Our Tips on Saving Money at Ancestry from Genealogy Bargains!
UPDATED: 3:00 am CST, Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
- Follow Genealogy Bargains for updated deals on Ancestry. The easiest way to learn about sales at Ancestry is to bookmark Genealogy Bargains or click HERE to sign up for our email list.
- Holidays Mean Free Access at Ancestry. If you do not have a membership to a subscription at Ancestry, look for “free days” around specific holidays. Very often, the week before Memorial Day or Veterans Day will allow you to access military records. Labor Day offers access to free occupational records. Sign up for a site’s e-mail alerts to stay on top of the latest offers.
- Cycle On and Cycle Off. A common technique many genealogists use to save money is to purchase a short-term subscription at Ancestry. Instead of signing up and paying for a year, get a six month membership. Once the membership has expired, take a break and then use other websites for research. Maintain a research log “wish list” of records you want to access or find, and then sign up for that genealogy website again. Get to work locating what you need, then drop off again for a few months.
Current Deals on Ancestry
These are the best deals available on the Internet right now for Ancestry:
Save up to 20% on 6-month subscriptions at Ancestry! This offer is good for new members OR expired memberships. You can save 20% on the US Discovery, World Explorer and All Access 6-month subscriptions!
- US Discovery 6-month subscription, regularly $119.40 USD, you pay just $99 USD – VIEW DETAILS
- World Explorer 6-month subscription, regularly $209.94 USD, you pay just $149 USD – VIEW DETAILS
- All Access 6-month subscription, regularly $269.94 USD, you pay just $199 USD – VIEW DETAILS
Current Ancestry Subscribers – Ways to Save
So what do you do if you are a current Ancestry.com customer? Here are some suggested ways to save:
Turn Off Auto-Renew. For US customers of Ancestry, there is no way to cancel the auto-renewal on your current membership. CALL Ancestry (click HERE for a list of phone numbers) and ask to disable the auto-renew option. Ask for a confirmation number or a confirmation email.
- UPDATE: Several followers have called Ancestry and were unable to get them to turn off the Auto Renew. While this feature may have been available in the past, the only way to get rid of Auto Renew is to cancel. My advice is to set a reminder for your expiration date and call Ancestry to cancel. Please click HERE to read the Cancellation Policy at Ancestry.
- Use a Gift Card, Pre-Paid Credit Card, or Virtual Credit Card. One way to “trick” Ancestry into NOT automatically renewing your membership is to use a payment method that does NOT renew. One option is a Visa or Mastercard gift card, but there will be a small processing fee. Some users feel the $5.95 fee is worth the piece of mind. Another option is to use a “virtual credit card.” What is it? Some credit card companies will allow you to generate a one-time only credit card number linked to your account for online shopping. There is no extra charge for this service and credit card companies provide this to help combat fraud. Click HERE to read more about virtual credit cards.
- Let Your Membership Expire. After making sure your membership won’t renew, wait at least one day after your account expires. Then use the links above for a great deal on 6-month Ancestry memberships. Once you’ve signed up, again call Ancestry to disable the auto-renewal otherwise you’ll be charged FULL PRICE at time of renewal.
- Call Ancestry and ask for a discount. One of the best ways to get a discount on your renewal without waiting for it to expires is to CALL Ancestry (click HERE for a list of phone numbers) within 90 days of your renewal date. Tell them you are considering cancelling your subscription. See what kind of offer they make – we’ve heard reports of up to 60% off in order to get Ancestry customers to keep their subscription active.
- Save 30% with your AARP membership! That’s right, you can get a World Explorer subscription for 30% off. This is a ONE TIME ONLY offer and you should only use this when you are close to your renewal date. Click HERE and then CALL the number listed about one week prior to your renewal date.
- Get Ancestry access for FREE. What? YES! Many public libraries and even genealogy society libraries, as well as Family Search Centers have access on-site to Ancestry’s Library Edition. You won’t have the convenience of access at home but you will be able to access Ancestry for free!
AncestryDNA Coupons and Promo Codes
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