Unlock The Mysteries of Your Family History with Ancestry.com + #Giveaway (Ends 12/18/13)

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The Mystery

Have you ever wondered about your family’s past? Where your great grandmother was born, when your family first came to the United States?

One day, when I was in my early 20s, I asked my dad about his grandparents. I was absolutely shocked when it took him a few minutes to remember their names. You see, one of the biggest lessons my dad taught me is the importance of family. We spent many holidays in his hometown in Ohio visiting with my grandfather and aunts, uncles and cousins. To this day, those are some of my favorite memories.

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I wasn’t aware that my father never knew his grandparents. Both were born in the 1850s and had died years before he was born. Dad was able to recall some vague details, but not a lot. He knew that his father had been the youngest of 9 children, that his grandmother was a devout Anglican who never felt that the “American” Episcopal church was strict enough, and that his grandfather had died in a dramatic accident of some kind.


In that moment, I vowed to find out more. Back then, online research was in it’s infancy. Instead, I found myself combing through old books and microfilm at libraries and the National Archives (I was lucky enough to live near one). I wrote letter after letter to libraries, funeral homes, and local genealogical societies in the areas where my family had lived asking if anyone could help me find more information.

The details began trickling in, and I remember each new piece feeling like a hard-won prize. One of my favorite “prizes” was my great-great grandfather’s obituary titled, “County’s Oldest Citizen Passes On,” which included a photo!

The Answers

After a few years of regular research, life got busier, and I took some time off. When I started again, I was amazed to find out how much Ancestry.com had grown. With a few quick keystrokes, I found more details than I had found in months of letter writing and slogging through old records.

I was even able to find out about the dramatic accident in which my grandfather had died. I found an article in a 1912 edition of the Lima News titled “Two Killed When Erie Train Crashes into an Automobile: Prominent Residents of Mendon Meet Death at Spencerville Crossing.”

Apparently, the car (or “machine,” according to the article) that my grandfather was driving stalled on the railroad tracks at the wrong time. My grandmother jumped from the car, but my grandfather and another passenger were not so lucky.

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With Ancestry.com, you can truly unlock the mysteries of your family’s past and find your own treasures.

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It’s easy to get started. Just sign up for a US Discovery, World Explorer, or new World Explorer Plus membership at Ancestry.com.

Your family tree can come together even faster with the help of Family Tree Maker. It works seamlessly with your Ancestry.com membership, helping you complete your research, store the results and share your family tree with others.


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Prize Details:

One winner will win TWO 3-month Ancestry.com World Explorer Subscriptions. One to keep, and one to give away.

Entry Details:

  • Giveaway open to US residents only.
  • Must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Giveaway ends December 18, 2013 at 11:59PM EST.
  • Winner will be notified by e-mail and has 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, s/he forfeits the prize, and another winner will be chosen.

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Comments

  1. Stephanie Bonck says

    I’d like to access the information on my family that is already on that site. I never received the copy of the research that was done, and I can get all of that from the site. It would be nice to know my ancestry.

  2. Angela Kinder says

    I actually found out that my great-great grandfather served in the Mexican war, as seen in his pension records. I want to find out more! But I love that with the World Explorer subscription, you can get records for up to 15 countries!

  3. says

    Their military and immigration collections tend to be among the most useful. While many libraries have free access to US records, the records accessible with World Explorer tend to far exceed those, especially in terms of foreign (duh) or immigration records. I have ancestors in England, Wales, France, Germany, Scotland, and Switzerland. Most came over prior to 1776…much earlier than good record-keeping on this continent.

  4. says

    they have access world wide to family ancestry sites to help find out who I am and where my family came from. I am so looking forward to finding out more about my family and WHO I really am!

  5. says

    I’m fascinated how Ancestry.com world lets me learn about my relatives from my homeland. I know that some of my relatives come from Scotland but I don’t know the city name. We’re visiting Scotland next summer and I’d love to be able to find out just where my great grandfather was from.

  6. Tara O. says

    Ancestry.com is pretty amazing! I’d love to learn more about my maternal side of the family starting with the Immigration section!

  7. says

    I really like the ‘Search’ feature so you can look through all the different files!

    My Mom & I have been doing some ancestry stuff on her side of the family. It’s so interesting!

  8. Darlene Carbajal says

    I would like to try the Family Tree. My Uncle and I are actually trying to find our relatives. He is looking for his sister and I’m trying to look for my dad’s family.

  9. David says

    I would like to do the DNA analysis. It would be interesting to see what my genetic make-up actually is. I am as white as a jar of mayonnaise, but the results may surprise me.

  10. jennay green says

    I like the family tree maker. I have been trying to do this on my own for a couple of years and having the help from ancestry would be great

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