News Corral: March 4

News Corral: March 4

Genealogy has gone prime time. NBC gave "Who Do You Think You Are?" the green light for a third season. "Faces of America" will return to PBS for another season. And on this week's "Top Chef All-Stars," contestants traced their family treed and competed at Ellis Island, cooking...

Genealogy has gone prime time. NBC gave “Who Do You Think You Are?” the green light for a third season. “Faces of America” will return to PBS for another season. And on this week’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” contestants traced their family treed and competed at Ellis Island, cooking up dishes based on their family’s heritage. Read more about the genealogy TV trend here.

GenealogyBank is offering a yearly subscription to its newspaper collection for 75 percent off. This offer is good through March 14, and you can learn more on GenealogyBank.com.

Family Tree Firsts blogger Nancy Shively discovered her great-grandfather suddenly came into money and lost it all, and she’s determined to find out more. Read her full story on Family Tree University.

The last living World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, died Sunday. Buckles drove an Army ambulance in France in 1918, after lying about his age to recruiters. He was 110 years old. Read his full story here.

The National Archives at Atlanta will present a Civil War Symposium, a day-long program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The event features scholars and historians from leading archival and academic institutions, as well as an exhibit of 19th century African American newspapers. The symposium is slated for April 16 and costs $20 to attend. Visit NARA’s website for more information.

Don’t forget about our Ultimate Family History Starter Collection. This multimedia bundle brings you our most invaluable tips, tricks and how-tos to help you jump start your genealogy research. There are only 150 copies of this collection available through the end of March. There’s more information in this Genealogy Insider blog post.

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  1. Love the blog. I was really excited about the Genealogy Bank promotion, but it isn’t what it seems. To be honest, their deal is very misleading and it is shady that the site doesn’t provide the actual details of the offer until you provide your contact information. Their regular monthly rate is $19.99 and their regular annual rate is $69.95. The current promotion is actually 75% off the monthly rate, so the cost is actually $55.95 for the year. That’s $15 off the regular rate — this is about 21% off the normal annual rate.

    It is a good deal, but not a great deal. I’m going to pass at this time.

  2. Following up on my comment from yesterday, GenealogyBank now has my contact information and is sending me email. Excerpt from message: "We noticed you did not complete the sign up process for a GenealogyBank membership… Limited Time Offer… Save 20% Now". Interestingly, when you click the link to load their page, their message of 75% that is visible via the link provided yesterday has been replaced with the "20% Off" message, but adds the "only $55.95" statement. It is funny that their 75% and 20% discounts end up being the same price. Their 75% off promotion doesn’t list the actual price until you give them your contact information, but the 20% off promotion is honest with sharing this detail.

    In the end, this is still a very shady promotion of their service.