Genealogy's Star blogger James Tanner responded to my article Where in the world is... Ancestry.com? with his posting Genealogy as a Business... Are we in a Recession? My comment to his post included the thought that Ancestry may well have chosen to spend the $10,000 it probably costs to move it's booth and personnel to Mesa, on advertising during the upcoming second season of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? The TV show has a larger audience than a regional conference, and includes potential new Ancestry.com subscribers. Those who attend genealogy conferences already know about Ancestry.
This is a smart thing -- the concept of spending advertising dollars where they will do the most good.
Wise spending may just keep the cost of Ancestry.com down for us regulars.
And given the choice of seeing Ancestry.com at regional genealogy conferences OR having the Ancestry Library Edition once again available for free at your local Family History Center -- which would you pick? Certainly the latter would be more valuable to us researchers.
And those "potential" Ancestry.com members may get wind of the Family History Center access, bump into local genealogy society members and REALLY benefit from more than a "quick-click" genealogy fix.
Certainly something to think about.
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