Posted by Nick Cifuentes on November 30, 2012 in Campaigns, Contest

As family historians, we always wish our ancestors had documented and passed down more. Especially around the holidays as I spend time with family, I think of my ancestors more than ever. What was Christmas like for them? What were their holiday traditions? What kinds of gifts did they give each other and more. The next thought comes as a jab in the ribs as I think to myself that I may not be documenting my own family and traditions well enough for future generations. So, to remind everyone of our own need to document, Ancestry is encouraging photo taking and sharing during this holiday season.

This year we’re encouraging everyone to document and share their family and traditions via Instagram. Simply take some family photos with the instagram app and tag the images with #ancestryholiday. Those that participate will be entered to win a variety of products. You can learn more on’s Facebook page here.

We’re looking forward to spending time with your family this holiday season.


  1. Sheesh

    You people really don’t get it, do you.

    On July 19, 2011, Sean Pate wrote in the Ancestry blog in response to my criticizing the lack of information in the blog regarding who is eligible to enter the 4th Of July Photo Contest:

    “We are always looking for ways to improve our contests and sweepstakes to make the experience better for our fan base. . . . In the future we will be more clear as to whether or not a person can participate in a contest or sweepstakes outside of the United States.”
    In November, 2001 there was another such sweepstakes blogged by the ACOM social media guru. Again, no information. So, I responded:

    “Guess what? The new guys apparently didn’t get the memo. You have to delve deeply into the Official Rules of this contest to discover:
    “Follow Your Roots: Visit Europe™ Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (with the exception of Rhode Island) and void where prohibited.”
    So this contest apparently excludes not only persons outside the United States, but illegal residents, residents of Rhode Island (that $150 filing fee is a real killer, eh?) and inhabitants of any place that prohibits such a contest (but the lawyers didn’t get paid to look for).
    You would think by now they would be smart enough to figure out that non-US subscribers read the blog and to put the entry requirements in the blog before hundreds, if not thousands, of ineligible entries are posted. I guess they’re not!
    Not only is this a Facebook sweepstakes (it’s not a contest, Nick; those are different), it requires a potential entrant to “LIKE US” to arrive at the landing page for the sweepstakes. Is there a financial benefit to ACOM for generating LIKES on a Facebook page? If so, it might behoove Bill Stern and his legal beagles to determine if that constitutes “consideration” in the context of defining an illegal sweepstakes.

  2. Caroline

    These “contests” also totally eliminate those of us who don’t have (or don’t want) smart phones with apps or those who have no Facebook account. And, like Sheesh, I also no longer enter contests where I have to “like” someone or something on FB.

  3. Oxa

    Agree with Sheesh and Caroline. Please stop requiring your customers and potential customers to engage in silly, puerile activities just to enter a contest.

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