I’ve got no idea about how good the actual service provided by Ancestry.com is – I never got that far. I was puddling about doing some research recently when I stumbled across the site. There’s a free trial so I thought I’d take a look.
On the first page I was required to enter all that generic type of information that we’ve come to expect but on the second page, woah! they want my credit card details! I thought that kind of thinking died away years ago, but no it’s alive and well and living at Ancestry.com.
I bailed at that point and took my researching elsewhere and what a good thing I did too. Today I’ve received an email telling me about people with my surname according to US Immigration records.
So here’s the rub guys
- Who said what surname I was researching… it might not be my own. My name, Sarah, is pretty universally used for women. Don’t know any guys called Sarah so there’s a fair chance that I’m married and not using the surname (last name) that I was born with so there’s an equally fair chance that I’m researching other names
- Who said I was researching Americans? They know from when I completed the first part of the form that I wasn’t logged on from the USA and so the follow up emails shouldn’t be centered on that. Their blurbs do imply that they rely heavily on US data but if they don’t go beyond that (other than by the contributions of members) then that should be clearly stated.
I’ve removed myself from their mailers. Hopefully that’ll be the end of that 🙂