Types of Ancestry accounts

As Ancestry.com grows in size, it becomes more difficult to navigate. Here’s a quick note on three types of Ancestry accounts: Paid, Free, and DNA.

Paid accounts: These accounts give access to Ancestry databases. Pricing starts at $189 annually. This is the type available on the club computers. For more info see Ancestry’s comparison page.

Free accounts: A free account lets you build a family tree at Ancestry and also communicate with other Ancestry users. It’s this second feature that’s important for our members. When using the club computers you may find a family tree at Ancestry that interests you. But you’re logged onto the club account, so if you send the tree’s owner a message you won’t receive the reply. Instead you need to write down the owner’s Ancestry username, log on to your free Ancestry account (preferably on your home computer), and use Ancestry’s member directory to find the owner and send a message. Please see Ancestry’s Free Account page to register.

(Note: the free account does *not* require a credit card. If you’re asked for one, you’re signing up for a free trial of a paid account, which isn’t what you want. Please use the link supplied above.)

DNA account: If you want a DNA test, go to Ancestry’s DNA page. You’ll need to create an account to pay for the test and see the results, but this doesn’t require a database subscription. It also gives you the same privileges as the plain-vanilla free account including contacting other Ancestry members.

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The DNA SIG meets Wednesday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center, Conference Room 3.  Our topic will be “GEDmatch.com and Triangulation”.  This is Part IV (and the end) of the DNA beginners series.



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New library books: Germany and Eastern Europe

Karen said “Buy more books!” so I found a couple. Both are paperbacks published just last year by Family Tree Books. Each runs to a little over 200 pages.

Trace Your German Roots Online: a complete guide to German genealogy websites” is by James M. Beidler. Part One covers German genealogy basics. Part Two is on the top German genealogy websites. Part Three attempts to answer your research questions. This book is shelved in the Foreign section, on the left as you enter the library. Within that there are geographical subdivisions; this book is in Germany. There you will also find an earlier book by Mr. Beidler, “The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide.”

The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe” is by Lisa A. Alzo. The first part of this gives an overview of the three countries and their history. Part Two covers geography, languages, and surnames. Part Three reviews the types of family history records available, and the fourth part delves into “advanced sources and strategies.” This book is also in the Foreign section, in the Slovak subdivision.

Don’t forget  you can browse or search our library using our new online catalog at TinyCat.



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Minutes of our April 2017 Meeting

Our regularly scheduled General Meeting was held Tuesday April 11th. This month’s speaker was Sue Cerri on “The New Millennium Way to Save Your Work: Understanding Sources & Citations.”

May 9th will be our last meeting until the fall. We will have installation of our new officers, and a cake to celebrate. Our own Holly Gibson will speak on “Becoming A Better Genealogist..a Professional one.”

For full details of our April meeting, click here to see the April Minutes submitted by your secretary Frances Everson.

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Legacy Webinars are FREE this weekend

Yes, it is Easter weekend, but if you’ve never watched any Legacy Family Tree Webinars because you did not subscribe, this weekend is cause for a celebration.  The following is their press release.

Legacy is presenting their 500th webinar on Friday, April 14, 2017 and in celebration Legacy is going to make ALL of their webinars FREE for EVERYONE this weekend, Friday through Sunday.  All you need to do it go to the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website and let the fun begin! I am guessing that there will be some serious binge watching going on this weekend.  If you like what you see (and we think you will) consider getting a subscription so that you can have full time access to these wonderful webinars. There are 2 new webinars each week with some surprise bonus ones thrown in from time to time. There is no better genealogy continuing education bargain anywhere.

Just click on their website and check out the many hours of education available.


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