I was interested in your mail.
With Ancestry at best ,what you say is correct but in practise not always
I have had two subscriptions to Ancestry and had considerable hassle with
both, on their dealing with my account.. I have touched on the details
online but if you want the boring saga details apply within !
My research at the moment neccesitates use of very many areas and following
up wild goose chases. Had I been relying on look ups it would have been an
imposition on people who had paid a sub . to Ancestry.
I am delighted to help whereever I can and have worked using all the records
to which I have access. I have been
involved with some people for years. However there are others who, for what
ever reason donot subscribe and depend rather a lot on others.It can be very
time consuming which is ok for me as I am retired but others have many
There is also the situation where for what ever reason when people just
cannot afford Ancestry or don't have a credit card or are fearful of
Ancestry's cavalier way with accessing your Bank account/card.
Many have no trouble but I am on many lists and those with dreadful tales to
tell are many . One person actually had to change her Bank .I had to deal
with their Lawyer at which point it was sorted.
Also their back up is not good when something goes wrong and you can spend
weeks exchanging unhelpful E-Mails.which is loss of time in your sub period
and so also money It is the problem of Monopolies .
Yes I have found it excellent to sit at home and flit from one census to
another and unravelling the life of an ancestor. However at the moment all I
need is access to Census records, but one must buy the whole package which
is of course more costly.
It is probably inevitablethey willl have control of all records eventually ,
as they now are in, Big Business Mode and need to make money as opposed to
meeting costs and that is really the problem.
If the Welsh records go on line with them , yes it will be neat and great to
have access if you can afford a subscription the way it is packaged
.The pay to view is Ok if you are not needing to do much.
I would howeve,liked to see these records made available as has happened
with Scotland's People.
Perhaps someone could approach the Welsh Assembly or the Church to get it
Sue in LLantrisant
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Jones" <davidjones5512(a)btinternet.com>
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 10:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] ANCESTRY and Welsh PRs
I have with some interest read the postings to list.
I like many have some resevations about the involvement of Ancestry ( like
Microsoft it looks like they want to take over the word ) however that
said, it will be another resorce that we can access (if you don't have
ancestry ask for a look up).
So lets look on the bright side, in a few years time it will just be
second nature.Just like the census records are now.
I hope that we will all take this oppertunity with both hands,regardless
of our views,I know that I will.
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