Fold3 Review – Get 7-Day Risk Free Trial

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3.67 Star Rating
Reviewed By Nathan Watson Others

Fold3 is a great site that will provide it’s users with access to US military records with stories, pictures, and documents of the men and women who served. If you want to learn more about our country and it’s history, then fold3 is the place you should stop by first.

Fold3 Features

  • Access to 98+ million original historical images (and increasing)
  • You can comment and print the images
  • Share the images with friends
  • Create a gallery of your favorite images
  • Search, browse, upload images
  • View & search member’s images

Fold3’s focus is original historical and military records from the national archives. You will be spending hours and hours looking through the documents here. You will not find these records anywhere else on the internet. It’s a very impressive database of original documents.

Fold3 Pricing 

There are two type of memberships that Fold3 provides: free and all-access member. The all-access membership is $11.95/month or $79.95/year ($6.67/month).

The difference between the two is with the all-access membership, you will be able to access the 98 million original historical images . Not only that, but you will be able to print, save, and share those images. You cannot do this with a free account.

Fold3 also lets users try out the all-access membership free for 7 whole days. Risk free.

I would start out with the 7-day risk free trial to the all-access membership to see for yourself the difference between the free membership and the all-access membership.

Fold3 is for…

Historians, researchers, veterans and their families, genealogist, teachers or anyone who just wants to learn more about our history. No matter who you are, if you are interested in history, then you will need to check fold3 out.

Explore Unique Collections With Fold3

You will also get access to these collections:

  • American Revolution Archives
  • Native American Archives
  • African American Archies
  • U.S. Bureau of Investigation Case Files
  • World War II Archives
  • Lots More!

Millions of Documents Available

The exact count of original documents that fold3 has is currently 98,347,641+, but millions of new documents are added each month. There is no way to get these documents anywhere else on the internet. Fold3 is the best place on the internet for Civil war, revolution war, WWII and Vietnam War collections.

Talk and Connect To Members of Fold3

One feature that I really like about Fold3 is that you are able to create pages with any of the images on the site. You are able to add your own story pages and write your own articles. Once done, you can share the page with your friends and family. You can even upload your own scanned photos or documents. You can also post this on Facebook.

Sharing your page with your friends and family is a great way to bring history alive.

Don’t Travel Miles To The Archives

Fold3 saves you time and money since you don’t have to travel miles to the Archives. This is a big deal for many people since we don’t have time to drive down to the Archives.

Is Fold3 Worth The Price?

I think it’s a fair price. I wish that they would charge a one time fee instead of a monthly or yearly fee. It’s time consuming going through all these documents and it’s impossible to go through all these documents.

I am a huge history buff, so It’s worth the price to me since I can’t find these original documents images anywhere else. I’ve always loved American history and any history so when I heard about Fold3, I was really happy. You will learn a lot of stuff about our history and other country’s history that will amaze you, surprise you, shock you, or even disgust you.

Whenever I have free time, Fold3 is the first place I go to. It’s become somewhat of an addition to learn about history. I’m glad that such a website exist.

Looking at all these original documents seems like a dream to me since I love history. You won’t even see these in textbooks. The images of the original documents are very clear and the quality is amazing.

Fold3 7-Days Free Trial

You can use the link to try Fold3 for 7 days. You will get access to everything including the 98+ million original document images.

Try Fold3 For Free

24 Comments. Leave new

Was going to subscribe until I read the horrible reviews about the site. It is a shame that what was once a useful tool is now a money making scam according to actual subscribers.


This is an exploitive and dishonest service. Ancestry used to provide the same info as part of the membership. I have had nothing but problems with Fold 3 and I am a forensic genealogist so I am performing due diligence daily. Because my password never worked with the Fold 3 supplied by my employer, I needed info quick so I signed up for a free trial and then was billed. I have never signed up for a free trial of any service that did not remind you before the trial period ran out – except Fold 3. I emailed them and received a snarky answer that since I had forgotten, I was being charged. So Ancestry has now found another way to exploit its users along with Family Tree Maker which they sold. I will state categorically that Fold 3 is a rip-off and just another way to cheat you our of extra money when you have already paid for Ancestry.


What a tremendous waste of time this site is! I couldn’t access my father’s WWII military records other than draft card. I need his US Army Unit in order to get his veteran’s flag. I have all the info except the unit, plus our surname is very rare! I am at a loss to express how poorly organized this site is. Filters do not work as demonstrated in the “tutorial” – in fact they often cancel out other info for the search, even when used exactly per tutorial. Wow, cancelling after 30 useless minutes on Fold3!

Sharron Jones
April 1, 2019 3:46 am

Having all the negative issues listed by other people. Could not find how to stop the free trial and got stung on my credit card for a years sub. Now I cannot even sign in to the damned thing. No response for password resets. Whoever is running this site (Ancestry?) should be ashamed of themselves. Shocking service.


