Genealogy website Ancestry has announced an update for version 2 of its iOS app launched last month.

Version 2.0 of the Ancestry app launched in early February and the updated version - 2.0.1 - brings new features such as iPad optimisation and the ability to view attached historical documents and source citations to customers of the UK-specific site.

The app comes after a version of Ancestry's Family Tree Maker, previously only available for Windows, launched in the Mac App Store last month.

Olivier van Calster, VP of Ancestry International, said: “Macs and iPads both have a highly interactive interface, making them ideal not only for conducting and uploading family history research, but also for sharing it with others.

“We are committed to leveraging the latest technology to make what we offer on Ancestry easily accessible and enjoyable to use for family history novices and experts alike, whether at their desks or in the field,” he continued.

The Family Tree Maker for Mac software can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for £59.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.

Ancestry for iOS is free to download from the iTunes App Store and requires iOS 3.1 or later.

However, the app requires an account to work. The site offers a 14-day free trial, but memberships can cost £12.95 per month. The site claims to have 13 million members in the UK.