Empowering the Next Generation of History Makers

AncestryK12® provides educators with access to classroom resources, professional learning tools, and Ancestry® historical record collections at no cost to help students find their personal place in history.

AncestryK12® materials are designed to help students learn more about themselves, navigate the world around them, and become more resilient.

Millions of records at no cost:

AncestryK12® provides K12 educators with access to content from Fold3®, Newspapers.com and the U.S. collection of Ancestry® at no cost.

Are you an educator or school administrator? Apply for access to all the original and primary documents of Ancestry's U.S. Collection, Fold3 and Newspapers.com at no-cost for one year.


Ancestry® has the world’s largest online family history resource, home to billions of historical records, millions of family trees and much more.


Fold3® provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.


Newspapers.com™ is the online home of 216 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 4,400+ newspapers in the United States and more.

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AncestryK12 offers free access for three years to all the original and primary documents of Ancestry's U.S. Collection, Fold3 and Newspapers.com for use in curriculum.



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Through leading educators from around the country AncestryK12 has developed lesson plans targeting a number of core subjects. Download lesson plans in PDF format here.

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"Family history projects for K12 students build powerful inquiry skills. The sources and documents found on ancestry.com have allowed my students to make connections between their ancestors, historical places, and events in time. Their research journey has provided powerful insights into their own family and has allowed their Social Studies curriculum to come alive in relevant and exciting ways."

— Kristen Ziller, Library Media Specialist, Pine Hollow Middle School, Raleigh, NC

"Key to our success is engaging youth with our shared heritage and we could not do this without our wonderful relationship with Ancestry.com. Without your support and expertise, students around the region, and soon the nation, would face greater challenges in their work as they attempt to research soldiers from their community who fought and died in the American Civil War. Indeed, I doubt they would become engaged at all. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping our educational programs, which bring history alive for all."

— Cathleen (Cate) Magennis Wyatt, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

As a New York City educator, I’ve found the extensive resources on Ancestry.com to be an invaluable teaching tool.

— Tamara I., NYC Dept. of Education

“Never forget.” Over 2,500 plaques dedicated to individuals, ships, or units that served in the Pacific during WWII line the walls in the Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War. It is heartwarming to see children and school groups reading and remarking on the different plaques that have been put up in honor of those brave men and women who fought in WWII. Many times I overhear them getting excited over these personal histories and their desire to look them up on the Internet and find out more about them. Thanks to ancestry.com this can become a reality. Ancestry.com enables these young minds to become passionate not only about the history of their own families, but that of the courageous men and women who stepped forward to do their duty in WWII because they were patriots and knew that they were all that stood between their homeland and those who would destroy it. Thank you, ancestry.com, for helping to enable the younger generation to experience a personal connection with “The Greatest Generation.”

— Stephanie Hagee, Director of Memorials and WWII Genealogical Society, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, TX