Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm 1 in 1,000!

I received an email two weeks ago that said:

"Dear Winner,

"Congratulations! You have been selected to receive a prize by registering in The Buick Heritage Sweepstakes, administered by ePrize.

"Since the end of the promotion, ePrize has conducted a random drawing to select a prize winner. Your name was randomly selected in the The Buick Heritage Sweepstakes and you have won a Family History Kit consisting of Family Tree Maker Essentials software, a DVD of African American Lives (as seen on PBS) and a hardcover copy of In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past."

That was a surprise! I do vaguely recall filling out an entry form online and submitting it. Cool - it's fun to win things once in awhile.

There were 10 Grand Prizes - an Ancestry DNA kit. I haven't seen an announcement of the winners yet, but I'm sure they've all been notified.

The box with my prizes came today via UPS. I'm now the proud owner of FamilyTreeMaker 2008 Essentials (which includes one month of an Ancestry US Deluxe subscription), the African American Lives 2 DVD, and the book Finding Oprah's Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The latter is a substitute for the originally named book.

I started reading the book while watching TV tonight, and will write a book report on it after I finish it. I saw the TV show on PBS, so I don't know what I'll do with the DVD - perhaps I'll donate it to CVGS or another society.

I'll load FTM2008 sometime soon and work with it - and then decide if I want to make it my primary genealogy software or not. I'm going to be sure that I don't knock out my FTM 16 software, though, just in case I want to use it as my primary software.

Any other Buick Heritage Sweepstakes winners in my readers? I know that Apple was one.


Shannon said...

FTM16 and FTM 2008 will be seperate programs on your pc. Loading 2008 doesnt interfere with the older one as its completely different and uses different file extensions. I still use my older FTM as my primary cause I cant stand the new one lol but I keep 2008 on to play around with and be able to get the upgrades to see if they ever make it any better than it is now

TheGeneticGenealogist said...

I won too! I just finished the book, which I thought was interesting but a little rudimentary.