Anyone ever tried Ancestry.com? Or do any kind of ancestry work?

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  1. Guestx

    Guestx Guest

    So after a long time of being curious about it, I finally succumbed to ancestry.com's free 14-day trial. I've been interested in my family history for a while, as I know virtually nothing about my ancestors beyond my great grandparents (and even they are essentially shadows).

    Anyone here used ancestry.com before? Or do any kind of ancestry work?

    If so, what inspired you to learn more about your family tree? And what kind of tips can you give me to get the most out of this?
     
  2. SCADA

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    Only to backtrace people online....
     
  3. M3t4tr0n

    M3t4tr0n Sheriff of Sherfront

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    I haven't done any but been thinking about it for a long time. I have no contact with any family but my brother occasionally and my mom was adopted. It would be nice to trace my bloodline for ao my kids can know their history.
     
  4. Chesten_Hesten

    Chesten_Hesten The Wiener of Steel

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    Yeah, I looked myself up once. It said:


     
  5. bunt

    bunt A Goats eye is the GOAT eye

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    Tried using ancestry or a similar site and it sucked and kept asking for more money with very limited access to information.

    I am very interested in my ancestry and fortunately my Grandmother has made it a project to research the family tree.

    Let us know how your experience is with Ancestry and if it worked out.
     
  6. Winnie The Foo

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    I'm pretty sure I can go back as far as "a boat crossing the Atlantic."
     
  7. RTL

    RTL NostraMMAus™ Platinum Member

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    I always thought these ancestry sites rely on YOU to do your family tree research for them, so that your family members and future family members can pay for the service.

    Anyway, my family lineage is impossible to trace as my parents are from a part of the world where things like this are of no importance.
     
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    None of that stuff works for me. Damn Soviets.
     
  9. Outsider524

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    Yeah I found out through ancestry.com I was related to the one and only Thomas Jefferson!!!!
     
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    Mexicans like me laugh at stuff like this.
     
  11. Merlotte's

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    My family is in the court system if I ever need to validate anything. That site is for white people.
     
  12. Zer

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    I'm not Mexican but I get it
     
  13. Outsider524

    Outsider524 Brown Belt

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    on serious note. I did try it and I got nowhere found some information but nothing more usefull then my grandparents name and date of birth or death....It wasn't any complex at all I canceled after the first month.

    They do have a New DNA thing but It's kind of like the google DNA thing which was kind of cool I haven't heard anything about there's.

    Also My step half something sister did one with ancestry back in like 2005 and found way more information So I don't know what was going on.
     
  14. Donutdude

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    I've been interested in it myself for a while now, but never really knew where to start. Let us know how your search into your family's past goes.
     
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    Bravo. Great quote from a great film.
     
  16. Oedad

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    If you know what you are doing you can actually find out alot.

    All i had to do was look at the census records every ten years and follow them back.

    Got to the early 1800s no problem through basic government documentation.

    If your entire family came over on a boat 70 years ago from slovenia it probably won't teach you much because nobody in slovenia could write 70 years ago.

    Edit: not to be mean to slovenians, but you get the drift if your family couldn't read or write and came from a newley formed balkan state there probably isnt much out there to look for.
     
  17. Kafir-kun

    Kafir-kun Autocratic Centrist

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    Not really. I have heard I have a slave owner on my mom's side of the tree so it would be neat to confirm or dispel that but honestly I'm not so curious so as to actually put in the effort to find out.
     
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    Anybody else thought this was about Incestry.com ?
     
  19. Senzo Tanaka

    Senzo Tanaka Silver Belt

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    I managed to go back to the 1500s on my Mom and Dad's side. I also did the Ancestry DNA test.

    As long as you know what you are doing, you can research a full tree in about a day. The information starts getting a little fishy the further you go back and some of the dates don't quite match up. You can still put together a decent picture of your ancestry and your ancestors though.

    The DNA test really helps since you can collaborate your findings with your actual DNA to see if they match up.

    It's fun learning about your past. It definitely makes you appreciate what your ancestors went through and some of the data I found was really sad. One of my ancestors lost two sons, his wife and his daughter on the same day. I'm guess it was some sort of raid or war.
     
  20. Guestx

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    Yeah, this is kind of along my line of thinking. I really know nothing about my family beyond the people who are alive or very recently dead. I know we have roots in Ireland, England, Scotland and I think France. And I believe that my maternal grandfather has some Native American in him, either Choctaw or Cherokee.

    Who were my ancestors? What really is my heritage? I don't know.
     

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