When I was in elementary school, one of our school projects was to create a family tree. I taped together two poster boards and diligently drew lines between family members with black markers. I even colored in little flags representing where each person came from. Well, times have changed since then. You don’t need poster board and markers anymore. Now you can trace your family history with Ancestry.com.
I looked at Ancestry.com almost like a treasure map that could help uncover more about my family’s history. To start the search, I had to create a family tree. This process is easy – you start with yourself (or someone else) as the root of the tree, making sure to fill as much information as you can about the individual.
As you continue to fill in more information about yourself, or your family, your family tree will grow as well. If Ancestry.com detects information in your family tree that is similar to another family tree or to one of the records in their database, then that person’s listing gets flagged with a leaf. Click on the leaf and you’ll be able to review the “Ancestry hints” to determine if the hint is the person in your tree or if you should ignore it. These leafs are immensely useful in helping to expand your tree quickly and easily. One leaf alone found 6 great-aunts and uncles for me.
If you’re stuck, then you can use their Search tool to hunt down additional family members. You can search by name, date, locations, travel documents, marriage certificates, and a number of other methods to help track down other members of your family. I was able to discover and track family members dating back to Europe in the 1700s, as well as see who immigrated to the US and where they went before I got to where I am today. No elementary school project could have shown me that.
As you can see from the tree above, I still have a few hints to explore, and I haven’t even touched my mother’s side of the family. There’s still a lot of information and family members to find and Ancestry.com certainly makes it easier.
If you are interested in learning more about your family tree and your family’s history, check out Ancestry.com. They are currently offering a 14-day free trial, and subscriptions start at as little as $12.95/month.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.