Going to RootsTech? How about a 4-day RootsTech pass for free?


Don’t miss out on any of the opportunities to win a full, 4-day RootsTech pass, worth about $279!  Last count there were about 16 different contests, with 22 passes up for grabs, posted on our Contests page, but the number varies nearly daily — some entry deadlines arrive, and some new contests are posted.

Here’s why there are so many of these contests going on right now. The wonderful folks who run RootsTech know that there is a huge genealogy community on the Internet, who read blogs and follow social media. Every year they invite several of the most influential of these folks — I’d like to say the cream of the crop, but I’ve been included in the chosen few for most every year now, so that may not entirely be the case 🙂 —  Anyway, seriously, this group of folks they invite to be RootsTech Ambassadors are asked to promote the conference publicly and regularly, so that everyone and anyone who may be interested in family history knows about this really fun and educational event. In return, Ambassadors are not only given a free pass for themselves, but an additional pass to give away.  These Ambassador giveaways will be completed by the end of November.

A little secret…

Now you know why there are so many giveaways right now. And in addition to the RootsTech Ambassadors, the UK FamilyTree magazine is giving away 6 passes.  Granted, they may have thousands of entrants, but between you and me? In past years, some of the blogger contests only had a few dozen entries, making the odds of winning pretty darn good! And if you’ve already registered and win, the RootsTech folks will refund your original registration. It’s just a win, win, everybody wins kinda thing.

Enter ALL the contests, and tell your friends about them. Our website’s contest page is the only place to find them all listed in one place! Follow us on Facebook & Twitter too, to get updates when new contests are posted.

Good luck!






WikiTree 2nd Annual Source-A-Thon offers nearly $5k in Prizes


WikiTree Hosts Second Annual Source-a-Thon

Genealogy community donates $4,600 in prizes

September 1, 2017: Today WikiTree is opening registration for the second annual “Source-a-Thon,” a three-day genealogical sourcing marathon. The event starts on the morning of September 30 and ends at midnight on Monday, October 2. It is timed to coincide with the start of Family History Month in October.

The Source-a-Thon highlights the importance of citing sources for good genealogy. Inexperienced genealogists don’t always record their sources, or their tree has been handed down to them. Second-hand family history deserves to be preserved and shared, but it needs to be verified. Currently, 220,000 person profiles on WikiTree’s 15-million person tree have been identified as needing independent verification.

In the Source-a-Thon, hundreds of genealogists will be working side-by-side — in teams such as the Kiwi Crew, Team Australia, GB Gen, and the Southern Sourcers — to add sources to as many profiles as po


Of last year’s Source-a-Thon, high-scoring participant Charlotte Shockey wrote: “Despite little sleep in 72-hours I had a lot of fun working towards a common goal with my fellow WikiTreers in a competitive spirit! The cherries on top were the real sense of community with loads of laughs and friends that were made.”

To encourage participants, individuals and organizations from around the genealogy community are donating prizes to be awarded at random. Over $4,600 in prizes have been donated, including DNA tests and full memberships from MyHeritage and Ancestry, as well as valuable prizes from FindMyPast, Fold3, Newspapers.com, Legacy Family Tree, RootsTech, National Institute of Genealogical Studies and more. Prizes are still being added. If you would like to donate a prize, contact eowyn@wikitree.com.

To be eligible for the random prize drawings, participants must register in advance and get a “race number.” Registration is now open. See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Source-a-Thon for further details.

WikiTree: The Free Family Tree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See https://www.WikiTree.com.