiliates,” said Paul Allen, CEO, wants to be as responsive to its customers as possible. To aid in this goal, has added several new feedback features. Users can now provide feedback on the site, vote on the features they want the most, and view improvements that are currently in process. If they choose, they can also be notified when errors have been fixed, or when new features have been added to the site. The url to provide this feedback is

Users can also communicate to the content they want indexed as well. Using new content request features on the site, individuals can specify the type of content they want, and the countries in which they are the most interested. The url to provide this feedback on content is

“This is a great tool that allows the community to tell us what they want, rather than us deciding what is most important. Users will now determine the type of content we go after and scan. It’s a very organized system that puts our users in charge,” Allen said.


Media Contact
Whitney Ransom McGowan
Corporate Communications Director, Inc.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,,, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families., Inc. has more than 3.4 million unique global visitors each month and 27.3 million page views per month. has more than 1.2 billion names in 11,000 databases. New content is also added every business day. We’re Related is one of the fastest growing social networks for genealogists. We’re Related is a family-based application on that allows individuals to find relatives on Facebook, connect with friends and family members, build family trees, and share news and photos. My Family is a great way for people to express themselves and to share interesting characteristics about their family with those they connect with on social platforms.

New and Improved Image Viewer on

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

One of the major requests we receive from users is to improve the image viewer on The purpose of the viewer is to display images from our databases. These images come primarily from newspapers, but also from additional images from documents and books. We have been listening to your feedback and are excited to announce that we have launched some enhancements to the viewer.

Here are some of the improved features:

1. Display of images. The width of the images has been fixed so they do not display off the screen. Improved zoom feature.

2. Enhanced zoom features allow the viewer to see the specific part of the image they want to view.

3. The new image viewer is based on Adobe flash/flex technology, which will eliminate java errors and many compatibility problems.

4. Improved printing. In the past, the image viewer would print the entire image. Now, individuals have the option of printing the entire image, or simply the current viewable section of the image.

Click here to see and try out the new image viewer.

These changes have improved the interface, as well as performance of the image viewer. Check out the new image viewer today. This is just phase one–many more enhancements are coming soon!

Happy Viewing!! Makes 5 Big Site Improvements To Improve User Experience

Thursday, March 6th, 2008 wants to provide a great experience to its users every time they visit the site. Recently made five big site improvements.The majority of these changes have come from feedback from members at and other users of the site. Overall these recent updates have made the site easier to understand, easier to find data, and now provides search results ten times faster than before!

Here are the new improvements:

1. Offers to Members: One of the biggest changes has made recently is that the site is now more dynamic. In the past individuals who signed up for a membership would still receive new membership offers. Now, once individuals sign up for a membership they will no longer receive new offers to sign up and can spend their time searching for their ancestors.

2. International/US Icons: recently added icons that are located next to every database to show whether the content is U.S. or International. This change has made it easier for individuals to quickly see to which collection each database belongs.

3. Browsing: Browsing databases is much easier now with the new changes has implemented. Now individuals can browse by region, country, state, or collection.

4. Increased Search Speed: Search results are ten times faster now than they used to be at Individuals should be able to easily recognize this improvement and now perform more searches in the same amount of time.

5. Simplified Header: The header on each page has been simplified to improve the user experience. The header size has also been decreased to allow for the content to be displayed higher on the page.

If you have feedback on how to improve the user experience, please send it to

New Functionality at More Accurate Searches and Faster Search Results

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 recently made several important functionality and performance improvements. First, is now doing name proximity in all of its full text databases. This means that individuals who perform searches at will now receive fewer results than they received before, however, the results will be much more accurate. This may come as a surprise to individuals who received thousands of hits on a particular name, and now they are only receiving hundreds. However, these hundreds of results will be much more accurate than the thousands of results they received previously.

For example, if one searched for “Dale Johnson” before, he might find a newspaper article that talks about “Dale Brown” and “Steve Johnson” but the page would come up as a possible match. Now, individuals will only find pages that have “Dale” and “Johnson” in close proximity to each other (in the same row, or adjacent rows).

Additional improvements: has also worked on its functionality to provide a more consistent search speed, even with more complex queries. In the past, some queries at performed faster than others. Now, all of the queries should provide results at a more constant speed. This search speed is more than ten times faster than it was before.

Further, now has a dynamic counter on its site (located in the top left hand corner on the home page) that shows the number of names or records, as well as the total number of databases that are currently online.,, and We’re Related (on have faster speeds because of the additional high speed database servers has purchased and put into service. and We’re Related have also implemented Amazon’s Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Solution (S3) computing resources to provide rapid expansion to handle peak traffic flows. This means that is the first to implement these leading-edge performance enhancements in the genealogy space. is pleased to bring its users these improved functionalities and will continue to work to provide its users with the most accurate search results available in the fastest amount of time.