It’s been a day for mobile genealogy apps and press releases. Earlier today, Ancestry.com announced their new, free, Apple iPad genealogy app. While Ancestry.com has an updated app for non-iPad iOS devices (including iPhone and iPod touches), this represents a redesign and feature upgrade (down to to a new icon), and it is specific to the iPad.
It’s a big deal – tablets in the 7-inch – 9-inch range are going to be receiving a lot of attention this year, mainly iOS/iPad as well as tablets based on Google’s Android mobile OS. People are finding out you can do quite a bit with them, and they make a great way to take your genealogy with you. It’s great to have genealogy software and information on a phone, whether it’s an iPhone or an Android, but it’s not the best experience if you want to sit down and share it with someone. With the iPad’s 9-inch display, it’s definitely an interesting way to present and share genealogy information. If you are a heavy Ancestry.com user, and have an iPad, this new app is a must-have, because it does make the iPad a very useful tool. Pair it with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard, and you’ve almost replaced a laptop.
Ancestry.com’s New iPad App Lets Consumers Update and Share Family Trees, Old Photos and Records in Stunning Detail
Ancestry.com App Exploits iPad Form Factor and Features to Create a Deeper, Brighter, Smarter User Experience
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the availability of its new iPad app called Ancestry.
Built specifically to deliver a compelling tablet experience, the new Ancestry app brings to life on iPad’s large screen multi-generational family trees complete with images of original family records and photos, making iPad a powerful tool for users to display and share their trees with family and friends in an interactive, highly visual way.
A dynamic, intuitive user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple for users to record memories, edit vital information, document life events and organize photos, and also for use in conducting field research, collection, and documentation.
Introducing Ancestry.com onto this compelling platform takes the website one step closer to its mission of helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.
“Since I already use my iPhone to document my life, it’s natural to use it to document my family tree,” said Ancestry.com user Aaron Vaughn of San Francisco. “Being able to research and upload photos and information on-the-fly makes updating my Ancestry.com account a seamless part of my life. Now, with the new iPad app, I’ve got all the added benefits the larger format affords.”
Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com, comments: “The new Ancestry iPad app makes it fun and easy to explore and share your family history research by allowing you and your family to tap and swipe your way through your family tree, old photos and records.
“Ancestry.com is committed to leveraging the latest technology to make what we offer on our website easily accessible, simple and enjoyable to use for family history novices and experts alike, at their desks or in the field.”
The Ancestry.com app for iPad is now available for free at the iTunes App Store. A new version of the popular Ancestry.com iPhone app, which includes more features for navigating a family tree and viewing records already attached to a tree, is also available for free in the App Store.
To get started, just download the apps to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch(i), log in to your Ancestry.com account and choose a family tree.
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM – News) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.
If you are interested, this is the iPad download link through the iTunes store:
Ancestry App from Ancestry.com (iTunes)