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Trace your family story with a family tree—we make it easy.

  1. Just start with
    what you know.

    Add a few family members to your tree, and we'll search for them in our record collections.

  2. Look for
    the leaf.

    The leaf is a hint—it means we've found something intriguing that may match your ancestor.

  3. View the hint, and save it to your tree.

    The hint could reveal a new name to search or even a new ancestor to add to your tree.

  4. Watch your family story emerge.

    The more you add, the more hints you get. And gradually your family story becomes clearer.

After all, your family story is the story that leads to you.

Stories from Our Members

Holy crow! I'm related to George Washington.”

Just days after beginning her family history search, Emily discovered a truly legendary ancestor. With the help of Ancestry Hints, she traced her family all the way back to her ten-times great grandmother, who just so happened to also be George Washington’s aunt.

Emily found a presidential cousin—who could be hiding in your family tree?

Emily holding a portrait of George Washington

It just made me feel like I belong somewhere.”

When Idries created his family tree, he started with just the name of his parents and grandparents. Soon, Ancestry Hints started popping up: "I was getting all these leaves, taking me back generation after generation."

Joining forces with his twin, Jamil, the brothers uncovered fascinating stories about their ancestors. They both agree, "You feel like you know these people—you feel connected to them."

Twin brothers sitting with portion of family tree above them.

I thought I had married an Italian?”

Marrying into Eric's family, Katherine was told of a rich Italian family history—"My lineage was all Vecchios and the Zuccolis," according to Eric. But when Eric's AncestryDNA results said he was only 16%, Katherine took on the search and discovered an Eastern European ancestor he never knew he had.

Katherine and Eric used both AncestryDNA and a family tree to solve their mystery—how will you begin your journey?

Katherine and Eric standing next to each other with picture of Eric's ancestor.

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