Yesterday I posted an article defending the online providers of genealogy information. While some of these genealogy data providers first appear to be expensive, I pointed out that use of these online sites is still far cheaper than traveling to the original locations or to major repositories or libraries in Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, or elsewhere. You can read the article at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2008/05/i-have-a-compla.html.
I posted that article late last night and then immediately went to bed. Upon arising this morning, guess what was the first message in my in-box?
The message was from Ancestry.com and started out with:
"Your Ancestry.com membership is coming up for renewal in a couple of weeks. We'd like to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the great things coming soon on Ancestry.com and to highlight some valuable recent additions."
The message went on for several paragraphs and ended with the following:
"As a reminder, on June 12, 2008, we will automatically renew your World Deluxe Membership for $299.40
"Thank you for your continued membership with Ancestry.com.
"Many happy discoveries,
"The Ancestry.com Membership Team"
Was someone at Ancestry.com watching this newsletter's site and deciding that this was a perfect time to send a renewal notice? "He can't say 'No' right now!"
The letter also gives instructions on how to cancel the renewal. I won't do that; I am renewing.