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How Much Does Ancestry.com Cost?

One of the most common questions people ask is if there is a cost to Ancestry.com, and if so, how much? This is a common inquiry, and the ironic thing is that there is no short answer. Here is everything you need to know about Ancestry.com costs and pricing.

Is Ancestry.com free?

Yes! Well, some if it is, anyway. Ancestry.com has loads of free databases. All you need is a registered guest account. Just be aware that while there are perhaps a hundreds of free databases, you only have a fraction of what’s really available. So it can be a good start, but if you’re serious about genealogy, you’re probably going to want to upgrade eventually, even if you start out with the free databases.

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Is the trial free? Does it include full database access?

Yes! With an Ancestry.com trial membership, you can have access to ALL of Ancestry.com’s records that fall within your chosen membership. For example, if you choose a U.S. trial, you have access to U.S. records. If you choose a World trial, you have access to all records that Ancestry.com has, regardless of country. Just be aware that if you don’t cancel your Ancestry.com subscription, it will bill after 14 days.

So how much does Ancestry.com cost for a full membership?

The prices can actually fluctuate slightly as time goes on, so it doesn’t make sense to put down costs here. In general, you can expect the prices to be about the cost of a couple videos — not bad, considering all of the records you’re getting! The World membership is a little more pricey, but if you have ancestors across the seas, it can be worth it. Just make sure you understand that you’re paying for the cost of your complete membership up front, not on a month by month basis (unless you choose the monthly subscription). The best way to find out current costs is to simply access Ancestry.com (such as by using the links on this page) and click either the “trial” or “subscribe” links at the top of their page.

How can I get an Ancestry.com coupon or discount?

Unfortunately, for a lot of people you can’t. Ancestry.com rarely offers discounts and even more rarely offers coupons. Why? They know they have an excellent product, so they generally don’t have to use promotions like this. Occasionally, there are specials where certain types of databases are free (such as a particular census or military record database). If you are interested in this, one of the best things you can do is to follow @AncestryDotCom on Twitter or to simply check back from time to time. You can also take a look at the button below. It dynamically changes according to Ancestry.com’s latest promotions, so if they have any sort of discount going on, there’s a good chance you will see it here:


If the button above or the banner at the top of the page currently shows a general Ancestry.com message instead of a promotion, then there may not be discount available at this time. So if you’re looking for an Ancestry.com coupon or discount… you might just need to either wait for a while or just pay the full price. That’s the truth, as unfortunate as it may be.

What if I just want to start an online family tree without using their databases?

Oh yeah, that’s 100% free. You just need a registered guest account, but you won’t be charged anything. Start your tree below, and it will transfer over to Ancestry.com.

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