Contest for free 6 month Ancestry US Deluxe Membership and FTM 2012 Software

How would you like to win a 6 month US Deluxe Membership from as well as a copy of Family Tree Maker 2012?  Remember when we started back to school and the teacher wanted you to write about what you did during the summer? To be entered in the contest all you need to do is post a comment below telling me what genealogy find or activity you did this summer.  

Comments to this post between now and Friday 12 PM MST will be entered in a chance to win. I will use to pick the winner.  The winner will be announced on the blog Saturday July 21st.  The winner must provide me with their email address.  Good luck!

Thank you to for supplying the contest prize.


Randy Seaver said…
Hi Amy,

This summer, I used the 1940 US Census on to find differences between Ancestry indexing and FamilySearch indexing for some of my family surnames.

Randy Seaver (
Lee said…
I learned how to use Wordpress from Dear Myrtle and created a blog about my mother's family called the Norwitz Cousins Club. Also I volunteered to do the blog for the Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society.

Lee Levin
Lindell said…
Using the city directories on Ancestry, I found a date listed for the death of my great-grandfather. I ordered and received a copy of his death certificate. Even though it was missing his parents' information and his place of birth, it had his place of burial. A phone call to the cemetery revealed a lot more information about other family members! This search has been very difficult. I don't think it would have been possible without those city directories.
tucsonjane said…
Hi, I've been using to search historic archive newspapers for articles on both my paternal and maternal sides of family. My grandmother(mother's mother) was the "Rose Carnival" Queen in San Jose, CA .. a big deal in 1910. Also found some amusing newspaper court reports on ancestors of my third cousin..all in Portland's "The Oregonian" newspaper. Heading to Oregon in August for a high school reunion and for more searches in archives at state capitol, several county courthouses + historical societies and, as always, visits to more cemeteries!
Barbara Salyer said…
Barbara said. . .
I searched the 1940 Census Index for Arizona on Ancestry for my husband and his parents and could not find them anywhere. I could find the other relatives, but not them. So, I put in my mother-in-law's first name of Agnes and in Yuma County and sent the search engine to work. The indexer translated the name of Salyer to "Delyser". I looked at the digital image of the census, and the spelling of "Salyer" is perfectly clear.
So, don't give up the first time around - the family you want is probably there.
This summer I went to the Colorado State Archives and obtained the 1881 marriage license and certificate for my great great grandmother's sister. I've been looking for it for YEARS!
Nancy said…
How kind you are to offer this giveaway, Amy. Thank you.

I ordered copies of my great-grandparents' Pennsylvania death certificates. I learned the birth date of my great-grandmother from one. I also re-ordered my great-grandfather's because they sent the wrong one.

I haven't been doing a lot with my genealogy because we've added a generation to our family and I've been watching my grandson grow!

Thanks again for offering this give-away.
This is a great inspiring article. I am pretty much pleased with your good work. You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging.
Barbara said…
Hi Amy,

This summer I traveled to Vermont and picked through the town records of Topsham. I photographed tombstones of my immigrant Irish ancestor, his wife, and 3 generations of his descendants. I located his estate papers at the county seat and learned about what his widow had to do to settle his estate (he died at the age of 35 in an accident). I investigated the man from his hometown in Ireland (unknown) and photographed his descendants' headstones. I copied hundreds of pages of deeds in an effort to locate the land on which my immigrant ancestor lived. I drove up the hill on which he died and took pictures for my family.

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