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10 Free Things to do on Ancestry.com

10 Free Things to do on Ancestry.com

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This documents lists 10 free things anyone can do on ancestry.com.
This documents lists 10 free things anyone can do on ancestry.com.

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Categories:Types, Research, Genealogy
Published by: Ancestry.com on Sep 13, 2011
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1. Build your amily tree.
Start your free family treewith a few simple facts. Or upload an existingtree and grow it, share it and store it safely online. Ancestry.com makesit easy to add photos, documents and stories to your tree and share itwith family and friends. You may also see green leaves (Ancestry Hints)pop up in your tree. These can lead you to new information about yourfamily in historical records and other members’ trees.
2. Search selected census indexes.
Census records create a virtual snapshot of your family at a given timeand place in history. Here are two censuses you can search for free onAncestry.com: the1880 U.S. Federal Censusis an every-name indexand the last available U.S. census from the 1800s — and the1881 Eng-land and Wales Censusis an every-name index that includes enumera-tions forEngland,Wales, theIsle of Manand theChannel Islands.
3. Learn rom your last name.
Many a Fisher came from a long line of farmers. See what your lastname can tell you by clicking on theLearning Centertab and scrollingdown to “Facts About Your Surname.” Then enter your last name (ora last name you’re researching) to nd out where it originated, wherepeople with that last name lived in the U.S. at different times, plus likelyoccupations, Civil War service and ports of departure. You’ll also learnhow this information can help you discover more of your story.
4. See what we have rom specifc states.
Searching for an early American settler in New England? Or a legend-ary character from the Wild West? Click on the “Search Records” tab,scroll down to the U.S. map and click on a specic state to see a list ofwhat records you can nd from that state on Ancestry.com, plus tips forsearching those records.
5. Access
The Source
Red Book 
These two invaluable genealogy books are now easy to browse for freeon Ancestry.com.The Sourcetakes you through types of historicalrecords and what can be found in each of them, whileRed Bookis anexpansive guide to the most useful resources in each of the 50 U.S.states and the District of Columbia.The world’s largest online family history resource is here to help you discover, preserve and shareyour family history — and there are plenty of ways to get started on Ancestry.com for free.

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