How Can You Perform a Free Ancestry Search?


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Perform free ancestry searches using several online services, such as Ancestry.com. To search your family's history on this website, type in your name and age, and select which side of the family you want to search. Fill out more information about one of your parents in the window that pops up, press search, and review the information that is found.

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Ancestry.com has a lot of records available to search, but users must either sign up for a free two-week trial or create a paid account. During the trial period, users have limited access to information. A paid account allows users to search birth, death, marriage, divorce and baptism records in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and a number of other countries. In addition, users can access immigration documents, military records and government archives. A paid account costs $19.99 per month for U.S.-based searches and $34.99 per month for international searches, as of 2015.

Another way to find out more about the history of your family is by searching documents in archives. This can be particularly helpful if your family has lived in the same town for many decades or even centuries. Local archives usually contain basic records of deaths and marriages. County or municipal archives may contain documents such as wills.

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