Saturday, 10 December 2011 app available



New ‘ Mobile’ iOS app gives users access billions of historical records to build their family tree on-the-go, the UK’s favourite family history website, has announced the availability of its new mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, with features designed to enable more rewarding discoveries as users build, update and share their family trees.

The Ancestry Mobile app, which has been downloaded globally more than 1.7 million times, is now available for free from the Apple App Store.

This upgrade adds three new features:

* ‘In-app purchasing,’ which allows subscribers to view, then buy fascinating historical records about their ancestors – such as World War I Medal Index Cards, Census records, birth/marriage/death certificates and school yearbook photos, from among billions of historical documents in the collection

* A ‘Shaky Leaf’ hinting feature that employs predictive analytics to suggest possible new connections between a user’s family tree and undiscovered documents in the world’s largest online family history collection

* A new merge feature, which automatically identifies and extracts information about family members from historical records so users can quickly and easily update their family tree

For users new to, the latest iOS app provides an easy way to get started by giving access to relevant historical documents on the site without a subscription. For existing members, the new app enables them to grow their tree using records on the site and share them with others while on the go.

The mobile app offers many of the most popular features available in the online version of’s industry-leading family history website, including the ability to add and edit family information, view and share documents and photos, take and attach photos and create and navigate multi-generational family trees.

To get started, download the free mobile app to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and either register for a new, or log in to an existing account and choose a family tree. subscribers can download family history records in the app free of charge. Non-subscribers pay a special introductory price of between £0.69 – £1.49 for each record purchased through the app’s ‘in-app purchase’ feature. International Commerce & Business Development Director Angela Crouch comments: ‘Our goal with the new mobile app is to enable more people to discover their family history through our billions of historic records, and allow them to share their findings easily with others.

‘”Our ‘Shaky Leaf” hinting feature has resulted in tens of millions of successful family history discoveries online and it’s now accessible to our growing mobile user base.”


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I'd be more impressed if they made the programme run from a USB stick like RootsMagic does. That would be a lot more useful to most folks than a gizmo for the latest expensive mobile phone.