Posted by 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.


Adam Murphy 

Excellent contest Jessica! Good luck to all the applicants. I’m not sure if has all county clerk info contact, info, but I just updated my database over at – you, and others might find it useful in digging up physical documents on your genealogy hunt. I made the site because I saw there was no easy one-stop-shop for all of these contact details 🙂 Good luck!

August 1, 2014 at 10:36 am
Barbara Morgan 

It’s to bad that Canadians can’t try for the prize’s
Regard’s Barb

August 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm
Kasandra Evans 

wow what an excellent opportunity

August 2, 2014 at 7:02 am
Fred (in Canada) 

Ancestry should restrict solicitations to enter a contest to eligible entrants – otherwise your sending spam.

August 2, 2014 at 7:07 am
Susan Quinn 

Why not Canadians?

August 2, 2014 at 7:14 am
Jessica Murray 

We will be hosting similar contests outside the United States in the coming months, stay tuned for details!

August 2, 2014 at 10:06 am
Pam Merrill 

Awesome sweepstakes

August 3, 2014 at 12:49 am
Cherlyn Bruns 

Thank you for this great contest. Not only great for winners, but I love to read about others success. It sometimes gives me ideas for my own research. Thanks also to Adam Murphy for the resource.

August 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Mary Ann Dunwoody 

I would so love to win! I seem to be so spread out these days in my research, I wouldn’t have a clue what to work on with a “Pro.” But I’d find something!

August 6, 2014 at 8:03 am
Ingo ter Meulen 

Hopefully it will become available for Germany one day. Got interested in the DNA kits a while ago, but it’s only available for American residents. In some areas ancestry doesn’t seem to be an internationally working company.

August 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Never had the opportunity to research my “roots”. Old Yankee stock with Dan’l Boone in the mix somewhere.

August 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm
Susan gionti 

I would love to win this. Great prize!

August 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm
Marty Smith 

Would love to win.

August 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm
nancy shay 

thank you

August 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Patricia Saville 

I have researched and researched…I still keep going. Each day I find something new about someone already in my tree. To win this would mean finishing at least 1 part of my zillions of ancestors…and that would bring me great joy. Thanks for opportunity..

August 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Andrea Force 

This would be great. I’ve hit quite a few brick walls with my paternal grandfather

August 29, 2014 at 7:42 pm
Viola Salash 

I want to m ake sure I h ave my tree correct

August 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm
Maria Oquendo 

would love a chance to win

August 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Cheryl Burton 

I would love to win!!!

August 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm
Karen Meyer 

With Smith and Jones in my line and Meyer in my husband side (much Like Smith and Jones in Germany) could use the help for sure.

August 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Niki French 

Could use your help!

August 30, 2014 at 3:41 am
James Swanson 

Would love to find out more, I have some work done.

August 30, 2014 at 3:42 am
Ann Davis 

Would love to find out more. I Love Ancestry and have found some real interesting facts about our families.

August 30, 2014 at 4:26 am
Leticia Stiles 

Would love help with family tree.

August 30, 2014 at 5:53 am
Lee W. 

This free weekend is killing me. I can’t get any original documents to load and if they do load, they won’t print.

August 30, 2014 at 7:09 am
carolyn gattegno 

I already have Do I have to purchase something else? confused

August 30, 2014 at 10:32 am
Dannette pierce 

Would love to win. Already a member, love to work on family history. I have learned a lot.

August 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

Every day I browse through the hints, do quick searches and look for the loose ends. I am stuck right now, but I know I will find my way around the brick wall in good time! Love the research and the history!

August 30, 2014 at 11:12 am
Janice Knori 

Fid u miss the contest?

August 30, 2014 at 11:23 am
yolanda salinas 

I never knew my dad i believe i found out the truth for 54. Years didn’t know my race .my son’s would me all the time now happy tears know.still looking for family mom was adopted arms she now suffers memory lost.til you ancestry for those few pieces of diamonds we find.

August 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

Love Ancestry, have used it for 10 yrs and would love to win!!! Its been a connection for our family and have hooked up many on FB now!!! Research is such a “Treasure Hunt”!!!

August 30, 2014 at 11:54 am
Elaine T. Cole 

It would be spectacular for me to win this prize. So many of my hours are spent tracing my ancestry.

August 30, 2014 at 11:57 am
Elizabeth Remmel 

Would love to know how I relate to the pilgrams. I know I have three relations.

August 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Alicia Bland 

Great contest I love

August 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Kathleen Amos 

Love the show!!!

August 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Lois Rotella 

Having trouble finding information on my dad’s side. His parents were norn in italy but they both died before I was born. Would love the help finding the information.

August 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Susan Marbella 

I used Ancestry before to help me research my mother’s Italian roots.

August 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Mary Morrisroe 

I would love to trace our Jewish and possibly Romanian ancestry. Total surprise on our DNA test!!

August 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Lynn Pinkstaff 

Awesome sweetstakes! Having a lot of trouble with the Armstrong family, as well as the Stoltz family. Would love, love, love to win!

August 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I would love this more than anything. I love it’s helped me while being on the transplant list at Mayo. Thanks again

August 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm
Tina King Miller 

I would love to win this! My Dad was sold for a $100.00 when he was 2 yes old. I would love to find out if I am a true King.

