Ancestry for Pc

  • Category: Reference
  • Last Updated: 2018-10-15
  • Current version: 9.17
  • File size: 159.49 MB
  • Developer:
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Ancestry on your Windows PC

Download Ancestry for Windows: Ancestry is an Reference App, developed by The Reference App was officially released 2010-01-19. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers -, with the latest current version being 9.17 which was officially released on 2018-10-15. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 71,307 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4 out of a possible 5.

Using Ancestry on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Ancestry on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Ancestry for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Ancestry in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Ancestry application icon. A window of Ancestry will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Ancestry icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Ancestry

Developer Description

Discover where you came from through photos, stories, historical documents, and so much more. With the Ancestry app you can explore your family stories anytime, anywhere. • Discover stories, photos, and records about your ancestors with Ancestry Hints™ • Explore billions of historical photos and records • Preserve and share your history with a family tree • Share and collaborate with friends and family • Get notified of new hints and comments Apple Watch Features: • Receive new hint notifications with photo previews. • Save and ignore photo hints right from your Apple Watch. • Keep up with comments and add your own with voice dictation. • Get on-this-day alerts for events from your family history. iPhone and iPad Features: • Ancestry Hints™ automatically find records, photos, and stories about your family • In just a few taps create, edit, and see your family tree • Access more than 14 billion historical records, photos, and more • Sync automatically with your account • Easily upload photos and add facts or stories to your family tree • Add family members to your tree from Facebook • Learn about historical events that affected your ancestors • Explore your ethnic origins with AncestryDNA Start your journey by choosing a subscription: U.S. Discovery Membership: $19.99 per month World Explorer Membership: $34.99 per month Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew function is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the subscription period. View our Terms and Conditions at View our privacy policy at

App Reviews

  • Very interesting

    By Contessarae
    Our family really loves this app. It’s fun and exiting finding new facts about your family. It’s incredible to see my grandmothers name on old census records. We have found lots of distant family. It was fun joking to my cousin how now we don’t have wonder if we were adopted LOL. Sometimes you can truly feel like ‘how the heck can I be related to some of the nuts in my family tree.’ Well the proof is in the pudding, there’s no denying it. One word of caution, be very careful when confirming facts LOL. Knowing that a specific member in my tree, 3 generations back was really the milk mans son, I confirmed too hastily the mom’s husband and messed up the tree starting from him back. But it’s great fun. Family secrets come alive right before your eyes. A friend found a brother she didn’t know she had because her daddy had an affair many decades back but they became close family and she attended his wedding. So see, there can be some happy endings if you are brave enough, muaaahahahaha! In our family we have a streak of white hair right in the front, which is pretty dramatic and we found a distant cousin, whom the resemblance between her and I was like WOW! So if you suspect stuff about your Kin and you are mentally prepared for the knowledge hidden within, spit in a cup, and just wait and see. Cuz you just never know, you could be related to me! Muahahahahaha! “JUST DO IT!”
  • Horrible SEARCH results

    By Butcher1928
    Do they purposely make searching a complete clusterf**k? Countless examples of ridiculous search results including MY marriage information shows up under my brother’s name but not mine, and why when I enter Joe Blow b. in 1886 and do a search, do I get ZERO hits with the slider all the way to the right even though I got his name and birth year from a search result one minute ago as someone else’s husband? Then slide the bar to the left and no results at all until you get to the far left....AND THEN THERE ARE 15 MILLION results! Still using the App in spite of the almost useless search feature because of so much time invested in it and limited other App choices but hopefully they will fix it and then the App would be solid. Also, they need to add a “Add As A New Person” button to the search results and to the Tree interface. As it is now you have to add a new person to a random person in your tree and then delete the relationship; very stupid. And heaven forbid you want to manually attach someone’s relative to them because when you type in the first name, every person in your tree with that first name is suggested but when you move to the surname field, it doesn’t remember the first name and shows you everyone with that surname; very stupid. Many other stupid features but I’ll have to come back later.
  • Updates not helpful and make things worse!

    By Paleo Schnauzer
    Not removing previous review except to add that on an iPad the entire top half of the screen is wasted dead space. Which was in the previous version. I do not understand why they are making it harder and harder to use. I only use the app on my phone to delete the irrelevant indexed hints to get them out of the way and to delete the 4,000,000 blurry sailing ships, country flags and insipid cutesy Cupids and drawings of pilgrims. Granted those annoyances are user uploads and not ancestry programmer’s doing but the changes take the phone app from bad to impossible to see. They may want to consider that people who use these apps are primarily baby boomers with reading specs. I've removed previous reviews. The newest update makes any editing a tedious confusing and frustrating process. To simply correct a mispelled city take countless taps and hunting for where to fix. This app gets worse and worse. This whole "story" thing is so useless. Some people do not want to combine their facts into a timeline story. I find it very annoying. The latest version results in a screen where on a profile the top 2/3 is BLANK - and the three previous views of timeline, sources and gallery are now itty bitty impossible to read columns side by side at the bottom. I used to use this app extensively and now it's rendered useless.
  • Handy when your in a pinch

