The Real Cost of Tracing Your Heritage

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2012-03-28T16:12:32Z

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Scour the Web

In the past, learning your history meant quizzing family members. Today, the Web makes it much easier, and on April 2 there will be even more data. That's when the 72-year limit on 1940 census data expires. The data will be indexed by sites such as Ancestry.com, so you can peer into the lives of 132 million people living in America at the time. There are plenty of free sites, such as USGenWeb.com and Linkpendium.com, as well as free search engines that scour Mormon Church Records and Ellis Island Passenger lists. You can find them on AncestorHunt.com. Or get a six-month membership to World Explorer for $150 at Ancestry.com.

Running Tally: $150

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