June 4, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | Archives.com 1 yr Membership (w/ Footnote.com & NewspaperArchive.com: Total Value: $200!)

With Father's Day coming up soon, I have a really unique giveaway to share with all of you, one that I hope will intrigue you. 8-)

I was recently contacted by a representative of Archives.com; they wanted to know if I would be interested in reviewing their product and offering a giveaway to you fine folks.

Archives.com offers a new way to research your family history without breaking the bank. At only $39.95/year, a membership allows you to search over 1.2 billion historical records (that's a HUGE amount of info!).

At Archives.com, you can build family trees, tap into their experts to help you in locating the information you need, and - you know I LOVE this idea - get advice on how to build a blog containing your family's genealogy. How cool is that?!

I had the opportunity to take a look at Archives.com and I am impressed most by the level of HELP there is. From tutorials to the articles written by experts on genealogy, to (my fave) the member forums where you can ask questions and post requests for information about your ancestors, Archives.com offers so many different tools to help you get started in researching your family's history.

And, as a frugal-minded mom, I do like the price: $39.95/year is much less (about 80%) than other genealogy sites. And if you just want to poke around a bit, you can try Archives.com for FREE for 7 days - nice!

So why did this particular product & PR pitch interest me? And why do I think it might be something YOU might like, too?

Well, if you haven't ever clicked over here, I do write a personal blog as well as this one. I've been blogging there since 2007 and I have three blue-eyed reasons why: my kiddos.

Yes, I blog there for the sheer joy of writing (and because I have an opinion on just about everything), but I also look at my personal blog as a legacy to my children; I want them to have a record of me in my own words to keep and hold and share with future generations.

I think many of you out there who write personal blogs may feel the same way as well and might be as intrigued as I am at the thought of not just sharing your own stories, but of discovering the stories of those who came before you, too.

Onto this week's giveaway!

I have been graciously given a 1 yr membership to Archives.com and their two partner sites, Footnote.com (over 64 million searchable original documents) and NewspaperArchive.com (over 95 million newspaper pages dating back to 1750), a total value of $200 to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

Leave a comment letting me know you'd like to win - how easy is that? And, if you are already researching your family's history or writing a family genealogy blog, feel free to tell us a bit about that, too - from how the internet has helped your search to funny stories, to finding long lost relatives - I'd love to hear your story!

You can earn an additional (2) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted (add the url from your tweet please).

2. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you MUST leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog - and if you do have a blog that is not public, be sure to leave me a means of contacting you. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on FRIDAY, June 18, 2010, at 10:00 pm EST. I will announce the winners (selected by Random.org) on SATURDAY, June 19, 2010.

Good luck!

*DISCLOSURE: I received a free 1 yr. membership to Archives.com as well; for more about my personal disclosure policy, read my disclosure page.


  1. Hi,

    I'd like to win!

    I have been working on our family tree off and on for several years, but after I was contacted by a "cousin-in-law" working on a part of the family we did not know about I have been at it almost every day.

    I have been scanning my family's old photos and have them posted on Flickr.

    My favorite genealogy find for today is here.

  2. Hello,

    In addition to my regular commented I tweeted the contest as well here:



  3. Oh wow, this would be awesome. My father turns 70 this year and we've been researching our history to compile for a birthday gift!

  4. I subscribe to your RSS feed in Google Reader.

  5. I'd like to win. I'm a volunteer at my local Family History Center. I spend so much time on other people's families that I don't work enough on my own. Having access to these resources at home would help out a LOT. NewspaperArchive.com is very cool. Found some old articles there last year.

  6. I'm a subscriber, via Google Reader.


  7. I would love to win! My husband has been working on his family tree for the past two years, and has found it interesting to learn its history. My ancestors, on the other hand, are all from Japan, so I've had a harder time learning my roots. But, we would love to compile information for our daughter to read some day. :)


  8. Tweet: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/15483898596


  9. I would love to win this! My mom have just start researching our ancestory and a membership like this would be so helpful!!

  10. I subscribe!

    couponsarefun (at) gmail (dot)com

  11. I would absolutely *love* to win this! I started researching my family a little in highschool but never got far - but I started up again about a month ago and I can't stop! So far I've found several "cousins," including the dentist down the street and a guy running for congress in Colorado!

    I use ancestry.com at the library but it's difficult to make it out there regularly. Being able to access it home for free would be an amazing thing! It's funny that you mentioned Father's Day, because I actually started researching again as a Father's Day/birthday present for my dad. He's always talking about the family history so we thought giving him the gift of researched genealogy would be a great idea. He's loving all of the info I'm coming up with and so am I!

  12. I already an RSS subscriber

    Heather adoptivemomma @ hotmail . com

  13. I'd love to win this as a project we are doing before reunion is going back and researching our family history as far as possible!

    Heather adoptivemomma @ hotmail . com