Family stories are what makes genealogy so rewarding. Funny, moving, unusual or heartwarming, real-life tales of your ancestors' activities bring them to life in a way names and dates alone can never do. Here, we're giving you the chance to share your favourite stories, and enjoy those from other members. Perhaps you can pick up tips from their research?
Do you have a funny, exciting or unusual family story to share? Send it to us, and you could win two day-passes to a National Trust property of your choice, plus a cream tea voucher.
Please use no more than 300 words and include your name, address and phone number. We'll select one winner each month, plus two other stories to publish here. See *terms and conditions.Send us a story
If you have interesting pictures of your ancestors you'd like to share, why not join our Flickr group? It's absolutely free, and is a great way to meet other members researching the same people. Check out our current photos and find out how to join
Download and print these member's stories which reveal top tips for taking your family stories and proving them right — or wrong!
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The Promoter of the prize draw is Ancestry.com UK Limited (CRN: 05246359) of Amberley Place, 107-111 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1TE. The draw is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, except employees and immediate families of the Promoter, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this draw. Only one entry per person, entries submitted which don't win will be carried forward to the next month's draw, no bulk or third party entries. The entry must consist of your name, address, contact phone number and email along with your family story and relevant photographs. Closing date for receipt of all entries is the 28th day of each month with the final prize draw closing on 28 December 2010. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. No responsibility can be accepted for entries incomplete, delayed, damaged, wrongly delivered or not received for whatever reason. No cash alternatives to the prize will be offered, and the prize is not transferable. The winner will be notified by e-mail or phone within 14 days of each closing date. An independent person will draw the winning entry. The Promoter's decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. By entering into this draw you accept these terms and conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should circumstances make this necessary. The winner's name and county will be available 28 days after each closing date from Ancestry.co.uk, 3rd Floor, Waterfront Building, Hammersmith Embankment, Chancellors Road, London, W6 9RU, UK. The Promoter reserves the right to use the winners name in promotional activity relating to this draw. In the event of any prize not being claimed within 1 month of each closing date, a redraw will take place with no further obligation or liability to the intial winner.