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Enter Our Branch Out Contest For Ultimate Family History Package

Posted by Jessica Murray on August 1, 2014 in Contest

IACOM_BranchOut250x250_badget’s August 1st, which marks the next cycle of our Branch Out contest.

We launched the Branch Out program as a way to give Ancestry fans the opportunity to work one-on-one with family history experts on our ProGenealogists team.

Over the last year, we have had great success helping winners including Cheryle WarnbergHeidi HallStacey Woodley, and Cindy Hillman discover important family history they can share with generations for years to come.

So, what do you win?

The Grand Prize winner, upon confirmation of eligibility, will receive the following prize package:

The Grand Prize package has an Approximate Retail Value of $2,496.

So, if you’ve always wanted to receive expert help from our ProGenealogists team, enter the Branch Out contest by clicking here. After entering some basic information, share your family history story! We want to know what you’ve discovered and what you would hope to learn with the help of our expert research team.

The deadline for entries is Sunday, August 31st at 11:59:59 P.M. PT, so sign up today!  The winner will be selected and announced in early September so stay tuned for updates!

Good luck!

*This contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States (or the District of Columbia) and you can read all the Official Rules here.

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Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 31, 2014 in Research

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