The quest to find out about one’s ancestors is, if you will excuse the expression, as “old as the hills.” It appears throughout human history with great regularity, and manifests itself in a number of well-known places, such as the extensive genealogies that appear in the Old Testament. A number of websites are specifically intended to help modern-day folk with the search for their own ancestors, and Ancestry.com is a good place to start just such a quest. Visitors to the site can type in their family surname and add information to other fields, and then wait as their search engine returns potentially useful material. After performing a basic search, visitors may want to go to the “Learning Center” section of the site. Here visitors can learn about creating genealogy podcasts, family trees, and so on. Another helpful area is the “Ancestry Community” section. Here visitors can post questions about their families on message boards and communicate with like-minded genealogy enthusiasts. Finally, it should be noted that some of these services do require a fee, though visitors can also sign up for a free trial.


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