Ancestry: Family History & DNA 4+

Genealogy, Ethnicity & Stories

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    • Offers In-App Purchases


Explore who and where you came from through photos, stories, historical records, and so much more— even your ethnicity and family communities if you’ve taken an AncestryDNA® test. And with just one relative’s name, you can start to discover your family history anytime, anywhere with Ancestry®, the top genealogy app*.

Why you’ll love to discover your family story using the Ancestry® app:
• View your family tree, search and add new family members, upload photos, and share stories - all with just a few taps
• With a free trial or paid subscription easily access more than 30 billion records, photos, and more
• The dynamic Discover feed lets you review, dismiss, and save your discoveries and hints for later
• Activate your AncestryDNA® kit and view your ethnicity results
• See your DNA matches and compare your results with them
• Learn even more about your family story when you combine your tree with your DNA results
• Preserve your history with your own personalized family tree
• Collaborate with friends and family - it couldn’t be easier
• Our modern layout design makes it even easier for you to explore
• Discover stories, photos, and records about your ancestors with Ancestry Hints®
• Personal traits. Add Traits to your DNA results to see how your genes could influence 35+ fitness, nutrient, sensory and appearance traits.

Free Features:
• Build a family tree
• Search the census records and access more than 1.1 billion free records
• Receive hints based on your tree
• Scan or upload your own family pictures
• Receive messages from Ancestry members
• See your ancestors' life stories on a map

Available with an optional free trial or subscription:
• View more than 30 billion records.
• Use Ancestry Hints® to learn about ancestors
• Find pictures of your family
• Discover new relatives
• Unrestricted messaging

iPhone and iPad Features:
• Curious about your family tree? Simply look up a relative's name, discover their story, and then share it with your loved ones
• Remember the high school years by finding yearbook photos to share with your close family and friends, all with just one quick tap
• Review your personalized hints
• Add photos, hints, or ancestor stories and watch your personalized family tree grow
• Watch Ancestry Academy Videos that get you started with genealogy research
• Easily upload or scan photos and add facts or stories to your family tree
• Learn about historical events that affected your ancestors’ lives.

Apple Watch Features:
• Get on-this-day alerts for events from your family history.

Download the Ancestry Family History & DNA app to start exploring your heritage and more, today!

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What’s New

Version 14.23.1

- Ancestry stories now support landscape photos in the story builder to make stories even better and allow the photos to shine
- The image editing tool kit now includes new ways to improve photos with color restoration and new image filters-
- There are more ways to interact with photos on Ancestry with new options to like and comment on photos that have been shared on Ancestry

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
283.5K Ratings

283.5K Ratings

Teal Bee ,

Navigation becoming complex

I can’t complain about the amazing range of relatives I’ve discovered going back centuries. But sometimes the hints I get are a little frustrating, because my tree will tell me that “Joseph Smith” is the father of “Sara Brown” while the hints show that Sara is the daughter of “David Jones.” And often it’s hard on the app to navigate your way back to the more remote branches of the tree.

That being said, if you’re lucky enough, as I am, to have two parents going back to pre-Revolutionary days (who happen to be light-complected), and suspect that your parents might be distant cousins, you can sometimes find out they are, and also discover Jewish nth-degree great-grandmothers; darker-complected cousins; pastors and poets and actors; Mary Queen of Scots; a slave overseer for Thomas Jefferson 😔; figures such as Robert E. Lee and Martha Washington; Irish criminals deported to the Americas; and an assortment of French Huguenots by way of the British Empire.
Your husband might have the DNA test confirm that yes, despite a Greek name and an immigrant from Germany, he is nearly half-Jewish and is attached to storied family fur-trading company owners from Kastoria in Greece who immigrated to the US via Germany.
And your children won’t have inherited the same percentages of genes as their siblings. Viva la difference!

Dee2R ,

Still Needs Work

There needs to be better synchronization between the online tree and the app. When I make a change or add new info on either, I expect to see it right away on the other. Generally, online you do, but the app lags. The app crashes too often. I hate that you cannot download documents from the app. I am a genealogist and I work between my laptop and tablet constantly. I need to be able to save docs from the app to my OneDrive or Dropbox. Also, if you choose a “potential ancestor”, the sources don’t come with it and you have to spend hours trying to find them all again. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!!! I also hate the search feature on this app. It doesn’t have enough flexibility and the results are too broad, and there’s no ability to delete outlier results. Every “hint” needs to have a Yes, No, Ignore option. It is frustrating to not be able to get rid of irrelevant or erroneous hints, not to mention all the redundant leaf’s from multiple searchers. If you search for a relative from Alabama, why show results of people from Maine? It would be awesome if there was an alert when entering a female ancestor and using the married name rather than the maiden, or using irrelevant titles in the last name or suffix fields. I don’t care if so and so was an Earl or someone else’s 10th grandpa DNA confirmed. It Boggs down the system. Also, why is ethnicity/race not an option on the profile page?

cyborgspacemonkey ,

No refunds for auto renewal

This information was apparently available and I believe that, but I also believe it is predatory to not make this explicitly clear. I am out $64 for an app I didn't like, and that's not because I'll have to figure out how to buy groceries this month because of that, it is the experience I've had with the product. I also realize that IS my fault, I agreed to something in which I apparently missed the clause about refunds.

But for a premium app in 2022, this really didn't impress me. Maybe I didn't give it enough time, but it felt limiting in what I could do. Perhaps it just wasn't intuitive, but I should have been able to find my great grandfather's "profile" and add him as a family member. I also couldn't figure out how to remove myself as the child of my step great grandfather which was frustrating and a tad upsetting - I'm not that man's daughter. I really hadn't looked at ancestry too much until now, heard about it for years though, and so with the policy I greatly disagree with as well as a dissatisfactory experience with the product, I don't recommend it personally. I believe it can be a great tool for those that are really dedicated, but I just find it too frustrating and unfulfilling to persisit with my own endevors.

Perhaps too it would be a much better experience with a DNA kit. I want to convey there may be a lot of reasons this seemed like a poor product to me that are just things I didn't do right.

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