Computer Users’ Group

Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2010


Dan Wilmoth took us for a walk through the many pages of Ancestry.com and explained each page as he went. These pages are listed in the Menu Bar at the top of the Ancestry.com Home Page and are from left to right, Home, Family Trees, Search, Collaborate, Learning Center, DNA, Publish, Shop, and Hire an Expert.


You can start by going to http://www.ancestry.com . After clicking on each of the links listed above, use the Back Button on your browser to return to te home page and then select the next link.


If you belong to Ancestry you might get signed in and your home page will be different. You can click on Sign Out to see what the handout looks like. To see what you get for free or what you get with each membership, click on Give Me Access on the first page. There is some content that you can get without becoming a member. Click on your Back Button.


Click on Family Trees. This page tells you how to go about either creating or sending up a family tree. You can send up a family tree from FamilyTreeMaker by clicking on the Share link or you can create export your tree as a Gedcom file and send it up to Ancestry. It was pointed out that a Tree sent up to Rootsweb will also get to Ancestry but a tree sent to Ancestry won’t get to Rootsweb. Using Ancestry allows you to collaborate with others making the tree a joint family effort. Click on the Back Button.


Click on Search. Here you can see what records are available, search through all of them or select specific records to search. Enter as much information as you know to limit the responses. You’ll get some answers but can’t see the records without joining but you can get a 14 day free trial. Click on your Back Button.


You can repeat this process for each of the other items on the Menu Bar. Under Collaborate, you get to see inputs from others that affect your tree and also review items that Ancestry thinks fit into your tree. You can accept or reject them. The Learning Center has many tutorials, some geared towards beginners and some covering specific areas of record searching that can be helpful to experienced gealogists. Under DNA you can sign up for DNA testing which involves only a painless swap of your cheek. There is information on how to publish your genealogy under Publish, information on what Ancestry has to sell under Shop and several ways to Hire an Expert to photograph a tombstone, look up a record or other useful service.


Thank You, Dan for a nice presentation.