Monday, March 18, 2013

What would you do with an Ancestry subscription? We have a prize., the online genealogy site that I sometimes take note of, wants you to give your mother her family tree for Mother’s Day.  Details of that below.

To encourage you to think about that one, Ancestry has offered this blog a one-year subscription to give away to a lucky reader.

Here is the offer. If you send me (email address at right) before midnight this Friday, March 22, the following statement completed in no more than two sentences, I will pick one winner at random from the entrants.

Here’s the challenge.  Complete in no more than 2 sentences: 
If I had an subscription, I would ______ .
That’s it: complete the statement, email it to me, and I’ll pick a random winner from among the entrants next weekend.  I will need a name and address to supply to, and Ancestry will set the winner up with the subscription.  (Value: $299.40) Entries may be quoted on this blog (and shared with Ancestry).

And here is Ancestry's promotional message about their Mother's Day project:, Canada’s leading family history website, allows you to build and grow your mom’s family tree, giving her the ultimate gift of a connection with her past.
 Family history is a growing pastime in Canada, and provides a unique and enriching way for families to spend time together. And what could be a more meaningful way to spend quality time with your mom than by discovering the lives and stories of your ancestors. Below are four easy steps to help your audience start their family tree in time for Mother’s Day.
Four easy tips to start your family tree: 
1.    Start with what you know. Write down the information you already have. Ask family members for help.
 2.    Create a free family tree on, beginning with yourself and adding your parents and grandparents. Record each person's name, birthplace, birth date, death place and death date. If you don't know the exact information, guess - vague clues can lead to amazing finds.
 3.    Search historical records. will use what you enter into your tree to search its database of historical records for likely matches. A green leaf appearing on your tree means a possible clue. Using the information found in historical records, you’ll be able to discover facts about your family’s past, like where they lived, their occupation, their travels and more.
 4.    Explore the millions of family trees created by other members and add relevant information to your own tree. You may discover distant relatives who have already researched a line of your family tree, and you can add photos, names, stories and more at the click of a button.  

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