Trace My Ancestors

When it comes to tracing my ancestors, the process has never been easier. This is, in large part, due to the many advances in internet technology. One of the biggest advances was when we at introduced our proprietary tree matching algorithm. While you don't need to know how we do it, what you should understand is that our process for matching trees is unparalleled. Many have tried to copy what we do, but none have succeeded.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, the short answer is that by submitting the family tree information you already have, you could literally gain tens of thousands of ancestors on your family tree. All because someone else has possibly done the work for you. Instead of researching individual unknown ancestors, you'll be tracing back through lines already done to find those that spark your interest to discover even deeper.

Here's the story of one satisfied customer:

"My family always said that we had an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower, but I never knew if that was true. When I decided I wanted to trace my ancestor, I started with the obvious sources. I asked my parents, grandparents, and cousins to share any family stories and records. Some could give me specific data; some could only give me clues about how to trace my ancestor.

Then I went online and started searching for documentation of my ancestry. One resource that helped me start to trace my ancestor was the Social Security Death Index. It is available at, and it is a great place to start. However, the Social Security Death Index is only useful for twentieth-century sources. I needed to go further into the past.

I was lucky enough to find an elderly great-aunt who had put together a family tree. Now I could trace my ancestor all the way back to the eighteenth century. Happily, the Mayflower lines have been well-documented. They should be - about three million Americans have at least one Mayflower ancestor! Once I found the connections in the eighteenth century, it was easy to trace and verify my Mayflower ancestor.

Now I'm trying to trace another ancestor, a cowboy who may have been a cattle rustler. Trying to trace my cowboy/outlaw ancestor is taking my research in a whole new direction."    ~ Donna

Do you have an ancestor who sailed on the Mayflower or settled in Jamestown? Maybe you also have a relative who has already started to trace your ancestors. One great place to explore and expand your family tree is You can save time and make exciting new connections with other researchers who have already done the work. I traced my ancestor at - now you can trace yours.

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