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Mon Sep 6, 2021, 12:56 PM

I feel so ripped off--newspapers.com

I have had a membership to ancestry off and on for years. I have to get our family tree ready to pass on to my niece, who will be carrying the info into the future after I'm gone (mentally or physically). I have to clean up a mess I made when I first started about 10 years ago and didn't know that if you accept all the hints you end up with things like, "Lady Godiva had 50 children. She actually died before she was born," in the life stories.

So I resubscribed for six months and decided to include newspapers.com. It's so frustrating when I can't open an article.

As I went along, it seemed that everything I wanted to read was part of some "premier" subscription that cost another $50/year. I was able to open some papers in various cities, but never the major paper.

I have 10 days left to cancel the upgrade. I saw someone say that you can get newspapers.com through some libraries and am wondering if that access is to all papers or just the non-premiers. I'll check on that.

There seem to be a lot of people who know what they're doing on this thread. It's great to read the posts!

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Response to Lulu KC (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 01:03 PM

1. I usually

wait till they offer a free month or two weeks to try it. Then do my research and cancel before charges kick in. I've gotten quite a lot of information this way. They do this once or twice a year. You might have to use a slightly different name and credit card. Good luck!

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 01:47 PM

2. When I had a Citi card...

you could go on their website and create a “virtual” card (or several), complete with number, expiration date, etc. You could set it up to “self destruct” after it was used once, or a maximum had been reached, or mane even other options.

Then you could sign up for those free trial periods using this virtual card, then disable that virtual card and never have to worry about remembering to “opt out” after the free trial period had elapsed.

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Response to Lulu KC (Original post)

Wed Sep 8, 2021, 03:29 PM

3. Depends on the library.

If your local library has a website they probably have a list of electronic resources (which may include Ancestry's Library Edition as well as newspapers.com).

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