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Thread: Has anyone tried Ancestry.com?

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    Senior Member Gabrielle's Mimi's Avatar
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    Has anyone tried Ancestry.com?

    I signed up for Ancestry.com after watching several episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" I wasn't sure how to proceed, but it is very intuitive and easy to use. Guess what? I have traced my Boston-area grandparents back to the very early 1600s in Plymouth and area. The ones before that, in the 1500s, are from England I learned, and so I am pursuing that info. I have also traced one grandmother's family back to Ireland, and the other side of the family back to the 1800s in IL, and both sides of my husband's family way back. I even found the name of the ships
    various family members came to America on in the 1800s. It is amazing!!! I go to log on and check a few things and the next thing I know it's 4 hours later! I didn't know it would be so addictive.
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    I love it too. I gave it up because it took up so much quilting time. No one in my family really cares so a quilting I will go! Enjoy, it's like a treasure hunt!

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    I was working in mine last year but then got on to other things. Traced both sides of my family back to 1500's. I've got ancestors who were burned at the stake (he was a preacher who spoke against Catholic church), another ran off and left his wife and son to die of starvation in Windsor Castle as prisoners. Irish, English, Scottish, French, German...There were more interesting characters in the family history, but those are two that really stuck with me.
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    I have been on Anestery for over a year and have taken classes at Vo-tech. Rule #1..unless you have three documents (offical) then your great uncle Bo might not really be related. This is what so many run into. Just because grandma said Uncle was from Italy, that doesn't make it so. That's what makes it so addictive. Running down all the leads. Good luck in you searches.
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    I've had an Ancestry sub for years now, and love it. It's been worth it's weight in gold to me a couple of times for information!

    Glenda is right. You can't consider it fact unless it's documented, however, usually one SOLID document is enough, and sometimes those are just gone. (The Union army, during the War Between the States, burned many of the courthouses and churches that held documents, and there is simply no way to document some things unless there's a family Bible out there somewhere.) Sometimes you just have to go with a preponderance of evidence, and hope that it's right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I've had an Ancestry sub for years now, and love it. It's been worth it's weight in gold to me a couple of times for information!

    Glenda is right. You can't consider it fact unless it's documented, however, usually one SOLID document is enough, and sometimes those are just gone. (The Union army, during the War Between the States, burned many of the courthouses and churches that held documents, and there is simply no way to document some things unless there's a family Bible out there somewhere.) Sometimes you just have to go with a preponderance of evidence, and hope that it's right.
    You're right about preponderence of evidence. I had lots of secondary, but not primary documents, that I had to use to get into DAR.
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    Really - I find it extremely excruciating. It's definitely not as easy as it is shown on television or as you all are talking about for me.
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    Is it expensive?

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    I love it and we have debunked info my grandmother passed down...people we supposedly were related to....and found out some interesting ones we were related to! My family can be traced back pretty far.... 1600's England and a couple of other European spots. My husband's family was harder, but his brother has actually found relatives because of it. I had a cousin X3 or 4 contact me through the site and depsite where our particular tree started we now are living about 20 miles apart. Absolutely fascinating!
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    I found out my childhood best friend was really my cousin! Her greatgrandmother was the sister to my greatgrandmother and we never knew it. We had a common last name - Davis.

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    I have Ancestry Deluxe World, or whatever they call the full monte now. It gives me access to all kinds of records around the world. It's expensive, but it's my only big expense as far as entertainment.

    It's interesting to learn where your family was from...and try to figure out the why of it all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabrielle's Mimi View Post
    I signed up for Ancestry.com after watching several episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" I wasn't sure how to proceed, but it is very intuitive and easy to use. Guess what? I have traced my Boston-area grandparents back to the very early 1600s in Plymouth and area. The ones before that, in the 1500s, are from England I learned, and so I am pursuing that info. I have also traced one grandmother's family back to Ireland, and the other side of the family back to the 1800s in IL, and both sides of my husband's family way back. I even found the name of the ships
    various family members came to America on in the 1800s. It is amazing!!! I go to log on and check a few things and the next thing I know it's 4 hours later! I didn't know it would be so addictive.
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    My Oldest Daughter has had it for years and has been able to find out lots of info for me. I was able to get a picture of my Great Grandfather and Great Grandma on their wedding day 2/26/1890. She was in the D.A.R. but, dropped it, not very interesting. Other than my Grandkids, who don't care, I had no one to share all we found out with as my 4 siblings are gone and my parents also. No one in the family cares, except our Son and this Daughter. Found my Mom didn't know her Dad's real first and middle names. Nor how her Mom spelled her fist name. I would have liked to have told her all I now know. She died in mid eighties. We sent for lots of documents and Daughter now has them.
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    I also use Ancestry.com. I've had so much fun and also frustration tracing all my family on both sides. I pay 34.95 per month for access. Have talked to so many people related to my family way back. I guess if you go far enough back we all are related in some way or another. Also interesting to find "black sheep". I'm sure most everyone has them....lol.
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    I use it free at our library.

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    I use it and Family Search.org. I found my birth father's on a 1945 state census on Family search.org. Then I found a cousin (from his side) who loves genealogy on the web. Contacted her and the rest is history.

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    Gosh, I wish I would not have come across this! I told myself once I retired I would get a subscription. One of my cousins traced back my father's side. According to this cousin we are related to a signer of the Declaration of Independance. This cousin was a drama queen, and I have the records, so I've tried retracing the history. I worked on this several years ago and just got too busy. There is a break in the history which makes me question how accurate the records are. Knowing my cousin she could make the leap. Our family name was Stone and the signer was Thomas Stone from Maryland. She also has us connected to royalty in England. All of this is a little hard to believe considering my father came from a family of 11 kids born to a dirt poor farmer in western Kentucky!

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