Posted by Ancestry Team on February 1, 2014 in Contest

ACOM_BranchOut250x250_badgeIt’s February 1st and that means time to kick off Cycle 3 of the Branch Out contest where you have a chance to win one on one time with a professional genealogist, an AncestryDNA test, a one-year subscription to, and a photo book from MyCanvas.  

We are giving away six (6) of these great prize packages. Heidi Hall was our big winner in October, Stacy Woodley won in December, and we are looking for our next lucky recipient. Could it be you? The next drawing will be held on March 3rd, 2014 so submit your entry now!

Simply provide your name, complete mailing address, email address, phone number, and a brief story (not to exceed 500 words in length) of your family history (the “Theme”). Please note the submitted stories will not be judged or graded, but it a mandatory step in entering the Sweepstakes. If you entered the contest in Cycle 1 or Cycle 2, please note you will need to submit a new entry to be eligible for the Cycle 3 contest.

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.


The Grand Prize winner, upon confirmation of eligibility, will receive the following prize package:

(a)   Twenty (20) hours of ProGenealogists research

(b)   One (1) year World Explorer Plus Membership

(c)   One (1) DNA kit

(d)   One (1) 8×8 Premium Leather Photo Book from

The Grand Prize package has an Approximate Retail Value of $3,346.


Make sure to enter now! Good luck!



*, at its own discretion, may select additional winners during the Promotional Periods.


  1. WhyNot?


    Ancestry has a history of limiting contest entries and hiding that fact on another page.
    “Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 United States (or the District of Columbia), who have the age of majority in his or her state of residence at the time of entry.

  2. Angela Rainey

    Hey, I really need help with my family I can’t get past a wall. I think I am near but I need help pushing over the stones. I want to win this so bad!

  3. Reginald Trumpington

    @Andy “What do I put in the Provide a brief story about your family history part?”

    A brief story about your family history.

  4. Kris

    Don’t worry Canadians, I am an American and it wont let me register either. Bastards and their anti-military ness.

  5. Since has the web site for research for the world, it should let the whole world enter the contest. I know for a fact that I will not win so why even try. I ran up against a brick wall with my grandmother (Clara Bontiel Schreffler) father Cornelius Bontiel. All of sudden he appears then disappears. As for her Mother, well can’t find no where. Ancestry will not even say that either lived, so why try. Good luck to whom ever wins.

  6. Karen Forehand

    Thanks Ancestry for this contest. Don’t know the odds of my winning but I’m hopeful! I have been seriously researching for about 5 years now. And have made some HUGE discoveries. I was even able to connect with another member who had a picture of my great great grandmother and her father my 3xgreat grandfather. And my uncle bears a striking resemblance to him! For those of you who complain you can’t find anything, the ancestry commecials are deceiving, most of my finds have been while sitting what seems like forever in the wee hours of mornings, sifting thru bunches of records before finding one small piece of the puzzle. But then it is so gratifying!!

  7. Anne

    Ancestry has other versions of their site for other countries, such as They run separate contests there.

  8. I wish they would open up this contest to those of us who are paying members of, but live in Canada. I am a second generation Canadian, with my ancestors living in the U.S since the 1600 and 1700s until the early 1900s. Would love to be able to enter this contest to have the opportunity to win and get help in researching more on my U.S ancestors. Please, in the future, allow Canadians to enter as well.

  9. L. Howard

    Canadian money is good enough for a worldwide membership but not good enough to enter your contests. Why shouldn’t we qualify to get assistance from the professionals to help find our ancestors? Just one more disappointment from a biased organization.

  10. Mikki

    Why is it that today is the first time I have seen any thing mentioning a contest on Facebook? AND comments open only until Feb. 15th? Something is very wrong here.

  11. Kristie Wells

    We are working with our international counterparts to see how we might be able to do something similar across all regions. Please stay tuned. Each country has its own sweepstakes laws, so there is some work to do before we can roll this out across the globe.

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