Ancestry.com is one of the most popular websites for genealogy. They are the world's largest online resource for family trees, and documents that genealogists need for their family history research.
What kinds of resources can you find here? In addition to birth, marriage, and death records from the United States and around the world, you can search through U.S Census records. You can also find immigration records, military records, and more. Or, browse through the family trees that have been uploaded to the Ancestry.com website. They have information from newspapers & periodicals, and a collection of photos.
Anyone can use the search engine that is on the Ancestry.com website for free. To test it out, I entered the first, middle, and surname of my father. I learned that the more information you can put into the search engine, the better the results you will get. So, I added the city and state where he was born.
The list that comes up showed me three potential matches, each of which is has been given a star rating. The more stars, the closer a match it is. It also tells me what category the search engine pulled the result from. In my case, I have one match from the 1930 census and voter list, one from the birth, marriage, and death records for near where my father lived, and one match from the birth, marriage, and death records for a state he never lived in. Below this list are additional “less likely” matches, that might also be helpful.
I learned that when I click on the result I like best, I cannot view it. You have to sign up with Ancestry.com in order to see any of the records you are seeking. You can get a free trial that will last fourteen days. After that, the monthly fee to use this website runs between $12.95 and just under twenty dollars, depending on which kind of Membership you purchase.