Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 24, 2011 in Holidays

With the holidays in full swing, and Christmas only a day away, I’m sure everyone is preparing their home for a festive holiday, or possibly traveling to spend time with friends and family afar. Either way, the holidays are a time when we think of family, how important they are in our to us, and cherish the time we get to spend with everyone.

At, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Holidays, and want to let you know that in 2012, we have some really exciting releases coming, including the countdown to the 1940 Census. Both the images and indexes to the U.S Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.

When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state. It will be’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date. is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history.  As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery.

And we also know that you might have some last minute shopping that needs to get done, and we want to help you give the gift of family this year. You don’t have to be the jolly guy in red to be a master gift giver. Just get someone special an Gift Membership, and you’ll give them something truly magical – a way to discover their family story. They’re easy to give and easy to use.

The lucky person who receives a Gift Membership can do all this and more.

  • Start a family tree with a few facts and grow it with help from Hints.
  • Find answers in billions of historical records from the U.S. or the world.
  • Easily add new discoveries to a family tree and share them online.
  • Discover even more in millions of member-submitted family trees, stories and photos.

Get your gift-giving started and click here to send your gift membership.

And remember, everyone has a family. Even Santa. Watch our recent interview with Santa to learn more:


  1. Cherise

    It may be funny to adults, but I was so disappointed that my kids saw the latest Santa commercial (referring to his ancestor the tooth fairy) which was shown during a kids show (Lorax). Even kids understand theres something to a joke. Why would risk alienating parents by airing this commercial during a kids show? It shows an incredible lack of foresight.

  2. BEE

    I am working so hard to get these “hint” lists whittled down! It’s impossible to just delete everything without checking them out, because “1 hint” might actually be 2, 3 or more, including WWI Draft card, and other documents – but I’m checking out “hints” today that I checked out yesterday, including “sorry, that person’s name has been removed” – why this “repeat” of a “hint”?

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