August 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm
Cindi (Moon) Burgette 

I started doing the family genealogy when I was 20 years old, 31 years later. Every new piece of information is like Christmas!

August 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Debra Berglund 

Would love the help if the Pro Genealogists.

August 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm
Saroya Ann Melfe 

I LOVE & would truly LOVE to win this!!!

August 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm
Mary Wilson 

I would love help to find out more about my maternal lines. I am at a very tall brick wall on these families. NO ONE knows anything, those who might have are no longer with us.

August 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

This would be amazing to win!

August 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm
Shelley Smallwood 

Awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!

August 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm
Amber Bowman 

Thank you for the opportunity.

August 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Would really love to do more DNA test and find more family members.

August 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Richard Nash 

I Love, But even with 8 gigs of ram the program will not handle the amout of names I have entered over the years… I would be a member now, but cannot separate or divide the indiviguals.. When I do the program marries me off to some womanfrom the 1600’s.. If I ever fing a time to re-enter all the information I will most definatly sign up once again!!

August 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm
Connie Donaldson 

The DNA test would be amazing

August 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm
Catherine Shemonic 

Would be so awesome to win!

August 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Monica Blackwell 

Have too many dead ends. Any help would be great!

August 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Catherine Shemonic 

Awesome prize!

August 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Teresa Higginbotham 

This would be a dream to win this cause I have so many unanswered questions when it comes to my ancestors. Just can’t afford to buy the packages I need cause I am a little slow when looking for my kinfolks.

Thank you so much.

August 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm
Sharon McKee 

I would live to find out more about my husbands family. I can’t get past his grandparents on his mothers side !

August 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm
Kathryn Finley 

This contest is amazing!

August 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Sandra Fry 

My mother was adopted. I would love to find out about her biological family.

August 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Julia Sendelbach Michael 

I would love to win this and get the opportunity for some help is find what happened to my great grandfather and go back beyond him to trace my heritage. He has disappeared into thin air!

August 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm
JoAnn Butler 

This would be so nice!

August 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm
Teresa dafft 

I think this is awesome

August 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Linda Washburn 

I would love to win

August 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm
Tina Davis 

This is so wonderful! Good luck every one!!

August 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm
Mary Hagood 

I wanna know my family tree

August 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm
Josephine Guild 

My father’s family came here just after the Mayflower. I would love to learn about them.

August 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm
Mary Schaubhuth 


August 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm
Linda Dorman 

I love Its helped me find many relatives and helping others too

August 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm
Stacy Rush 

Ancestry has been a great help in finding out about our family.

August 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Billie Anderson 

I would life e to win this!

August 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Pam Latham 

I started my family tree several years ago. Hubby and I went thru some rough health problems but doing much better so I can start again.

August 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm


August 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm
Karen Bernardy 

This would be great!

August 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Candace Millsop 

I absolutely love the help Ancestry has given me since I started my tree. I still have a wall or two but all it takes is patience. I have connected with more cousins on here too. You have made my search a little easier…Thank You!!

August 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm
Janet Carey 

Thank you for WDYTYA. The shows are interesting, moving and informative in my own search.

August 31, 2014 at 12:27 am
Katharine A Brooks 

I would love a chance to win to find out about my family history on my mom side I found out he have Native American Indian on he side but have no clue on where to begian thank-you

August 31, 2014 at 4:50 am
Trent Megill 

Would like info of my surname and maternal grandmother’s lineage.

August 31, 2014 at 5:11 am
Josephine Robinson-Reed 

Member! Anxious to take that next step!

August 31, 2014 at 5:35 am
Melissa Watson 

Having z hard time with a few of my branches

August 31, 2014 at 5:52 am
Sherrii Heisel Williams 

Thank you for the opportunity! Would love to find out about my great great grandfather for my mother before she passes!

August 31, 2014 at 7:01 am

I have been using Ancestry for several years now and have reached a dead end on several areas due to the fact that I can’t afford the global membership and also lack of information due to limited family contact, I would absolutely love to win this, especially the DNA. Thank you for the opportunity!

August 31, 2014 at 7:16 am
Annette Hayward 


August 31, 2014 at 7:17 am
Lori Lindsey 

I Love this I wish I could find some more info on my grandparents on my mom side she never new them her mom was raised in a children home

August 31, 2014 at 7:52 am
Patricia Rodd 

I have had several dead ends! doing my research on my great great grandfather’s side.

August 31, 2014 at 8:10 am
Mary Helen Biel 

Would love to win this if I could find the click button.

August 31, 2014 at 8:23 am
Dee Thomas 

Would love to win this and learn more of my family history!!

August 31, 2014 at 8:55 am
Sandra Henderson 

I love to win the DNA kit. I would like to do my grandmother and great grandaunt. Which one is 96 and 104, the two oldest living relative.

August 31, 2014 at 9:02 am
Lynn Calloway 

Would love to have this done for my husband family they are from the south and they didn’t keep very good records

August 31, 2014 at 9:33 am
Michele Rodriquez 

I would love to find out for certain who my great grandma’s parents were.

September 1, 2014 at 6:43 am
And The Winner of the August Branch Out Contest is… 

[…] LIKE TO THANK all those who entered to win the August round of our Branch Out contest! We received thousands of submissions, which included some inspiring stories from our community. […]

September 16, 2014 at 9:03 am