UPDATE on My Money Saving Tips and Tricks with Ancestry.com

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Can you really save 50% or more on Ancestry.com Subscriptions?

UPDATED: 3:00 am CST, Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

“Officially” There is No 50% Off Sale at Ancestry – Here’s Why

Earlier this week I posted a “sale” for 6-month subscriptions at Ancestry.com. The deal was great with a US Discovery subscription starting at just $49 USD. What I didn’t realize was this: those links were tied to an Ancestry promotion which had expired. That was my mistake and I fully own it.

But why are the links to old offers still working on the Ancestry.com website? Good question, and one that I’ve asked the Ancestry staff. In fact, Ancestry is threatening to kick me out of their affiliate program because of an honest mistake.

If you go to the original post and page here at Genealogy Bargains, you will see that I’ve updated the links and the graphics. I told Ancestry that I shouldn’t be penalized because they can’t seem to shut down their old offers. Apparently if you click on an expired offer for every other genealogy vendor, you get re-routed to a current offer.  Ancestry seems incapable of doing this.

I apologize to my followers for any confusion. My goal here at Genealogy Bargains is to bring you the best deals on quality DNA, genealogy, and family history products and services. Again, this was my mistake for which I take responsibility.

I Will Always Give Honest Information on Every Genealogy Vendor Including Ancestry

Part of the feedback I received from Ancestry.com is that the content in my original past reflected badly on Ancestry.  You know what I say? “Boo hoo. Too bad.” Anyone who has followed me for the past ten years in the genealogy industry knows that I will never be less than honest with my followers in terms of vendors in the genealogy industry. Even if I am an affiliate and even if I make a small commission on each sale.  I balance what I earn by sharing free resources including my webinars, my videos, my cheat sheets, my articles and my lecture handouts. I will always be free from undue influence by any of the vendors with whom I work, and that won’t change. If I have to give up that stream of income, then so be it.

I won’t be bullied into spewing corporate “newspeak” and pretend that everything is just sunshine and lollipops. To be honest, I like Ancestry and their products. I highlight them in my lectures. I like promoting their products. There are issues with Ancestry products and I have, and will continue, to point them out. Ancestry may think they are the leader and the “only game in town” when it comes to genealogy, but that isn’t so.  Yes I may lose a good percentage of my income if I am kicked out of their affiliate program, but there are plenty of other genealogy vendors who wouldn’t mind seeing that happen.  And I can easily make up the income with other affiliate programs.

In addition, if I were Ancestry or any other genealogy vendor, I would closely look to see if I were living in my own bubble and surviving on my own bullsh*t for guidance.  This is why companies use focus groups.  Take a look at yesteday’s debacle with Family Tree DNA giving the FBI access to its 2 million user database as an example. What the heck were they thinking?

Guess what? It isn’t exactly a good time for genealogy companies to pull the “Smartest One in the Room” act. Have you ever noticed this in the current business environment? Business leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook at spouting off that teenagers “consented” to having spyware placed on their computers and devices . . . just floors me.  SMH.

All I know is that companies like Ancestry need to get back to their roots. And they need to honor and respect their original base. Many of my followers have been with Ancestry for as long as 20 years. As my mother always said, “You dance with the one that brung ya!” and that means Ancestry needs to stop constantly chasing the new customer, slow down the revolving door of people who enter the space with a DNA test and don’t post trees or share data, and get back to the business of genealogy.

Money Saving Tips for Ancestry.com

While Ancestry has some of the best resources for genealogy and family history research, Ancestry can be expensive! Genealogy Bargains has some tips on how to save money when buying Ancestry PLUS we've got the latest promo codes and coupons!

  • 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.com

These are the best deals available on the Internet right now for Ancestry,com:

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.

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