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From: "MJ Mann" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Genealogy.com Scam?
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 02:36:15 -0400
Since Ancestry seems to be 'pushing' these items, I wonder if they'll
have 'samples' at their FGS booth??
Just a thought,
Maureen J Mann
On 8/18/06, Laura Prescott <> wrote:
> The book Elissa is talking about is different from the one that Christine
> was emailed about. The former costs much more than $49.95. I believe it's
> $200. Ancestry.com did a pilot program with it, but I'm not sure if it's
> still available.
> The latter appears to _not_ be a hoax since Natalie provided a rather
> legitimate link to it in her email. It says it's "Powered by Ancestry.com"
> Two different products. But, I guess we can each make our own judgement
> decisions on the value, professionalism, or appropriateness of the $49.95
> book after someone's taken a look at it. I wonder, though ... <sigh>
> Laura G. Prescott
> Brookline, NH
> On 8/18/06 12:52 PM, "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG"
> <> wrote:
> > Christine,
> > I do believe we are talking about different things. I don't really know what
> > to make of the email you received, but I don't think it is the same as the
> > book that MyFamily.com customizes for individuals.
> > As for how it got to your inbox: I have received blanket emails from
> > Ancestry.com urging me to sign up -- when I am already a subscriber. They do
> > cast a wide net in their advertising techniques.
> > -- Elissa
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: [mailto:] On Behalf
> >> Of Christine Sweet-Hart
> >> Hi Elissa:
> >> My reason for suspecting that it was a scam was that I did not expect an
> >> organization as large and well-known as Genealogy.com to email something
> >> like this. Judging from the content, it seems as though their email was
> >> hacked and this was sent out to their clients.
> >> I have pasted the text of the email below. I would be interested in
> >> knowing
> >> others thoughts on this. This email does not solicit any information from
> >> the recipient. In my opinion, this is little better than the mall kiosks
> >> that sell family crests and name origins on fancy parchment.
> >> Christine
> >> ***************
> >> Did you know that the history of your family name could fill a book?
> >> And we can publish it today?
> >> Sifting through our billions of records and other trusted sources, we
> >> carefully gathered all the facts, figures, names, and places we could
> >> find,
> >> tracing the origin of your family name as far back as we could go.
> >> Painstakingly compiled from billions of family history records.
> >> Here are just a few of the many facts you may discover:
> >> What does your family name actually mean? It could stem from an
> >> occupation,
> >> the father's name, town name, or even a nickname.
> >> Where did your family name originate? In many cases, a family name can be
> >> traced all the way back to the original country.
> >> When did people with your last name come to the United States? You can
> >> learn
> >> when they most likely immigrated and even the ships they sailed to get
> >> here.
> >> What occupations did your family pursue? Maybe i t's built into the
> >> genetic
> >> code. Some families have plenty of doctors. In others, it's all about
> >> farming. If you think it's all random and personal choice, wait until you
> >> check out that section in your book
> >> This book is a unique volume focused on your family name - and no other.
> >> It's not available at bookstores - only through this special offer.
> >> Don't wait. Order your customized copy today.
> >> It is not available elsewhere - and it's just $49.95!
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