WILLIAMSBURG, VA — (MARKET WIRE) — April 11, 2007 — Visitors to America’s Anniversary Weekend will find dozens of compelling attractions and entertainment options, among them free assistance in tracing their families’ journey through 400 years of the nation’s history.
Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online resource for family history, will help visitors explore their family trees by offering free computer access to its site as well as staff guidance on research techniques. Ancestry.com recently provided research that helped the Rev. Al Sharpton trace his family to a plantation in Edgefield, S.C.
Many may find surprising links to Jamestown, which served not only as the place where English settlers first established a permanent presence in America, but is also the place where Indian, European and African cultures converged.
Ancestry.com will have a booth and a bank of computers with Internet access to Ancestry.com in Anniversary Park’s “Democracy Village.” Its resources will help visitors research family roots of many origins.
“The events of America’s 400th Anniversary are re-connecting people of many cultures to the nation’s earliest days, and that connection becomes very real when people find ancestors who were part of the Jamestown story,” said Jeanne Zeidler, Executive Director of Jamestown 2007. “We are pleased Ancestry.com will help be on hand to help guests better understand American history as they explore their family histories.”
“Ancestry.com helps people discover inspiring stories and amazing people who paved the way for a better, more diverse America,” said Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com. “Jamestown is key point in that story for many, many Americans, and we’re pleased be part of this landmark American moment.”
Single-day, date-specific tickets to Anniversary Weekend provide visitors with access to the entertainment and programming at Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement and Anniversary Park. Guests may purchase tickets at $30 for adult and $15 for children 6-12. Children younger than six-years-old receive free admission. Tickets are being limited to 30,000 per day to ensure guests enjoy a comfortable visit.
Anniversary Weekend tickets and accommodations are available through Colonial Williamsburg, the official hotels of the commemoration, and may be reserved by phone at (866) 400-1607 or through www.Americas400thAnniversary.com. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Callers outside of regular operating hours will be prompted to leave a message, which will be returned the next day.
With 24,000 searchable databases and titles, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including MyFamily.com, Rootsweb.com, Genealogy.com, and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive 9.6 million unique visitors worldwide and over 380 million page views a month (Â© comScore Media Metrix, February, 2007).
Jamestown 2007, a sub-agency of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, is coordinating efforts to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. The nation’s first representative government, free enterprise system and culturally diverse society began at Jamestown. State, national, and international commemorative events to salute these legacies began in May 2006 and continue into 2008. Major corporate sponsors of America’s 400th Anniversary include Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Other supporters include Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (NYSE: BUD), AirTran Airways (NYSE: AAI), Consol Energy and CNX Gas Corporation, Dominion, James City County, Lockheed-Martin, McGuireWood LLP, Philip Morris USA, SunTrust, TowneBank and Wolseley PLC/Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Contributors include the City of Poquoson and Rutherfoord Insurance. More information about the commemoration is available at www.Americas400thAnniversary.com.
Julia Burgon for Ancestry.com
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