PROVO, UT--(Marketwired - Dec 26, 2013) - As the holiday season comes into full swing, many of us will start to spend our days surrounded by loved ones, sharing stories from holidays past and making memories that will be shared for holidays to come. With many generations under the same roof, it is the ideal time to start a conversation about your family's unique history - and New Year's is the perfect time to take all you have learned and begin your family history journey!
Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, makes it easy for people to discover, preserve and share their family's history through millions of records, historical documents and images. "As families get together during the holidays, it is a great time to start learning more about the generations that came before you," says Michelle Ercanbrack, Family Historian at Ancestry.com. "Our hope is that Ancestry.com can help people not only discover more about the people in your family tree, but your family's story, including when and where your ancestors lived, the jobs they had, the size of their families, and the events that helped shape not only them and their families, but the time period in which they lived."
Making family history your New Year's resolution is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Start with What You Know: Begin with the easy stuff: birth dates, marriage dates, first names and maiden names. Write it all down and then create a free family tree at Ancestry.com.
2. Take Small Steps: 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.
3. Remember, It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint: While your family history journey might start with storytelling around the dinner table, census records, vital records - including birth, marriage and death records - even ship passenger lists, can help add color to a person's story. Records hold lots of information such as home address, occupations, parents' birthplace and even military service.
For a limited time, Ancestry.com is offering a period of free access that will make getting started even easier. From December 26 through December 29 at 11:59 pm ET, anyone who visits Ancestry.com will have free access to a select 100 million records added to the site in 2013.
Discover how your great grandparents came to America, see the passenger lists noting their arrival on American soil or see what battles your great uncle fought in during World War I. Each record found can uncover another piece of your family history puzzle. Let 2014 be the year you find new stories about your family's history!
For more information on the records available, please visit 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 offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its 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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