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Pricing, Plans and Setup
Ancestry.com is a subscription service claiming to be the world’s largest online family history resource. Subscribers may pay with a monthly membership or a 6-month membership. There is a savings by subscribing to the 6-month membership. Renewal is automatic and you may cancel at any time.
The subscription has 3 levels of plans: U.S. Discovery, World Explorer and All Access. Each level offer progressively additional features.
Setup is relatively painless. You can create a family tree that includes yourself and our parents in 5 easy steps. From there you can share your tree and begin collaborating to find other information.
Building Your Family Tree
Building the tree consists of adding people to the tree and adding facts and events. Ancestry can handle specific types of relationships such as stepfamilies, adopted families, siblings, unmarried parents and more than two parents.
The mobile app for Ancestry is free. Additionally it is possible to order photo books and posters from Ancestry. They also have a serious of learning courses offered on the site for free.
Additionally, Ancestry has partnered or purchased several companies over the years. Today when you purchase an All Access subscription you also get access to Fold3 and Newspapers.com.
There are 4 different ways to get help with Ancestry.com. First is the Support Center. This includes support for AncestryDNA, family trees, search and records, your Ancestry account, mobile and privacy.
Ancestry.com has a community as well. They claim it is the largest online family history community. This is an area where you can collaborate with other Ancestry customers and get/give help from/to one another. You can also contribute to the World Archives Project and FindaGrave from here.
The message boards at Ancestry.com have over 25 million posts on more than 198,000 boards. You can search for content in the message boards, find a board about a specific topic and browse categories of boards.
Finally, you can hire an expert through Ancestry ProGenealogists. These folks will give a free estimate for your project and help you set goals for your research.
Ease of Use
Creating or uploading a family tree is extremely easy. And once your tree is in Ancestry.com the “shaky leaf” concept of showing hints makes it extremely easy to find related records. Once you find a record, it is super easy to attach that records to a person in your tree, or download the records to your computer.
In the end, we recommend you give Ancestry.com a try. Please feel free to comment on this post with any questions or comments.