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#FamilyHistoryMonth – check out what Ancestry offers for free!

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On Day 2 of #FamilyHistoryMonth, see what Ancestry offers for free!

 

Ancestry.com is a fee site, primarily for building family trees, searching historical record sets, and comparing your DNA to other samples, but they also offer some free tools.

 

Some of the best free genealogy stuff at Ancestry.com includes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can scroll to the bottom of the page, find “Included data collections,” and use the scroll feature on the right side of the window to select a particular record set (collections are in alphabetical order) to limit search results to the FREE database only

free Ancestry Collections list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

Follow Ancestry.com on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus  for the latest offers and news.

 

 

Ancestry.com has some great free resources and this is a good way to test the water and see if you’re interested in taking the plunge and subscribing to one of their packages. Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 1, 2017 |

Relative Finder from RootsTech 2016

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Relative Finder is a fun, free genealogy program that’s jokingly referred to as the “gateway drug to family history.” Check it out and you’ll see why: RelativeFinder.org.  Relative Finder is a genealogy program that was developed by Tom Sederberg at BYU. It’s been around a while but has a new look and some new features and kids and adults alike love it! And did you miss the “free” part? It’s free genealogy!!!

Relative Finder for finding your roots and relationships

Relative Finder from RootsTech 2016

I’ve created a short video if you’d like to see the program in action.

Relative Finder shows relationships between users and other people, living or deceased. To use Relative Finder you’ll need to have a FamilySearch account and tree and you’ll login with your FamilySearch account. FamilySearch is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you can create free trees on their site (a word to the wise, your FamilySearch tree shouldn’t be your only family tree or gedcom file–I’ll blog about another time.)

When I login, Relative Finder will show my relationships and the closest relationships will be displayed first. FamilySearch doesn’t let Relative Finder store information on living people so Relative Finder will see my deceased parent has a grandchild and tell me that grandchild is my son or nephew-it can’t discern between the two.

Relative Finder will return relationship results for any relationship you have with someone in a public group. Public groups include:

  • Authors/Poets
  • Business Leaders
  • Catholic-Saints and Popes
  • Classical Composers
  • Constitution Signers
  • Declaration Signers
  • European Royalty
  • Famous Americans
  • Famous Europeans
  • LDS groups including LDS prophets, apostles, pioneers, seventies, and more
  • Mayflower
  • Military Explorers
  • Movie Stars
  • Reformers
  • Salem Witch Trials
  • Science and Technology
  • US Presidents
  • US Presidents’ Wives

Relative Finder works best for people with European descent but but they keep adding interesting ancestral lines and it’s becoming more and more diverse.

You can create groups, join groups, or try to connect with someone by starting a Connect session and inviting them to join. (Again, they’ll need a FamilySearch account and tree-but it’s free!)

I created a group for my family and invited my siblings and their spouses and in-laws. My brother and his wife are 6th cousins! I’ve joined a group my neighbors created and we have fun seeing how closely we’re related (my closest is a 9th cousin but a few of my neighbors are 4th cousins).

My children love the public groups. I have a son who loves science and he likes to see his relationship to famous scientists. I’m 12th cousins with President Obama! After my husband learned my brother was named after a Mayflower ancestor he had the audacity to disprove that lineage. But I got the last laugh, Relative Finder shows that I’m still a Mayflower descendant (although from a different line). I’m a 12th great granddaughter of Richard Warren from the Mayflower. I’m not going to apply to the Society of Mayflower descendants without researching this but it’s fun to see and it’s a great place to start my research.

So if you’re an average person who’s not going to be chosen for Finding Your Roots or Who Do You Think You Are, but you’d like a peek at the possibilities, Relative Finder is for you. That’s why it’s called the gateway drug to family history. You know you wanna try it!

If you’d like more tips on Genealogy please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

 

 

February 26, 2016 |

7 Free Genealogy Steals to Boost Your Research Now

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7 Free Genealogy Steals in January include:

  • FindMyPast.com has free access to over 8 billion records 22-25 January. Local subscribers get World access; World subscribers get 3 additional days added to their subscription. If you have any UK heritage, this is a must!  

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  • Ancestry.com has free access to all Australian records 22-26 January *AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

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  • MyHeritage.com has a large collection of free digitized books available for searching/reading (over 37 million pages in 150,000 books relevant to family history). Read about the collection here. Search the collection for your ancestors here. Just tried this and found a clue for my hard-to-trace Canadian ancestry! Must finish blog quickly and get back to the search!

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January 22, 2016 |

Top Free Genealogy Message Boards

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Genealogy Message Boards and Forums are a fun way to connect with other researchers or jump-start your family history research when you’ve hit a bump in the road. It’s encouraging to chat with others who are working on similar lines. And with the advantages of Social Media you have more options than ever!

Top Free Genealogy Message Boards include:

      RootsWeb and the Message Boards at Ancestry

  • RootsWeb and the Message boards at Ancestry.com are the same thing. This is a free family history message board. RootsWeb was purchased by Ancestry.com and Ancestry has kept it as a free offering and they have merged the message boards. You can search by Locale, Surname, Topic, or Keyword. They boast 25 million posts over 198,000 boards so there’s a lot of content.

    GenForum

  • GenForum is a free genealogy message board. It was started by Genealogy.com which was acquired by Ancestry.com and is kept as a separate message board/forum from RootsWeb. It boasts “14,000 online forums devoted to genealogy, including surnames, U.S. states, countries, and general topics.” You can search by Locale, Surname, Topic, or Keyword.

