Posted by Web Operations on September 6, 2013 in Ancestry App

We’re excited to introduce Shoebox from Ancestry – a mobile scanner that allows you to upload photos directly to your family tree on There has never been a simpler, faster, and more beautiful way to scan your old photos.

Shoebox puts a powerful photo-scanner in your pocket. Just take a picture of an old paper photo with your iPhone or Android camera, and our edge detection and perspective-correction technology will make sure that your scans turn out beautifully.


What You’ll Find on ShoeBox 3.0 login

You can now use your credentials to log into Shoebox. You can also sign up for a free account through the app.

Tag family members

Our face detection tells you when it spots a person so you can tag them in your photo. Tag people in your family trees and your photos will automatically upload to

Simpler, faster, and more beautiful

We’ve totally overhauled our design to make it cleaner and more intuitive. We’ve made your photos larger and faster than ever.


The Shoebox app is available for download on iTunes and the Android Market. You can scan an unlimited amount of photos and it’s totally free!


  1. alecia christy

    It is almost one year since I was given membership to after personally doing my family tree over many years.
    I spent many hours entering my family information into the Ancestry “service”. However when I started to try and search this “service” I found it was almost non existant. I do not believe I have accessed one single record which I was searching for. My daughter discussed before purchase of the gift my interest in India Records in particular, yet after commencement date and much frustration I was told by that they do not have access to the India Records, (which which I have sighted when I travelled to the UK). As such I frankly feel that not only was I “conned” but that I was “robbed” in that I have provided for free to a good number of these records and photos from my personal research from the preceding 30 years. I feel that my daughters’ gift was also a ‘robbery’ from them in that they paid a lot to for nothing.
    I would regard the getting of this APP as no more than the further theft of my family records by an organization I was ever so interested in , and misguidedly trusted. All complaints/requests I made have resulted in zero response until an honest person in the organization told me that India records were not available through this “service”. Sorry “ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY” Alecia

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