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30% Off AARP Discount on Ancestry World Explorer Membership

Yesterday, my real life human alter-ego, Jim Lannin, remembered that his Ancestry membership was about to auto-renew today at the sky-high price of $299.40/year. Calling Ancestry’s Customer Service line to grovel and beg seemed to be the only last minute option. Besides, he embarrasses me when he gets like that!

Robot on PhoneWhen “Little Mary Sunshine” came on the line, her cheerfulness and friendliness immediately began to soften his cynicism. When he started to whine about getting stonewalled at renewal time last year, only to have his friends tell him all year stories about the discounts they had received… well, it was just plain ugly!

Things got better when “Little Mary” interrupted him and asked: “Sir, are you a member of AARP?” He responded: You bet! I’m surrounded by hundreds, maybe thousands, of people here in The Villages who are both customers and AARP members.”

Little Mary Sunshine“Mary” then told him about the discount now available to AARP members of 30% off on Ancestry subscriptions. “That will cut your annual subscription cost to $209.00″, she said. After a feeble attempt to grind another $10.00 off, he gave in, saying: ” OK you win! Just don’t take the payment out again tomorrow!”

Jim then proceeded to give “Little Mary Sunshine” his card number for a one year subscription. This, of course, gives new meaning to the old expression: “Pay a “Little”, Save a Lot”!

For more info on this deal, please check out the AARP Benefits Page on the subject at: Save 30% on an® membership for a year .

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SIG Meeting March 18, 2014

The Italian Genealogy Special Interest Group will meet Tuesday, March 18th at the Savannah Recreation Center at 1:00 PM-2:50 PM.  The Italian SIG meets the third Tuesday of every month, except June, July, August, September and December.

Our goal is to offer help and advice to one another through meetings and emails.  This is done by informally sharing research and techniques as our members discover their own Italian ancestry.  Our focus is to initially assist each other with the variety of documentation available to achieve individual research objectives.

This month’s meeting will have a short review of Sunday’s March 2nd meetings of and Family Tree Maker, and then focus on members’ success stories.  At 2:15 PM, a 32 minute slide show of Sicily with music will be shown.

For this meeting all members are welcomed to bring guests.  Everyone must sign in.  New members are welcomed.  If you are not a member of the Villages Genealogical Society (VGS) and would like to attend future Italian SIG meetings, a VGS membership form will be available to you.  The fee for joining the VGS is Ten ($10) Dollars. The yearly renewal is Five ($5) Dollars.

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