Are you ready to dig through your family's past with Ancestry? The first thing you will need to do is sign up for an account on the website.
In case you're not already aware, in order to sign up for Ancestry, you will need to pick an Ancestry subscription and pay for it. If you want to create a free account (which does not allow you to see records from certain databases) or get a two-week free trial of the services exclusive to paid memberships, visit our Ancestry Free Trial tutorial for instructions. Otherwise, read on.
To create an Ancestry.com account
Go to www.ancestry.com in your web browser.
On the home page, click Subscribe Today.
The next page will ask you to select a subscription plan. (The graphic below the plans will lay out the details of the features that you get with each option.) To choose a pricing plan, click the button beside it. Then click Get Started.
Next, it will ask you to input the basic information associated with your account. Click the respective 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 to get hints on making a strong password, or click Hide Password to make it appear as bullet points to keep people from spying on it).
When you're ready to move on, click Continue.
Finally, you will be asked to input your payment information. Click one of the buttons at the top to select either a credit card or PayPal (an online payment service) as your payment option. We'll assume that you want to pay with a credit card; in that case, 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 if you need help finding where on your credit card this number is), your mailing code, and your country.
When you're ready, click the check box beside "I Have Read and Agreed to The Terms and Conditions" to mark it, and then click Start Your Membership. (It will say "Start Your Free Trial", like it does here, if you are signing up for a free trial account.
On the next screen, you will confirm your order, and after that, you're ready to use Ancestry.com! Congratulations!