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From: Stephanie Ray <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Ancestry
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 18:55:36 +0000 (GMT)
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There is one other thing- I don't know how, but Ancestry must enhance the
images they make available. I have bought census records from the
NARA (paying about 25.00 EACH) and they are not nearly as readable as the
ones online.

On Tue, 15 Jan 2008, wrote:

> I finally have to put in my "two cents worth" about Ancestry. Like many, I
> am well into the senior citizen category and on a limited income.
> Having done genealogy for over 30 years, I also go back to the days of mail
> queries to town clerks, finding a place where I could access census info (and
> having a heck of a time figuring out how to use the darn microfilm reader) and
> even paying people to access certain deeds or probates for me. And, then the
> wait for replies...and the cost involved to acquire copies.
> Ancestry provides such a terrific service- even with its flaws- that it is
> impossible to even compare it with the "old way" when, we also should remember,
> things cost a heck of a lot less compared to what it would cost today. No
> one has to subscribe to Ancestry, any more than paying membership fees to
> genealogical societies which allow access to their collections- it is a choice,
> period.
> I think the annual fee often looks intimidating but, if broken down over 12
> months, it sure is a lot less expensive than doing genealogy the "old way."
> And...the convenience of accessibility at any time of day or night- sure is a
> blessing for insomniacs like myself.
> As to making a profit- well....without good business sense, they could not
> continue to offer a service. And, last I knew, most people who invest do so
> with the hope of profit. In genealogy, there really is no "free ride" -
> whether it is the cost of the internet service one pays to simply access "free
> sites", the computer we need to do so or the programs we buy to store our
> information.
> Janet
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