And we roll on with our Tuesday of giveaways! This one is for you genealogy buffs, or any of you who have been thinking of researching your own family history. It’s being sponsored by Archives.com, which provides a single search interface for marriage, birth, divorce, death, and vital records.
Archives.com is a new site in the family history research space that aims to make discovering your family history more simple and affordable; its collection includes over 1.2 billion historical records. You can run a free search on their site to find records from several popular genealogy resources; if you wish to dig deeper, you can purchase a one-year full membership for $39.95. They also offer a 7-day free trial, which you’ll need to cancel before the trial period ends, otherwise you’ll be billed for the next year’s service.
Archives.com gave me a membership to test out and review their site. I liked their family tree builder tool, which allows you to add life events, pictures, and historical records. This lets you get a visual representation while also incorporating all the info you have available.
Nice features in the ancestor search allow you to search for the exact spelling of a family member’s name, or to search related spellings — especially in older records, misspellings and variations are common, so this allows you to search without manually trying to think of and type in every possible variation. An active community forum lets users connect, and you can also set up search alerts in which Archives.com emails you with results when new information becomes available.
One Mashup Mom reader will win a FREE 1-year membership to Archives.com, in addition to one-year memberships to Archives’ two partner sites: Footnote.com and NewspaperARCHIVE.com.
To enter, comment on this post through 11:59 PM CDT on Saturday 5/8/10. Let me know something interesting about your family history, or, why you’d like to research your family history.
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The fine print
This giveaway is sponsored by Archives.com, who provided me with a year’s membership to the site, information about the site, and the free membership for the winner. The winner will be chosen on 5/9/10 through random number generation at random.org.