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With billions of records covering 80 countries, Ancestry offers the chance to do a little detective work, discover untold stories about your family, create a family tree, and connect with relatives.
The best part about exploring a new country is getting in touch with the local culture. Yet that can be hard to do in our globalized world, as hipster cafes proliferate and Instagram directs everyone to the same photogenic corner.
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By searching passenger lists and census records, your friends might find family ties to a small town in County Cork, Ireland, creating a compelling reason to explore beyond Dublin.
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Such personal journeys inevitably lead to local interactions off the beaten path—the ultimate goal for serious travelers.
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Learning more about your heritage is a great place when planning a wedding. As two families come together, they carry traditions with them that could inform the wedding day.
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If your mom and dad bemoan that you don’t visit more often, give them an Ancestry gift subscription to show that you really do care about family. Your parents will get a kick out of discovering old wedding announcements, tracing your surname back to a Bavarian village, and perhaps finding royal lineage in your family tree.
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