Why when it saids free you have to join Ancesery.com

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Have I misunderstood?  This site - WikiTree is entirely free, I have my various subscriptions to different genealogy sites which are not connected to this website.

Ancestry is a different website?  Ancesty, you need to register - 'which is free' it's a sales pitch.  Entice people.  They do occasionally have 'free' access at certain times of the year on various weekends but you'd still need to register.
by Anonymous Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (59.1k points)
You can always have a free guest membership at Ancestry. This gives you access to certain always free collections and the ability to create a family tree.
However, I don't believe this allows you to access other member's trees and if you have found a reference to an Ancestry tree in a WikiTree profile it may be appropriate for you to send a private message to the profile manager asking them what the Ancestry profile contains and could they allow you to see the tree by giving you access to it.
Personally, I don't link to Ancestry trees from WikiTree although I will link to the FamilySearch Family Tree.
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You usually see Ancestry ads on pages when not logged in. These are advertisements and are nothing to do with Wikitree.
When logged in I don't see the ad, not logged in and the ad is there.
by Tess Cameron G2G6 Mach 4 (47.2k points)
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Hi Helen! WikiTree IS free. There are some small ads on the side, which is how WikiTree stays free for members. If you join us, most of the ads will go away, except for these on the G2G forum pages. So, while you may see an occasional ad for Ancestry, WikiTree itself will never ask you for money.

Also, many people here have information, or access to information, and are happy to help others with their research.

~Sandi
by Sandi Wiggins G2G6 Mach 6 (64.7k points)

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