Free Ancestry.com Resource Essentials CD

I got a nice little package in the mail today. The Generations Network sent me a package that is the “first in a list of upcoming benefits” planned for for Ancestry.com World Deluxe Annual members. It’s a CD containing PDFs of six reference books produced by Ancestry.com and a 20% off coupon for my next purchase in the Ancestry Store. The coupon expires January 1, 2010. The “books” on the CD are nice to have:

The first three at least, are useful to me in my research. I don’t have any knowledge (yet) of the last three. All in all, it’s a nice, surprise gift. It does have a rough edge though.

The CD is not made with Mac users in mind. The HTML on the CD left me in a position to have to force quit Safari because I don’t have Adobe Reader installed and chose not to install it. If you get one of these in the mail, beware.

Fortunately, the PDFs are easilly accessed by changing into the “Data” folder of the CD. I was able to open them with Preview with no trouble. I haven’t tried putting them on my Kindle yet, but I’m excited to see if I can carry the Redbook with me everywhere.

If you don’t have an Ancestry.com World Deluxe Membership yet, it just got more valuable so now may be the time to join or upgrade. Think about it.

Comments

  1. says

    Hmmm – just a couple of months ago when my Ancestry.com World membership expired, I re-signed up through Ancestry.co.uk because with the exchange rate differences I got it for $211 instead of $299.

    So now I'll have to hope that this still counts with Ancestry.com and I get my CD.

    Roger

  2. leslief says

    I use a Mac, and was able to open all the books easily – do use Firefox, not Safari, and that worked well

  3. josephum says

    Ben,
    Why do you not install Adobe Reader on your computer? I have used Adobe Reader for years on my MAC. [ now using Mac OSX 10.5.6 Safari 4 beta]

  4. leslief says

    Hi Ben,

    No to both of your questions:

    - I do not have Acrobat Reader installed, nor have I accepted the
    terms and conditions.

    I just inserted the disc and it stated that I didn’t have Acrobat,
    then opened the disc file entitled Data (with preview as it appears to
    me) and all the books open in PDF files.

    There is an Adobe Workgroup Helper, but it doesn’t seem to be doing
    anything. The only MicroSoft I use is Office 2008.

    So there we are — that’s all I know!

    Later, Leslie
    iMac7,1; Intel Core 2 Duo; 2.4 GHz; OS X 10.5.6; Reunion 9.09
    Genealogy: Disturbing the dead and irritating the living!

    Leslie Forman Vosler at:
    3924 Bevans Street
    Cheyenne, WY 82001-1874 USA
    hm: (307) 635-5892 fax: (307) 637-2893
    cell: (307) 630-8864 LVosler(at)bresnan(dot)net

  5. leslief says

    No to both of your questions:
    - I do not have Acrobat Reader installed, nor have I accepted the terms and conditions. I just inserted the disc and it stated that I didn’t have Acrobat, then opened the disc file entitled Data (with preview as it appears to me) and all the books open in PDF files. There is an Adobe Workgroup Helper, but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. The only MicroSoft I use is Office 2008. So there we are — that’s all I know! Leslie
    I use a iMac7,1; Intel Core 2 Duo; 2.4 GHz; OS X 10.5.6; Reunion 9.09 or
    MacBookPro 15″ 2.4 GHz; OS X 10.5.6

  6. LAF says

    Thank you for posting this – I just got the same CD and was worried about trying it on my Mac. Let us know how it goes with your Kindle; if it works maybe I'll load mine up too :-)

  7. Donde Smith says

    I have not received a CD. My renewal isn’t due until July. Does anyone know if that makes a difference. It is so expensive, I’d really like to be able to justify it some more. :-)

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