I have this dream that one day someone will hand me the money to go on the family history trek of my choice. Not the one that takes me to Pittsburgh, to coal mines in western Pennsylvania, or to dig through a shoebox full of photos at my parents’ house in Alabama – all fantastic places, but if someone else is footing the bill, I’m going to find my Italian line. Southern Italy. Coastal. Villas. Vineyards. And Venturas – my grandfather’s surname.
No one, however, has offered to send me there yet. You, on the other hand, may have a chance, if you’re the winner of the Ancestry.com Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes.
Grand prize should cover your trip, regardless of your family’s place of origin — $20,000 in travel cash. Don’t know where they’re from? That’s covered too: you get genealogy and local experts to help you out. And if, after visiting, you tire of that family line, you can easily switch to researching another since the grand prize winner and five of his or her family members score annual World Deluxe subscriptions to Ancestry.com, gratis.
The sweepstakes is running in conjunction with the series Who Do You Think You Are? which airs Friday nights on NBC beginning March 5. And like all good contests, there are some official rules to read before tossing your cappello in the ring. Rest assured that your chances are even better since, as an employee of Ancestry.com, I can’t actually enter to win. But you can – and often: once each day now through April 30.
Enter the sweepstakes and learn more at www.ancestry.com/sweepstakes.
About Jeanie Croasmun
Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...