- Member Connect features in the record viewer (being implemented at press time) let you comment on records as well as see what others had to say, who saved the record to an Ancestry.com family tree or shoebox, and whos listed related surnames or places in his member profile. A click takes you to the persons family tree or lets you contact him through the site.
- Expert Connect lets you search profiles of genealogy service providers to find people who can do anything from a simple record lookup to custom research (experts signing on for custom research must fulfill several qualifications). Providers bid on your project; Ancestry.com handles the contract and gets a cut of the fee.
Other Ancestry.com properties include Family Tree Maker software, Genealogy.com, MyFamily.com, RootsWeb, MyCanvas and several international genealogy Web sites. Heres a timeline of Ancestry.coms name changes:
- 1983: Ancestry Publishing
- 1997: Ancestry.com
- 1999: MyFamily.com
- 2006: The Generations Network
- 2009: Ancestry.com
From the November 2009 Family Tree Magazine