Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ancestry.com GIVEAWAY!

***CONTEST ENDED***

The generous people at Ancestry are sponsoring a give away and they are donating one each of the following:

*6 month US Deluxe Membership

*Family Treemaker 2012 Software

Personally, I have used Family Treemaker software since about version 2.0 and currently use it in conjunction with other software.  It is a great resource.

So to make this fun and creative, I'm going to give you 7 ways to win.

*IMPORTANT*  For each way you enter, please place a SEPARATE comment on this post.  e.g. if you can enter all these 7 ways, there should be 7 comments from you in the comment section.

Deadline:  9PM Pacific Daylight Time Thursday, August 23, 2012

Winners Announced:  by Friday, August 24, 2012

Winners will be determined by a random number generator based on comments.


You can enter in the following ways:

1. Post in the comments if you are a user/member at Ancestry.com.  Please provide your user name to verify.

2. Share in a separate comment your frustrating genealogy "brick wall" (you just can't figure it out).

3. Share in a separate comment your favorite genealogy story/find.

4. Post a layout in the Heritage Scrap Gallery that is created with ANY of the Heritage Scrap designer's products.  Please include a link so I can see! (This needs to be a layout posted during the contest time, not an old one already there please.)

5. Post a layout in the Heritage Scrap Gallery that is created with MY designs.  Please include a link so I can see! This needs to be a layout posted during the contest time, not an old one already there please.)

6. Share this give away on Facebook and then put the link here in a comment.

7. Share about this give away on your blog and then put the link here in a comment.


The more ways you participate, the more chances to win!  Let's have fun with this.

Thank you to Ancestry for providing the gifts in this challenge.

33 comments:

jmdt said...

This is an awesome giveaway!! I'll start with the 1st way to enter. I currently have a free user account at Ancestry.com. (My paid membership there recently expired.) My user name there is jmdt1129

Laura Lou said...

Sure, I will play. I have been using Family Tree Maker since version 5...a gift from one of my daughters. My membership in Ancestry.com was created about the same time. "L_Bashlor" is my user name there.

Laura Lou said...

My Brick Wall Ancestor is shared with a lot of genealogists.
24 Oct 1740,(unsubstantiated)-Newman Scarlett was born. He spent all of his traceable life in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. There are several family stories of Newman’s origin none substantiated. Some say he was a foundling wrapped in a scarlet shawl. Some say he was born to an unmarried mother in England where the sirnames Scarlett and Newman are not unusual. Still others say he was the son of a Boston sea captain. One persistent myth is that he was a child, the lone survivor of a shipwreck off the coast of Massachusetts and washed ashore wearing scarlet clothes. He gave his birth place as Essex, England.

anitab said...

#1 - I am a member at Ancestry.com; username anitab2 (I have a second account as anitabbb, long story behind that.) My subscription expires next month on September 10, I believe.

Okay, Theresa, you've done it now - you've motivated me and made me prioritize!! So many things I want to do, but this giveaway has helped me move heritage scrapping up a bunch on my list! :)

anitab said...

#2 My frustrating genealogy "brick wall":
I want to know, who were the parents of my great-grandfather?!!

George Eugene Brown was adopted by a couple in Texas (Joseph & Elizabeth Baker), but they left his last name as 'Brown'. We've wondered if that was true, but last fall my brother had DNA testing done, and we fit into Brown Group 10; a few other people there are dealing with brick walls, as well!

It would be so exciting to actually find out who his parents were!!

anitab said...

#3 My favorite genealogy find:

Two weeks ago I had been looking up family in the 1940 Census (thank you, Theresa, for your work!!), and I decided to do some searches for my great-great grandmother, Mary King. I knew she had married Thomas King (my great-grandmother's father); but that he had died, and she had married his cousin.

I had a sudden thought to search for her in California, since my great-grandparents had moved from Pennsylvania to California in 1904; and I looked under Mary Gallagher, just in case the cousin had the same last name as her 1st husband. (Please don't ask me why I never did this before!!)

Bingo - there she was, in Belvedere, Los Angeles Co., in the 1910 census, on the page just after my great-grandparents! I also quickly found her in the 1910 census.

I learned so much!! A few things I learned, as I kept looking at the census records:
• her birth year
• her year of immigration - 1861 (I already knew she came from Ireland, but didn't know when or how old she was)
• her year of naturalization - 1865
• that she was a widow 2x, and how long she was married to the 2nd husband
• that she owned her home free in 1910, but with a mortgage in 1920
• that she had 6 live births, but only 2 children still living

But - the most exciting discovery is that she was living with a daughter (I believe she was my great-grandmother's step-sister), and a grandson - this gave me names for several photos that were not labeled! I always believed that the woman and boy were related to her in that way, but had no proof and no names!!

