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I received an email update from Ancestry.com, in which they mention...

"Helping to ease the isolation from social distancing with new connections: Ancestry has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to offer temporary free access to millions of historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building."

...as well as...

"At-home educational resources for families and teachers: With parents educating their kids at home and teachers looking for creative ways to administer assignments, new virtual ways of learning are on the rise. Ancestry is making teacher-developed lesson plans available for free for anyone to download, covering a range of educational topics for various ages."

...More specifics can be found on the page linked to in the email: https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancest...s-records/

Email subject link is "An update to our members from our CEO".

Happy researching!

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Thanks, jipgirl. Apparently, I'm related to John Smith!
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I love ancestry; thank you!
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This shit doesn't work. Don't feel like watching 5 hours of videos about how to build a family tree. Just wanted a simple search and that doesn't exist
Always free: https://www.familysearch.org/en/

I have a tree on Ancestry but no membership...it's just too expensive. I use other sites to get info to add to my tree.
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I should also mention, after signing up for a member ship I was unable to search any records without being prompted to sign up for a monthly fee. Seems like a bait and switch
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I signed into my account, but the only things I see are for a 14 day trial. The links on the right side take you to the sites mentioned in the article but they also want you to sign up for a trial.

When using Search on Ancestry I was able to locate and view one family members info, and then I added the next from memory. It suggested relatives until I had about 6 in my tree, but now it won't let me view anymore records and just gives me popups about signing up for the trial. The same happens when trying to view other family trees.
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Always free: https://www.familysearch.org/en/

I have a tree on Ancestry but no membership...it's just too expensive. I use other sites to get info to add to my tree.
FamilySearch is where I do most of my tree building. I like that it's free for me, and free for everyone else to make use of the updates I've done.

I bought Ancestry for a while. Bought a DNA test too. But I don't pay for a membership anymore either. Still use it for he DNA matches and the abbreviated trees they show. Often I can find someone in the tree at familysearch, or I can build out the abbreviate tree shown in Ancestry until it links up with family search.
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I received an email update from Ancestry.com, in which they mention...

"Helping to ease the isolation from social distancing with new connections: Ancestry has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to offer temporary free access to millions of historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building."

...as well as...

"At-home educational resources for families and teachers: With parents educating their kids at home and teachers looking for creative ways to administer assignments, new virtual ways of learning are on the rise. Ancestry is making teacher-developed lesson plans available for free for anyone to download, covering a range of educational topics for various ages."

...More specifics can be found on the page linked to in the email: https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancest...s-records/

Email subject link is "An update to our members from our CEO".

Happy researching!

https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancest...+Campaigns
"Free Access for At-Home Family Tree Building"

I've had an account there for a long time, but stopped paying a long time ago too. I don't see any extra functionality that isn't normally always there for my free account.

When I click on suggested records to <review>, I get the usually page showing me options to subscribe.,. Can't see the full trees of other people either.

Seems like the same old same old for a free account.

I highly recommend using familysearch so you don't have to subscribe to Ancestry til the end of time.
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waste of time, just a commercial to sell it
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Always free: https://www.familysearch.org/en/

I have a tree on Ancestry but no membership...it's just too expensive. I use other sites to get info to add to my tree.
I buy a years membership to ancestry on Black Friday at half price, technically it's a gift membership but you can apply it to your own account. You do need to let your membership (if you already have a paid one) expire before you can use the gift membership though, even if it's just for a day. I paid $49 for a 365 day Basic membership last year and plan to upgrade to worldwide in November. They have done this the past three or four years. Also black friday is a great time buy their dna test - I was finally able to break a brick wall and ID'd my great great grandfather using it.
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I buy a years membership to ancestry on Black Friday at half price, technically it's a gift membership but you can apply it to your own account. You do need to let your membership (if you already have a paid one) expire before you can use the gift membership though, even if it's just for a day. I paid $49 for a 365 day Basic membership last year and plan to upgrade to worldwide in November. They have done this the past three or four years. Also black friday is a great time buy their dna test - I was finally able to break a brick wall and ID'd my great great grandfather using it.
The DNA test identified a missing relative you couldn't find any other way? That sounds incredible.
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I have an Ancestry.com account.
When I log into it, I get the same nags to join when I try to view hints or do a search.
I believe this offer gives you access through your local library.
For instance, I go to my local library website and find the link to genealogical research and specifically Ancestry.com.
Normally, searching the Ancestry.com records is free when you do it from a library.
Now, many local libraries are giving login ID and password so that you can search through their account from home.
But this does not let you search while logged into YOUR account.
So you can find information and documents but you can't save them to your tree.
You can save a document (like a census) to your computer then upload it to your personal account.
The way I use this is I open my personal account page and open the library portal and work back and forth.
This is much easier if you have dual monitors.
I also use FamilySearch. But I think Ancestry has more info available.
Here's what my local library has on their website. It is similar to a neighboring county's library and another state's library system where I used to live and have account access:
(their caps, not mine)

ANCESTRY WILL BE AVAILABLE TO USE FROM HOME THROUGH APRIL 30, 2020. FOR USERNAME AND PASSWORD, PLEASE REQUEST USING OUR COMMENT BOX.
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Always free: https://www.familysearch.org/en/

I have a tree on Ancestry but no membership...it's just too expensive. I use other sites to get info to add to my tree.
I have always wondered about the accuracy. The only thing I could ever find were connections other people made on their own family tree. I ended up going back several generations on my dad's side until the information got conflicted (mostly due to conflicting reports of my ancestor who originally came to the US). It just seemed like crowd sourced tree building, but I wasn't sure how accurate it was. Plus, I was hoping to find my international lineage and they really couldn't help.
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I have always wondered about the accuracy. The only thing I could ever find were connections other people made on their own family tree. I ended up going back several generations on my dad's side until the information got conflicted (mostly due to conflicting reports of my ancestor who originally came to the US). It just seemed like crowd sourced tree building, but I wasn't sure how accurate it was. Plus, I was hoping to find my international lineage and they really couldn't help.
I started out relying on other people's trees but then learned how to confirm it by finding actual records. If your ancestors came from western Europe the records are easier to find. I need Yugoslavia and that's been difficult. I've used Ancestry to do searches which will show the records available but then used other websites to pull up the actual records. The Ellis Island website is great. I was able to find my great grandparents records when they came from Yugoslavia.

https://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger

It took a bit of tinkering with the surnames because of numerous ways they can be spelled to find the actual records.
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