Not sure if Ancestry is something that you'll find fun or useful, and want to take it for a test drive before you commit to it? Ancestry gives you the option to access the paid features of the website free for 14 days before having to pay for them, so go ahead and try it out! You can also get a free account without a free trial or a subscription, but you won't be able to get into the databases of records on Ancestry that require a paid subscription to access.
How to get a free trial of Ancestry.com
Go to www.ancestry.com in your web browser.
On the home page for Ancestry, click Start 14-Day Free Trial.
On the next page, you will have to select a subscription plan that you want the free trial for. (The graphic below the plans will give you a detailed breakdown of the features you get with each different option.) Click the button beside a pricing plan to select it, and then click Start Free Trial.
On the next page, you will set up your basic account information. Click in each of the labelled boxes here and type in your first name, last name, email address, and a password for your account (move your mouse cursor over the button highlighted here to get some tips, or click Hide Password to make it appear as bullet points to protect it from prying eyes).
When you're all set, click Continue.
On the next screen, you'll have to select your payment information. Click one of the buttons at the top to select whether you want to pay by credit card or PayPal. Assuming that you want to pay by credit card, click in each of the boxes or drop-down menus below these buttons and type in or select your credit card number, your credit card's expiration date, your credit card's security code (move your mouse over the button for help locating this on your credit card), your mailing code, and your country.
Once you've done all that, click the check box beside "I Have Read and Agreed to The Terms and Conditions" to mark it, and then click Start Your Free Trial.
Once your information is verified, you're ready to go!
Note that once your free trial ends, you will be charged the regular amount for whatever your subscription is worth, either for that month or for those 6 months. If you do not wish to be charged for this, you must cancel your free trial. (See our How to Delete an Ancestry.com Account tutorial for instructions on how to cancel a subscription.)
How to get a free Ancestry.com guest account
If you cancel your membership to Ancestry.com, you will be reverted to a guest account. This will still allow you to use most features on Ancestry, such as building family trees and sharing them with others, communicating with other users, and posting messages on the message boards for Ancestry. However, you will not be able to access any of the databases exclusive to paid memberships.
If you want to get a guest account right away, without signing up for a free trial or paid subscription, click this link.
Once you get to the web page, click in each respective box and type in your first name, last name, email address, a password to use, and a repeat of that password. Then click Continue.
That's pretty much all you need to know about getting free trials and free accounts on Ancestry!