    By T.K. Dude
    It’s a decent app, not always the friendliest to maneuver through. Always make sure to double the information you can’t just add people cause there’s a hint. And just because you use this system does not make you a full fledged genealogist, always make sure to check and cite your sources, and make the effort to do some leg work and go to county clerks offices and registries and get actual copies of some documents it feels amazing and is so much more fun to physically go through these old documents! My great aunt has been working on our families genealogy since 1955 and has gone to England, Germany and all over the U.S. gathering information. I’ve been helping her for 6 years now and we have over 11, 3 inch binders of amazing family history and it’s so much more rewarding to have the physical information! Also if anyone is looking for a good computer program for genealogy that doesn’t require internet to look at your info Personal Ancestry File its a great program that lets you upload to Ancestry. It’s very old and what most would consider outdated but you can find conversions for Mac and all sorts of other operations systems and you don’t have to be Mormon to use it thankfully lol!
  • Unlocking My Past

    By cmsmyer
    Ancestry has been a joy to explore. I first started my tree several years ago, but had suspended my membership for lack of time to devote to the project. Earlier this year I decided to explore my genetic history through AncestryDNA, so wanted to continue my tree as well. I’ve been thrilled with the enhancements the site has made in the intervening years. It’s been even easier to connect the family dots through the system of ‘hints’ provided by the app. Each time I feel I’ve begun to hit a wall, a new hint is revealed that keeps me going. I’m also pleased with how the genetic app is enhancing my search. I have barely begun to explore the many connections that submitting my DNA revealed. As just a beginning, I can engage any person who is 4th cousin or closer - and who chooses to keep their connection open as well. What I’m most looking forward to is searching for all those Scandinavian relations that make up a full third of my DNA. I had no idea there was any measurable Norse blood in my past! I really am pleased with Ancestry, and AncestryDNA, and have only scratched the surface of the app’s many features and my past.
  • Found Tons of information& Even my birth Father

    By BrndaM
    It’s the best gift, I received in my life. For my 62 Birthday my son purchased me a kit. While I waited for my results, I began creating my tree. The app was easier to use than it looks and it took no time at all to master navigating my tree. Then the results arrived and wow it was unbelievable. I never knew my birth/biological father so it was interesting seeing possible relatives. But I didn’t have the nerve to contact them, so I stuck to my mom’s tree & adopted father, then tackled my husbands side exploring leaves. Then one day I had a message in my mailbox and it a matter of minutes I had my first contact with a Second Cousin .... that contact confirmed we’re relatives and although my birth father is deceased, I have Aunts, Uncles, sisters & brothers and of course tons of cousin to reach out to! Perhaps I’m one of the lucky few that find relatives, for that I’m thankful for AncestryDNA. It’s a great app and became a new hobby for a recently retired grandma. With the help of AncestryDNA we may have just figured out my next “Heritage” vacation spot.
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

    By Lorieann77
    I got bit by the ancestry bug in 2009 before I became a member. What started this for me was learning all I could about my great grandfather (my moms dads father.). Great grandpa left the home when my grandpa was three years old no one knew too much about him. Before becoming a member I was able to locate the him and within three weeks I actually drove to a rural cemetery and found his grave!! I was also able to find history. A few years ago I joined Ancestry as a full member and absolutely love it! My family tree, maternal and paternal, goes back for some to the 1500s. Two years ago I did the AncestryDNA (the reports were just updated recently as well!) I can attest to the fact they are accurate because I know where a lot of my family came from and the DNA members it matched me to are relatives, some I know (but didn’t realize they were members.) Totally fascinating and soul fulfilling to know where my people came from know what blood runs through my veins. Rock on Ancestry! I’m hooked ❤️👍🏽
  • Amazing resources at your fingertips

    By Jim Dexheimer
    When your family history research becomes so complex that you can no longer remember everything, this continuously improved app gives you complete access to an amazing range of details. In spite of my frustration that Ancestry has taken away some resources that were formerly available without additional fees, their software both on a desktop and mobile devices make the annual cost a great bargain. More than just the basic family relationships and personal data, I appreciate access to primary sources such as census records. I upload hundreds of digital photos and this app makes it easy to access these historic images. And as I travel, I always have access to the most recent discoveries I’ve made about my family. If you have an interest in your personal history, this app can keep your interest vital and enjoyable.
  • Overall good

    By Brett101010
    Overall this is a great app, which are used extensively. They’ve improved quite a few things over the past few years. As of this writing, there are still a few glitches: The titles of attached photos often disappear when they are attached to multiple individuals (which for the time being is why I always duplicate the photo title in the description portion in case that happens). It is quite frustrating that you cannot delete records on the app like you can on a laptop. For some reason, some marriage records create duplicate marriage events, even when the people you are attaching it to are already linked as married, and even win their names are exactly as on the new marriage record. This is incredibly frustrating and happens often. Perhaps most frustrating is what seems to be a recent glitch where all of a sudden the supporting records and attachments for an event are no longer attached to that event, and sometimes even the date and location disappear. I have found when that happens if I reattach the records, it will go back to the way it was originally with that information where it belongs. If you delete a person, sometimes the person remains. I have found this is usually fixed when deleting someone else from that family or when logging out and logging back in.
  • I found family on the other side of the globe

    By alekout
    This test brought me to relatives I never knew existed and opened up stories I never knew about my family. I reached out to some of the dna matches that came back and found cousins in Australia who’s grandparents were cousins with my grandparents. I found an uncle grim my great grandfathers . I never knew my great grandfather had a brother and I found out he died in the war in Greece - my great grandfather raised his brothers three boys as his own. I found their kids from the names and pieces of story my new found cousin in Australia gave me (lucky out Mother’s are alive to help us). I just started using the site and I’m starting to grow new relatives exponentially connection to another. My family is from Greece and the people I’m connecting with are in Australia Italy Canada USA and other . Science is fascinating !!!!