Ancestry is a website that enables users to build family trees and explore their heritage and family history. Users can access a wealth of information from all over the world. Ancestry helps users locate documents, photographs and other family trees. The site has a level of sophistication that can help the user be more productive in their search for family history. A small hint indicator appears that shows the user relevant individuals and documents that might help them delve deeper. Users can also build and store their family tree, returning to it as often as they like. The information found through Ancestry is vast. Users can view actual newspaper clippings, real old time photographs, census reports, official certificates and other vital documents. Ancestry also provides users with message boards and other social features that allow them to collaborate and interact.
Ancestry is based out of Provo, Utah. It originally began in 1996 but it wasn’t until around 2000 that it really began to grow. The website is a part of the Generations Network. The current Ancestry team includes CEO Tim Sullivan, CFO David H. Rinn, Vice President of Product Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Member Services Christopher Tracy and Senior Director Kendall Hulet.
Ancestry offers users a number of ways to learn about their heritage and family history. The website provides users with a huge collection of data to review. This varies from documents to death and birth certificates and census reports. The website helps users build a family tree without the hassle of reviewing physical records.
The Ancestry website has an elegant appeal that is very attractive and seems to work well given the combination of modern features and nostalgic content on the site. A natural tree theme is found throughout with greens and dark oranges favored in the color scheme. The family trees can be viewed as a visual chart. Users can also look for a small green leaf icon that sometimes appears as they research and build their tree. Clicking on it takes the user to other documents and people that might be relevant to their search.
A new user can join the Ancestry community by clicking the green and white “Subscribe” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The user is asked to select their preferred membership and billing cycle before continuing. The registration form asks for a first and last name, email address, street address, city, state, zip code, country and phone number. The last step of the sign up process requires the user’s billing information.
Ancestry offers users a number of membership options. Accepted payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover and Paypal. Users can choose to pay monthly, annually or every three months. The U.S. Deluxe membership costs around $13 per month when purchased annually, $17 when purchased every three months and $20 when the user chooses to pay monthly. This membership includes shared access to family trees, the ability to upload photographs, documents and stories to the family tree, family tree editing tools, family tree hints and unlimited access to all of Ancestry’s U.S. record collections. The World Deluxe membership costs approximately $25 when paid annually, $28 when paid every three months and $30 when paid monthly. This membership includes all the same features as well as unlimited access to record collections from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada and access to all new world wide content added each week.
Ancestry is a great tool for anyone who is interested in learning about their family history. The website makes it much easier to find official documents, photos and more. Users can also work together and share family trees through Ancestry.