How Much Does Cost?

Last updated: May 15, 2017 - 6:24pm EDT

Is free?

Some parts of are free, but for the most part, it is not free.  There is an option for a free trial or a guest account (see our Ancestry Free Trial tutorial for instructions on how to get either of these), but if you want access to certain records (or) after your free trial expires, you will have to pay either a monthly rate or a 6-month subscription fee.  The amount of money that you have to pay is dependent on which subscription package you select.

It's important to remember that your subscription will automatically renew itself after it expires, which means that you will be charged for it again unless you cancel it.  On the bright side, if you purchase a subscription that is longer than one month, you can receive a full refund if you cancel an initial subscription within 30 days of purchasing it (plus the free trial period, if you use it) or a renewal subscription if you cancel within 7 days (a week) of the renewal date.

See our How to Delete an Account tutorial for instructions on how to cancel a paid subscription to Ancestry. Price Plans

(NOTE: all prices are in U.S. dollars.)

U.S. Discovery


6-MONTH COST: $99 ($16.50 per month)

FEATURES: All U.S. databases, including all U.S. Census records between 1790 and 1930

World Explorer


6-MONTH COST: $149 (about $25 per month)

FEATURES: All U.S. databases, and databases from countries such as Mexico, the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and France

World Explorer Plus


6-MONTH COST: $199 (about $33 per month)

FEATURES: All U.S. and international databases, plus all newspaper records from and all military records from

Other products

Ancestry also sells:

  • D.N.A. testing kits ($99 each)

  • A desktop version of the Family Tree Maker software ($40 for either Windows or Apple)

  • Gift Subscriptions (at the same rates as in the section above)

  • Various custom family history books, posters, and calendars

That's a bit of information about the costs associated with using!


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