I just received this tremendously amazing email. I will let you know what I think of archives.com in the next couple weeks after I try it out.
Dear Member, we've got some great news!
As part of a special partnership between the National Genealogical Society and Archives.com, all NGS members will receive a complementary three-month membership to Archives.com ($20 retail value). You don't even need to enter your credit card, and the membership will not renew without your expressed permission.
Archives.com is a relatively new family history website, but they’ve already managed to compile over 1.2 billion records, online family tree tools, a community forum, and lots of other resources – all of which are available at no cost to you as part of your complimentary membership. Your Archives.com membership includes unlimited viewing of millions of original census and vital records. However, some services and documents provided by other companies to Archives.com such as contact information reports, on-site court record retrieval and Footnote images are not free. You can obtain this information on a fee per document basis. NGS has a number of new members who are just beginning family history research and this gives them an opportunity to search the Archives.com indexes for free and become familiar with various record groups.
So, why would Archives.com donate over $170,000 worth of membership resources to NGS and its members? Three primary reasons:
1. Give Back - Our mission at Archives.com is to make family history simple and affordable. The National Genealogical Society and other non-profit groups provide valuable resources and information to the family history community, and we’re committed to supporting these efforts.
2. Get The Word Out - Archives.com launched in July of 2009, and has quickly become one of the most frequently visited family history websites in the US. Despite that, many people still don't know about us!
3. We Need Your Feedback - It's VERY important to us!
The truth is, we're just getting started in building our product. We’ve added a lot of records and built some useful resources, but we’re most excited about the innovative tools and additional record collections we can add to help make family history simple and affordable. As you use our product, please give us your feedback - good or bad. The more specific, the better!
The main feedback is of course: "get more data" - and we're doing just that. Already this year, we've added over 300,000,000 records, including broad access to UK Census and Vital indexes and original images.
What do you want us to add next? What other changes would you like us to make? What do you like the most? The least?
We've set up a special feedback email just for you, and we're eagerly looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions:NGSfeedback@archives.com.
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