Friday, October 17, 2008

MyCanvas & additional yearbooks

Note from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Ancestry.com. Please address all inquiries to support@ancestry.com.

This week Ancestry.com has two exciting announcements. First, we’ve renamed our self-publishing tool—from AncestryPress to MyCanvas.

Second, we doubled the size of our yearbook collection.
The collection now contains more than 6,000 yearbooks ranging from 1902 to 2005. In conjunction with this yearbook release, we kicked off a yearbook scanning project. You can search the updated yearbook collection for free through the end of October at www.ancestry.com/yearbooks. You can also view the full list of recently added databases, extending back a couple of months, at http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/recent.aspx.


AncestryPress Is Now MyCanvas
AncestryPress--Ancestry's online self-publishing service--has a new name, MyCanvas, and a new website. You can check out the new site by clicking the "Print & Share" tab (formerly the "Publish" tab) on Ancestry.com. Customers who go to http://www.ancestrypress.com/ will automatically be forwarded to http://www.mycanvas.ancestry.com/.

While the site has a new look, the publishing program is virtually unchanged, except for a few additional features. You can still access your AncestryPress projects by going to the MyProjects page. As before, the publishing program is tightly integrated with Ancestry.com, allowing Ancestry members to automatically create family history books and family tree posters based on data, records and photos in their online trees. MyCanvas offers all of the products that were available in AncestryPress, plus a new custom cover photo book and an exclusive line of premium books for special occasions.

Premium family history books are available in an 11"x8.5" format with a velvet or nubuck cover. Premium photo books are available in two sizes--11"x8.5" or 8"x8"--and four cover types: velvet, nubuck, genuine leather or Japanese silk. Now through November 3, Ancestry members can save $50 on any premium book with this coupon code: MCPREM8.

Yearbook Scanning Project
Ancestry.com is compiling a nationwide collection of school yearbooks starting from the time yearbooks began. These yearbooks will be digitized and the resulting images will be made available on our websites. The main purpose of this program is to collect yearbooks and histories from institutions such as schools and libraries, however, individuals with collections are welcome to participate also. Learn more about this project at http://landing.ancestry.com/yearbook/submission.aspx.