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From: "Sandy Clunies" <>
Subject: RE: Ancestry Marketing
Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 20:43:45 -0400
This ad is running on WGMS-FM, classical station, in the metro Washington,
DC area several times a day.
And yes, it promises results within 5 minutes, and a complimentary copy of
FamilyTree Maker for calling Ancestry. Very exuberant female voice
suggesting one can easily find marriages, immigration, etc.
Of course, with the 1930 census and SSDI, nearly everyone who has family
living in the US for 75+ years could find a match with SOMEone in their
immediate family line.
MyFamily.com/Ancestry.com senior executives will be at NGS Nashville on 2
June, and I intend to inquire about this ad myself.
-- Sandy Clunies
Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG(sm)
President, National Capital Area Chapter, APG
Board of Directors, APG
CG: service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists,used under
license by Board-certified associates meeting competency standards
From: Kay Ingalls [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 5:05 PM
Subject: Ancestry Marketing
I have been meaning to post regarding the Ancestry.com marketing in the San
Francisco Bay Area and the thread on scams and ethical marketing seems a
For several months the only SF classical music station has been airing an
Ancestry ad. I can't quote it word-for-word (mostly because each time I hear
it, the pounding of my rising blood pressure obscures my brain's ability to
process it), but the most offending section goes something like this:
"In just one phone call we'll find your family. Sometimes back 10
generations! In 5 minutes you can learn about your grandparents' wedding,
your immigrant ancestor's ship. In fact we're so sure, we'll send you our
award winning software free. Call now."
Has anyone else heard this ad or ones similar in their areas?
Kay Germain Ingalls, CG
CG, Certified Genealogist, is a registered service mark of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists, used under license after periodic
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