This discovery made me get in and dig a bunch more - found a death certificate for Thomas, wedding records for my great-grandparents, and much more!! I'm also part way through combing the city directories from Pittsburgh, PA, to learn about family members...

I think this is a favorite find, partly because it's a recent find; but it is huge!!

anitab said...

#6 I shared this give away on Facebook. Here is a link - I hope this is correct:
https://www.facebook.com/anita.b.bennett.9

anitab said...

#7 - I've shared about the give away on my blog:
http://aneatabee.blogspot.com/

jmdt said...

This is my #2 entry. One of my brick walls is Jacob Garber/Gerber/etc. He was born about 1800 in Pennsylvania, probably Berks County. He married Ann Campbell in 1825 and had five known daughters and one known son. One of the daughters was my 2x great-grandmother Harriet Garver Sassaman.
I posted more information on Jacob on my genealogy website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jmdt1129/walls/garberjacob.html

jmdt said...

Here's entry #3. My favorite genealogy find (right now) is finding the maiden name and parents of my 3rd great grandmother Mary (nee Swavely) Dilliplane. She died before 1850 but I had her first name from the death record of one of her sons. I used the basic FANS (friends, acquaintances and neighbors) approach and developed the theory that she was the daughter of Adam and Ester Swavely. The theory was corroborated by her father's 1842 estate papers - which also named her 12 surviving children since she pre-deceased him! You can bet I was doing the genealogy happy dance!!

Andrea said...

I am not a current member - I have just taken a genealogy class to learn about what I have to do to start my family tree - I've found that ancestry.com has most of the info I want though! I'm unemployed right now, but hopefully once I get a job I can afford the fee to access their info! (But will I have time? The catch 22 :P)

Andrea said...

The "brick" I have had? How does someone born in the 1800's only show up on the census in 1940?? It astounds me that they never moved, yet I can't seem to find them on previous census records! I've tried alternate spellings, alternate family names...I'm at a loss!

Andrea said...

My favorite find is the old newspapers telling of my great grandparents' wedding anniversaries - there's even pictures! (Thanks to Google, they were transcribed!)

Andrea said...

Here is my facebook share, thanks for the chance to win!! https://www.facebook.com/princessariane/posts/187386548061771

Charlene Yang said...
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Charlene Yang said...

Facebook Share: https://www.facebook.com/MercurialAmi/posts/273982739370274

Charlene Yang said...

CharlenYang @ Ancestry.com

Charlene Yang said...

Getting stuck finding relatives during college years!

Charlene Yang said...
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Charlene Yang said...

Finding relatives through Ancestry.com!

jmdt said...

Here's my next entry - posted about this on my genealogy blog here: http://jmtomko.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/ancestryfamily-treemaker-giveaway/

jmdt said...

I created a layout of my great-grandfather for entry method #4. Used LeJardin Addon (recolored) from Idgie. Here's the link: link

jmdt said...

Here my entry for sharing on facebook. I don't know how to create a link to a facebook post/status, but my facebook page/timeline/whatever is here: http://www.facebook.com/janis.tomko

(can you tell i'm not big into fb!)

Vickilynn said...

Hi!

I am a registered guest (free) at Ancestry.com

My name there is realfoodliving

Vickilynn said...

HI again,

I have hit many brick walls because there is just a lack of information one can garner for free.

Vickilynn said...

3. My fav find was the manifest from Ellis Island which included my grandmother and her siblings.

Vickilynn said...

Can't do #4 or #5 as I don't know how to scrap book.

Vickilynn said...

I posted the giveaway on FB here:

https://www.facebook.com/RealFoodLiving

MiMi said...

I have a free user account since my free 2 weeks expired. My user name is pamt I think...

MiMi said...

my brick wall is my great grandparents coming over on a ship. Cant find them before they settled here.

anitab said...
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anitab said...

#5 - I've posted two layouts in the Heritage Scrap Gallery that are created with YOUR products.
Here is a link for the second one:
http://www.heritagescrap.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=16170&title=1896-1902b-abt-augustdelia-4web&cat=715

anitab said...

#4 - I've posted two layouts in the Heritage Scrap Gallery that are created with YOUR products.
Here is a link for the first one:
http://www.heritagescrap.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=16168&title=1896-1902a-abt-augustdelia-4web&cat=715