Ancestry.com to Offer US Census for Free for 4th of July Weekend

In honor of the 4th of July, Ancestry.com will be opening up of the available U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790 through 1940 for FREE. These collections will be open from July 2nd through the 6th.

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Humph. At least in my case, trying these “free” Ancestry searches brings up a demand to sign up for a “free” trial subscription, one for which one must provide credit card information.

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How do you get on for free without signing up for a free trial?

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    You don’t. You can access the census records and images only by signing up for the free trial. A credit card is required to prove that you are a live person, not an automated robot that is trying to steal everything from the site. Most other web sites do the same or have similar practices to verify the humans who are taking advantage of a free offer.

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The other Ancestry sites let you search genuinely for FREE on special days e.g Australia Day for Ancestry.com.au. Not a free trial only if you provide Credit card details.
Not good enough Ancestry.com.

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Ancestry always offers a free trial every time I go on their site, in which case this 4th of July special offer does not seem to be very special. It also appears to me that the reason they ask for credit card information is that unless you affirmatively cancel before the free trial expires, you will automatically be entered for a *paid* subscription and the fees charged to your credit card. Difficulty in cancelling that kind of “evergreen” subscription from other providers has left a bad taste in my mouth.

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    From Ancestry’s Terms and Conditions as of April 26, 2012:

    …. Cancellations and Refunds. You may cancel a free trial at any time during the free trial period and incur no charge. For all initial purchases of subscriptions longer than one month, you may cancel during the first 30 days and receive a full refund. If your subscription begins with a free trial, the 30 day refund period begins once the free trial ends. If the cancellation occurs after the first 30 days, you will not receive a refund. For all renewals of subscriptions longer than one month, you may cancel within seven days of the renewal date and receive a full refund. Monthly subscriptions may be cancelled at any time but you will not receive a refund. Please note that for gift subscriptions the refund time period begins on the date of purchase since no free trial period is available. If you cancel your subscription but are not eligible for a refund, you will retain access to the Website until your subscription expires. Cancellations may be made by calling Ancestry at 1-800-262-3787 or by logging into your My Account page on the Website and providing the same information that you provided when you subscribed. Your cancellation must be received by end of business (5:00 p.m. Mountain Time) on the appropriate day as described above. All refunds will be given to the original credit card on which the purchase was made. Please allow a reasonable time for the refund to reach you or be charged back to your account….

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I never did find the free 4 days.

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