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How do I hide leaf hints on my Ancestry family tree?

The selector you're using (.iconLeafImageSize1.iconLeafImage.icon) is definitely still the one they use on ancestry's site. I'm not sure why the filter that was working previously in AdblockPro is no ...
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Does Ancestry.com have a developer API?

The Ancestry blog posting "External APIs: To Explode, or Not to Explode, That is the Question" in 2014 says that there is an external API: Ancestry.com (the bastion of family history) has an ...
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How to incorporate large amounts of data from Ancestry.com

Fortunately it is not possible to incorporate large amounts of data from someone else's tree on Ancestry.com without going through it individual by individual. This slows – but far from eliminates – ...
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Does Ancestry.com have a developer API?

Yes, Ancestry has an API. No, it is not public. Ancestry so far is making it available to only a select few. On December 9, 2015, Ancestry stated that they are "exploring possible relationships ...
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Understanding Ancestry DNA results for second cousins?

You're definitely on the right track in terms of possible relationships (cross referencing the cM counts you gave with the ones http://thegeneticgenealogist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Shared-cM-...
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If my Ancestry subscription lapses will my links to premium data still be valid?

Since this question was originally asked, Ancestry has not changed the policy quoted in Gene Golovchinsky's answer. Your tree remains intact, including the links to the content you've attached to your ...
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How to incorporate large amounts of data from Ancestry.com

To complement the previous answer -- sites do exist where people have shared their GEDCOM files for download. Here are some things to consider if you could download the entire tree. 'Best practice' ...
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How to get an elderly person to provide saliva sample for DNA?

I had my 93 year old uncle take a test after he agreed to do it. I did not feel comfortable asking him to do it, or for me to attempt to administer it. My uncle was at a nursing home. I asked one ...
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Adding second set of parents in an online tree at Ancestry?

Go to edit person below their name. Go to Relationships. Click on "Add Alternative Parent".
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How long do results typically take for AncestryDNA test?

Each entities lab's time are different and it also depends on what test you perform. This is due to them queuing up tests into large scale batches to use shared labs since many do not have their own ...
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Washington County, Ohio in the 1810 Census

Ancestry.com's about the database article for the 1810 United States Federal Census asserts: Partial losses included Illinois Territory, which had only two counties (Randolph is extant, St. Clair ...
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How does one search a very specific source on Ancestry.com?

Go to the Card Catalog and search by collection title or keyword, to locate a specific record set. Clicking on the title UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 will bring you to a dedicated search ...
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Predicted percentages of shared DNA for DNA tests of half-siblings?

The ISOGG Wiki's article on Autosomal DNA statistics explains the concepts in the previous answer in much more detail -- and includes links to the AncestryDNA white paper that explains Ancestry's ...
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Can Ancestry.com DNA matches be wrong

Errors of this magnitude are possible but very very rare. I'm sorry I don't have the documentation but there was discussion on at least one of the lists/groups for genetic genealogy about a case ...
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Exporting my tree from Ancestry without latest version of Family Tree Maker

You can export your tree as a GEDCOM file. In Ancestry click "Family Trees", then choose "Manage tree" for the appropriate tree. This takes you to the "Tree Settings" page. Scroll down to the bottom ...
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Viewing Family Group Sheet using Ancestry.com?

In April 2016, as far as I am aware, the Family Group Sheet view has not been reinstated on the New Ancestry. However, you can access a Family Group Sheet as before by using the following URL ...
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Handling theories in Genealogy Software?

I maintain a Word document (over 260 pages now) that lists all of the events (births, deaths, marriages, etc.) of my direct ancestors in chronological order. As part of that document, I include all of ...
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Is a half-sibling match on AncestryDNA reliable, or is more testing needed?

The result should be reliable in that it shows a close relationship. As shown on the Autosomal DNA statistics page on the ISOGG Wiki, the relationship is almost certainly one of these: one of you is ...
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Unknown 1st cousin match who shares matches with both grandparents

You're starting off with a doozy of a match. Yep, something's going on here. Let's start with the shared cM project. Looking at the total cM match only, your possibilities for a 1,193 cM match ...
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Should I record a Census as a Census or a Residence?

IT'S VERY EASY TO CHANGE RESIDENCE TO CENSUS I agree that Residence should be used when something other than a census places the person at a particular place at a particular time - directories, ...
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Should I record a Census as a Census or a Residence?

My preference is to list a census event as a census and not as a residence. One of the reasons I was prompted to make that decision is that early in my research, I collected several census records ...
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Recovering family tree data from Banner Blue genealogy file?

It is possible that the GenBridge technology, developed by WhollyGenes - the maker of The Master Genealogist can read those files. The reason why I believe so is that Wholly Genes developed GenBridge ...
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Searching through family tree on Ancestry.com by LOCATION?

My understanding is that such a feature does not currently exist in Ancestry.com. Every time I am asked to complete a customer feedback survey from Ancestry.com this is at the top of my list of new ...
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Downloading images from Ancestry trees?

In response to the comment about there being no third party app to download the Media (pictures and stories). Now there is a Chrome extension. Not an amazing one, but at least something. It uses ...
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How does one search a very specific source on Ancestry.com?

Part of the problem with using Ancestry or the other big data vendors is that they group different sets of records under "umbrella" titles that don't correspond to the titles used by the repositories ...
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Is a half-sibling match on AncestryDNA reliable, or is more testing needed?

Just a note that you should not automatically jump to the conclusion that you and your probably-half-sibling must share a father instead of a mother; young unmarried pregnant women were often ...
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Making corrections to Ancestry assumed counties attributions which are incorrect?

I suspect you are referring mainly to the GRO indexes for England & Wales. If so, the wrong county attributions have been there for years, probably close to a decade, and no attempts been made to ...
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