I signed up for a Free Basic Membership 5 months ago. Today they charged my credit card $79.95. I have a screen shot of my membership page that says I have Free Basic Membership. I don’t even know how my card was charged unless it was through somehow. I called the 1-800 number, I got a recording saying to leave a message and they’d call back. I may have to get a new credit card to prevent further charges.


Total scam in regards to membership. I attempted to cancel my trial membership after a couple of days, the Fold3 site told me that there was no account for my email address. Now, all of a sudden, I have a charge for Fold3 for $79.95 on my debit card. I tried to call Ancestry for help and they told me that I had to call Fold3. Fold3 is of course closed on the weekend, so I won’t be able to reach anyone until Monday. All of a sudden though, there exists an account for my email address on their site. My Account Details show that I have a free trial membership, and asks me if I WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE to either an annual or monthly subscription. If I haven’t selected an upgrade option yet, why are they already charging me?!!? Their free trial page says at the top “There’s no risk – you’ll only be billed if you decide to keep your membership after your free trial.”, but then on the same page on the right side in smaller print it says “If you enjoy your trial and want to continue accessing Premium images, you don’t need to do anything. You’ll automatically receive full access to Fold3 for an entire year and your credit card will be billed $79.95”. Well which one is it?!!? And like every one else said, the site says “Easily cancel online from the Account Details page anytime before your free trial ends”, but there is no option to cancel on the Account Details page when you visit it! TOTAL SCAM!


I have found nothing about relatives that was not already available on Ancestry or in government archives on the internet. Thank goodness I got the special rate. I had 10+ relatives that I knew to have served in Civil War and WWII and nothing came up but registration cards and one document with the name and unit on it, which I already had found. Don’t waste your money is my advice.


THIS IS A SCAM ! So angry I can NOT cancel my 7 day free trial.


Frankly what Ive found, is its all about the folks who are rich and/or famous. THEY rest, is a scam as well. ID like the know, whatever happened to “THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT” where all our information was suppose to be “free”..yeah, sure, in a pigs usual..more rip offs, while the rich get richer


I’m very disappointed but glad that I opted for the 7-day free trial instead of upping my Ancestry. I am finding either nothing or the same Draft Registration Cards I already got from Ancestry. How could there be nothing for my uncle who was in WWI besides his Draft Registration Card? I assume the interesting stuff is from way back, but my family wasn’t here yet.


Site collects CC information and has poor security and transaction standards. Many a headache with local bank.


I want to cancel my free 7 day trial as this site is useless, every search I received coder error. I do not want my credit card charged, I had to join and give my card information in order to get a free 7 day trail which ends on the 14th. I want this immediately cancelled, there is no phone number or link to cancel this, it is a scam I better not be charged.


I could find absolutely nothing regarding my relatives’ service in the Civil, WWI, Span/Amer War, Korean, and VietNam Wars and I have confirmation from other sites. Very disappointed.


I am trying to cancel my 7 day free trial because i don’t like the site and cannot opt out like the add says. I want this canceled and do not want my credit card charged. This site fraudulently gets you to sign up for the free trial and then will not let you cancel. If this is not cancelled, then i will also cancel my account.


I have the same problem. Where can this scam be reported?


I signed up for the free trial. I have had for a few years now, and thought I would add this since I have so many uncles that served in WWII and am finding relatives from earlier wars. I searched and could not find anything on any of them. I canceled my
trial after a couple of days.


This is the most incredible business I have ever dealt with. I have contacted them three times and each time they ask for my phone for which I provided. After three weeks they still have not contacted me. Guess what? I will not be contacting them again.


Awful site. I cancelled the free trial about 30min after signing on. I could not find the very basic of info. I found more just through google. Do not waste your time.

robert daniels
March 26, 2014 6:45 pm

I did not give this web site the right to take money from my account. I had to cancel my debit card to protect my account from them. Every one of you should watch them very closely.


STINKY,UGLY, HORRIBLE BAD — The Site is a great idea that is simply a money trap. If you do find the area you are searching – there is nothing there for any of the military except maybe the rich and famous. I joined and didn’t find anything and then immediately tried to quit – they said my membership was complementry BECAUSE I’M A VETERAN – so I decided NOT to quit. Big MISTAKE. THEY HAD MY CREDIT CARD AND THEY USED IT TO CHARGE ME FOR MY COMPLEMENTARY MEMBERSHIP. CHATCH 22


This was a great site before Ancestry took it over. Now, if the site is even responding, it is so slow that it’s effectively useless. I have been a member for several years but don’t plan to renew again. There is no customer support at all.


I gave them my credit card number to allow for the introductory membership but could not find a cancel button before the free period ended and so now I am arguing with them about the unapproved year charge for $79. DO NOT ACCEPT THEIR OFFER. I found nothing on the site that was useful to me either.

Gloria heisey
June 2, 2013 3:03 am

I love Fold3 but at this time I am taking a break from genealogy. But I will be back. Thank you for the free trial.


Site is often slow or nonresponsive. Searches often hang. I have yet to find anything anything new or exciting.


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