Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ancestry announces WE'RE RELATED app

This website just went live today at Noon Mountain time (US) with both an iOS and Droid app. I am downloading the new app on my iPhone and haven't explored it yet. Thanks the following information from Mathew Deighton, our contact at Ancestry, we know a little bit more:

"We are continually looking for ways to make your family history better, but this time it’s your descendants that we want to help you with. One of the main times that people become interested in family history is when the keeper of the stories in the family has passed. By then so much has been lost. It breaks out hearts when we hear about a family member throwing away boxes of photos, a family bible and other historical records because they think no one else is interested.

Go to on your phone to download the app now. It will be available for everyone else in the app store tomorrow.

The new We’re Related app is aimed at getting the next generation involved. The App will help your family members to discover what friends or famous people they may be related to! With about 2000 celebrities in the database, you’ll quickly begin seeing what celebrities you’re connected to.

As family historians, sharing our discoveries with family can be difficult. Now as the next generation downloads the app, they will start connecting with famous people and the app will show you how you are connected. It’s at this time that you can share who these people are and what you’ve learned about them.

Main Points:
·         Don’t need an Ancestry account to sign up
·         You will use your Facebook account to sign up, thus allowing anyone to use the app
·         It will use your Facebook relationships to find you in the Ancestry system and allow you to connect with celebrities and friends
·         If you don’t have a tree, you can start one or ask a family member to get it started for you
·         Use the “Nearby” tool to see who is related to you within 500 ft. They must have the functionality on as well
·         Share your new connections through social media

This is not a standalone research tool, but a fun and light-hearted way to get your family engaged in your family history work."
 Happy family tree climbing!
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