Posted by Web Operations on September 8, 2011 in Australia, Member Connect

Millions of people research their family history on Ancestry and odds are that some of them are researching the same people as you. Member Connect is designed to help you learn about those members, share your discoveries together, and stay up to date on the research they are doing on your shared ancestors.

You’ll find elements of Member Connect throughout, including within your family tree, while viewing historical records, and in a list of recent research activity about your ancestors on your homepage.

Where you’ll notice Member Connect

1. Viewing Historical Records

When you find a historical record for one of your ancestors, you’ll also be able to see who else has saved the record or made comments or corrections to it.

2. Your Family Tree

If you have a family tree on, we’ll show you who else potentially has your ancestor in their public member tree. You can choose who you connect with, and when you connect you can compare the information in their tree with yours, contact the other member, update your tree with new discoveries, and be notified about new information they find about your shared ancestor.

3. Recent Activity Lists

On profile pages in your tree you’ll have a Recent Activity list showing all of the public research being done on that relates to your specific ancestor.

On your homepage, the Collaborate tab, and the Recent Member Connect Activity page you’ll find a full list of all of the site activity related to your ancestors, including activity around records you have saved, corrected, or commented on as well as activity from connections made in your family tree.  

You Choose How Much To Share

Member Connect brings you new content about your ancestors, but you decide what you want to add to your family tree. will never automatically save information from your network to your tree. You can also choose which of your research activities other members can see.

You can also connect with and our other members on our Facebook page.

Click here for more information on Member Connect.

1 Comment

  1. david sheppard

    I am particularly interested in this aspect of your website and your dealings with your members. I have reason to believe that the case you mention – ie someone else is tracing the same person – is relevant to my own research. It is a reason to cause me to sign up. Your inability to provide 1911 Census data has to the present held me in check. At present I access most of my info via our local library.
    dave Sheppard

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