Unlock Your Family History This Holiday Season

PROVO, UT--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - The holiday season is an ideal time to start a conversation about family history. It is one of the only times when multiple generations gather and reminisce about the "good old days."

"The holidays are a natural fit with finding out more about your family history," says Michelle Ercanbrack, an Ancestry.com Family History Researcher. "You already have the family under one roof, making it a fantastic opportunity to use resources like Ancestry.com to easily learn more about generations past."

While the idea of starting your family history project might seem overwhelming, there are some easy tips to make the process easy and enjoyable:

  • Work With What You Know. Start with the easy stuff: birth dates, marriage dates, etc. Write it all down and then create a free family tree at Ancestry.com to start your family history journey.
  • Start Simple. The easiest way to get started is with a simple search for records of your ancestors. Ancestry.com provides shaky leaf "hints" to help you identify family members and documents. From there, you can build out your family tree and add relevant records with the simple click of a mouse.
  • This is a Marathon, Not a Sprint. While the process of discovering your family history might start with storytelling around the dinner table, records such as census records, vital records -- like births, marriages and deaths -- and even passenger lists can help the process. Ancestry.com can add color to the story, revealing information like occupations, military service, homelands and even photos.

Easily share your family tree online and document your family history journey by creating a book, calendar, poster or other meaningful gifts. You can also add additional context to a family search with an AncestryDNA test and is a great way to learn about your heritage. The test gives you a map of where your ancestors lived and can potentially connect you with long-lost relatives.

This holiday season, Ancestry.com is a fun and creative gift for family members. For $99, you can give a six-month subscription to the family history site where the recipient can create a family tree and research more than 10 billion U.S. historical records. The information, photos and records that can be discovered make it a unique, personal and sentimental gift. For more information, please visit Ancestry.com.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 12 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 55 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com and the AncestryDNA product, sold by our subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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The holiday season is an ideal time to start a conversation about family history. It is one of the only times when multiple generations gather and reminisce about the "good old days."