    RootsChat

  • RootsChat is a free UK based genealogy message board. “The country’s busiest, largest free family history site. 223,682 members are ready to help you with your questions.” There’s no fee or subscription but you do need register in order to post or private message on the site. An easy way to search this site is to scroll down to the country you’re interested in (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, etc) then select the locale within that country, then scroll through the boards, posts, and especially look at the highlighted links listed for that locality.

    5,700+ Facebook Genealogy links

  • Katherine Willson serves on the Membership Committee for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, teaches Genealogy classes, does private genealogy research, and has compiled this list of over 5,700 Facebook genealogy links. Joining a Facebook community for the locale or subject you’re researching is a great way to connect with other researchers. Each group will have its own rules for posting so read the “description” of the group in the right-hand column (beneath the members names). If you haven’t already joined the Facebook community, genealogy research is a great reason to take the plunge!

    CousinConnect

  • CousinConnect is a free genealogy message board developed by genealogists for genealogists. Their site allows you to post queries and sign up for notifications when new queries match your surname and region (a free service). CousinConnect boasts over 300,000 queries which can be searched by Surname or Region and they claim their forum is a more effective way to connect with distant relatives because they deliver more relevant results to queries.

    Message boards at MyHeritage.com 

  • MyHeritage.com has free message boards. If you want to reply or post you’ll need to create a membership. They have free membership offerings and if you decide you want extra services they provide you can choose a subscription membership. Searches can be made by Locale, Surname, Topic, Keyword, or you can select one of the Message Boards for Beginners.

    UlsterAncestry

  • UlsterAncestry is a site that charges for genealogical records in Northern Ireland but they have message boards you can look through at no charge. They’re not accepting members at this time so there’s no posting available if you’re not already a member.

    CuriousFox

  • CuriousFox.com is a free and fee genealogy forum site for the UK and Ireland. It’s free to read postings and to post entries and to contact paid members. Only paid members can contact free members. You can search by Village, Town or County, Surname, and Surname within a distance of any locale.

 

 

October 18, 2015 |

How to get your FREE American Ancestors Account

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This is a free American Ancestors account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

NEHGS or AmericanAncestors.org

NEHGS or AmericanAncestors.org

AmericanAncestors.org is a website created by the staff at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. “Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help genealogists of all skill levels improve their knowledge and understanding of their family and its place in history. Although our name says New England, we provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th-century colonial New England through twentieth-century immigration research.” They have an online database with over 400 million searchable names. 

Follow these instruction to create your free American Ancestors account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “AmericanAncestors”
  • Select “Create Your Free American Ancestors Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE American Ancestors Affiliate Account” and you’ll be given the option to create a free American Ancestors account.

If you have never had an American Ancestors account,

  • Select “Continue for your Free AmericanAncestors.org Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial,

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your American Ancestors account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as AmericanAncestors.org, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, etc.

April 17, 2015 |

How to get your FREE findmypast Account

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This is a free findmypast account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FindMyPast.com

FindMyPast.com

Follow these instruction to create your free findmypast account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “findmypast”
  • Select “Create Your Free findmypast Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE findmypast Premium Account” and you’ll be given the option to create a free findmypast account.

If you have never had a findmypast account,

  • Select “Create Your Free findmypast Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial,

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your findmypast account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as findmypast.com, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, etc.

April 17, 2015 |

How to get your FREE MyHeritage Account

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This is a free MyHeritage account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and secure place to explore their family history, share photos and special family moments and keep in touch. With 40 languages, 75 million users, 1.5 billion profiles and 27 million family trees, MyHeritage is uniting families worldwide. . . .Our recent acquisitions of World Vital Records and Geni.com for example, have enabled us to offer billions of historical records and exciting tools for collaboration to a wider and more international audience than ever before.”

Follow these instruction to create your free MyHeritage account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “MyHeritage”
  • Select “Create Your Free MyHeritage Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE Account on MyHeritage” and you’ll be given the option to create a free MyHeritage account.

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If you have never had a MyHeritage account

  • Select “Create Your Free MyHeritage Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your MyHeritage account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, etc.

April 17, 2015 |

How to get your FREE Ancestry Account

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This is a free Ancestry account offer for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com

“Ancestry.com LLC is the world’s largest online resource for family history with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its sites. Since starting as a publishing company in 1983, we have been a leader in the family history market for over 30 years and have helped pioneer the market for online family history research.”

Follow these instruction to create your free Ancestry account:

  • Log in to FamilySearch.org

(If you don’t already have an account with FamilySearch.org, you’ll need to create one using your LDS membership number. If you don’t know your membership member you can ask for it from a church clerk or member of the bishopric.)

  • Select “Get Help” in the upper right corner
  • Select “Help Center” in the left column of the pop-up
  • Select “Partners” in the icon of shaking hands
  • Select “Our Partners”
  • Select “Ancestry”
  • Select “Create Your Free Ancestry Account”

FamilySearch.org will verify you have an LDS membership number and you’ll see a new page that says “You Qualify for a FREE Ancestry Account” and you’ll be given the option to create a free Ancestry account.

If you have never had an Ancestry account,

  • Select “Create Your Free Ancestry Account”

If you have a paid account or a free trial,

  • Select “Sign in to connect your account”

This will connect your current/past account to your new free membership. You won’t be reimbursed for what you’ve already paid but you won’t be billed for future payments.

You can now create a new login and password for your Ancestry account that will be separate from your login and password for your FamilySearch account.

If you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can create a free FamilySearch.org account and enjoy their free tree service, free records searches, attachable record hints and research suggestions, but you will not be given the free partner accounts such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FindMyPast.com, etc.

 

April 17, 2015 |
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