Friday, January 23, 2015

21 Things You Need To Know About

21 Things You Need To Know About

  1. is the world's largest online family history resource home to billions of historical records, millions of family trees and much more. It's also the world's leading network of businesses dedicated to helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.

  2. You are offered a 14 day FREE trial before signing up. You get to "try it" before you "buy it".

  3. Once you have a membership, Ancestry helps you to grow your family tree by showing little green leaves (hints) on your family tree when there's a match for one of your ancestors. I just recently found out that my great great grandfather served in the Civil War because of one of these green leaves. I clicked on it and it brought me to his original military record. I love this feature!! Read the story here.

  4. You can export your family tree as a gedcom file, so you can load it to any software of your choice. A free tutorial about how to do this is here.

  5. You can connect with living relatives and become acquainted with each other and share your family history.

  6. You can easily find and share photos of your ancestors.

  7. You can compare family trees and work with others to prove and or fix errors.

  8. You can share your family tree with family members. This allows them to see your family tree and the changes you make.

  9. You can easily "gift" a subscription to anyone you choose.

  10. has created their own Family Tree Maker software that allows you to easily sync your family tree and records from Family Tree Maker ranges in price from $29 - $69.

  11. You can choose to have your family tree "public" or "private".

  12. helps you to remember what you've searched for by keeping a log of your "recent activity". This comes in handy when you're researching many different names and families.

  13. You can create a Bio and link all your websites into your profile for others to see.

  14. You can easily print free pedigree charts and custom charts for a reasonable price.

  15. You can publish family history books through

  16. has DNA tests for Ethnicity & Genealogical DNA. The cost is $99.

  17. has teamed up with many other genealogical websites to give you more records all in one place.

  18. If you stop paying for your membership, you will still have access to your family tree, pictures and documents that you uploaded; just not the historical records offered by  However, if you own Family Tree Maker Software, you can sync your records from which gives you a copy of all the historical documents owned by

  19. Many believe that if you stop paying or cancel your membership, "owns" your genealogy and your family tree. does not claim ownership of any family tree or genealogy posted from anyone. They only claim ownership of the historical records that have been preserved by their company.

  20. The Cost of an Ancestry membership:
    • 1 Month Membership 
      • $19.99 (US Discovery membership) 
      • $34.99 (World Explorer membership)
      • $44.99 (World Explorer Plus membership)
    • 6 Month Membership:
      • $99 (US Discovery membership)
      • $149 (World Explorer membership)
      • $199 (World Explorer Plus membership)

  21. is FREE to use at any LDS Family History Library. You will be assisted by family history volunteers that will help you navigate through and give you advice on your genealogy. Click here to see a listing of Family History Libraries near you. 

The knowledge that we gain through our research turns into our family history which turns into a great treasure for many generations.

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Keep connecting the dots! -Sarah


  1. I love, love, LOVE and it has been significant in helping me build my family tree, finding lost souls, scoundrels, and loved ones! It has been a very large part of my life for over 10 years, as I search almost daily on any one particular line. It seems recently however, more and more people are choosing the "copy and paste" form of research rather than truly connecting their own "dots" with REAL research. I am seeing my very own lineage distorted with mis-information and I don't know whether to kick and scream - because that is what I feel like doing after seeing these blatant errors - or just close the book and turn a blind eye. It is disconcerting to say the least; and, what do they hope to gain by building their own tree incorrectly? Stop this madness! Oh, and Find A Grave is worse!

  2. I found your 52 weeks of genealogy, but was only able to find up to week 22. What happened to the remaining 30 weeks?