Discover where you came from through photos, stories, historical documents, and so much more.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.

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What's New

Version 9.2

We regularly update our app to fix bugs and add new features to help you uncover your family story and make new discoveries about your ancestors.

Thanks for using Ancestry! If you enjoy using the Ancestry App, please take the time to give us a review.

Have a question? Go to the support section in the app and talk to our support team.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

6K Ratings

6K Ratings

Updates not helpful and make things worse!

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

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!

New update


*I updated my review. I now give the app only two stars because the update that took place yesterday has made the app even worse. It won’t load hints, has completely closed on me three times in an hour, and you might as well forget searching for hints because that completely freezes along with updating someone’s info. Something needs to be done about this app. It’s horrible.

I loved the Ancestry app before the update. I preferred it over the actual webpage. However, I do not like the layout of the new update. It is a lot more difficult to get where you want to be than it was before. It’s just not as appealing either. I liked being able to click on an ancestors profile and see their facts, then clicking next to it to see their family, then the sources. It looked a lot better and was easier. The app seems to freeze and flip sideways on me a lot now also. Never really had that issue before. Just last night, I had to completely close it midway through saving a record because it turned sideways and froze. That didn’t only happen once but probably four or five times within a couple hours. I love Ancestry but I do not like the new update, at all.

Developer Response

Hello AncestorHunter, we would love to help you with these issues. It would be very helpful for us if you can email us at and include what Apple device you're on, your ancestry username and the email tied to your account so that we can get a better insight into the issue. If you can let us know any more details on why it crashes it would be very helpful. Also, would like to hear your thoughts on why do you like the app more than the web page. Please let us know!


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176.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. U.S. Discovery $19.99
  2. World Explorer $34.99
  3. U.S. Discovery $19.99


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