My mom was one of seven growing up, so my extended family is large. About 20 years ago there was a reunion and someone took the time to put together a packet with our family tree and connections on it. I'm pretty sure seeing that at the reunion started my interest in my family's history. Two years ago, I received a copy of that packet. I was like a kid in a candy store. I feverishly entered names, birth dates and other information onto our family tree. I was excited to see that some of the information had already been filled in due to my previous research on Ancestry.com. I loved getting new clues into our history. It has been so interesting to learn more about our family.
But while my side of the tree goes back hundreds of years, RoadTripDaddy's is noticeably less detailed. My mother-in-law was adopted and the only information we have is her birth parents names from the adoption papers. We have been able to find their marriage license in Chicago as well. But then the track disappears. They seem to appear out of thin air and then disappear again. Every time I sit down to work on our family tree, I try to find more pieces to the puzzle. I started with my MIL's adoptive parents and have filled in quite a bit of information. But the lack of information on her birth parents eludes me. Ancestry.com has helped with the information they have, but I hope that with the continued release of records as time passes will help fill in the gaps.
Recently, the 1940 census information was released to Ancestry.com and they have been working to get all the records scanned, reviewed and posted on their website. As part of the release, members were asked if they wanted to become Ancestry.com Aces. (Fancy, huh?) In turn, I am able to giveaway a 6 month US Deluxe Membership to Ancestry.com. The winner will also receive a copy of Family Tree Maker 2012.
All you have to do to win is comment on this post telling me what person in your family you would like to learn more about from Ancestry.com. For an additional entry, follow my blog and post a comment about it. For a third entry, like my new page on Facebook. I will pick a winner using Random.org on Friday, August 3rd.
Disclosure: This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company who supplied the product for giveaway.