The genealogy website Ancestry has occasional free weekend access; customers interested in the free weekend should check the website or Family Tree Magazine for updates on the next weekend. For example, Ancestry had free weekend access August 28-September 1, 2014.
Ancestry was founded in 1983 as a publishing company. In 1996, it began digitizing its historical records and placing them online for access to subscribers. Ancestry is the largest collection of family history data in the world, as of 2015, and has 16 billion historical records and more than 2 million subscribers. Members of the site can also upload their own photographs and historical records to assist others in finding family data.