By: Carolyn Fitchard
An Ancestry.com free trial lets you test out key features that make the genealogy service popular with millions. But while there’s lots to explore, the free trial are also limitations. The Groupon Coupons team is here to give you the lowdown on what you can and can’t do with an Ancestry free trial. We’ll also key you in on some important things to watch out for to ensure your free trial remains 100% free.
Ready to get started? Read on for everything you need to know about the Ancestry.com free trial.
Signing up for Ancestry.com’s free trial is easy! Just follow these steps:
Ancestry guides you through the process of building a family tree starting with your own details and then moving on to your parents and grandparents. You’ll occasionally receive Ancestry Hints—records, details, and photos—you can verify and approve to turn your family tree into a richly drawn story.
During your free trial, you’ll merely scratch the surface of the billions of records available in the Ancestry.com database. Use the Search function to find names in birth, marriage, and death certificates, immigration records, and census and voter lists.
No need to do all the hard work yourself! Explore millions of Public Member Trees to find connections to your family. If any exist, you can use Member Connect to contact the owner and merge your trees.
If you sign up for an All Access subscription, you can use Fold3 and Newspaper.com to search for family members’ military records and newspaper article mentions.
You’ll need an AncestryDNA kit, which is separate from the Ancestry.com subscription service, in order to unlock secrets about your origins and ethnicity. With the kit you can also find living relatives through DNA matches. AncestryDNA frequently goes on sale, so be sure to check our guide for the best time to buy it.
This service is part of AncestryDNA Traits, an add-on to a AncestryDNA kit. It uses your DNA to clue you in on personal traits you share with people around the world, including things like hair color, finger length, cleft chins, and earwax type. Yes, earwax type.
Even though Ancestry markets this free trial period as 14 days, you only have 12 days to cancel before getting charged. And the cancellation process may take a few days to complete. That means even if you start the process on Day 12, you could still get charged. Our advice is to cancel your plan immediately after signing up to avoid getting charged. But never fear; even if you cancel your subscription early, you’ll still have the full 14 days to explore the service for free.
If you do unwittingly become a paid member, be aware that subscriptions auto-renew, so you’ll need to cancel before that period ends to avoid yet another charge.
Even though you may be tempted to get a 6-month subscription for the advertised savings, there’s really no reason to select it; the monthly subscription is plenty of time to explore the free trial. Plus, you may end up locked into a pricier plan if you don’t cancel in time. Signing up for a monthly membership will minimize a potential hit to your wallet.
When you’re ready to cancel your membership (and we recommend doing so sooner rather than later), just follow these steps:
If you’re happy with your Ancestry free trial, be sure to check out our collection of Ancestry sales and discounts to save on AncestryDNA kits and subscriptions.