Thursday, February 13, 2020

FREE Access to for Ancestry All Access Members This Weekend!

I received this from today:


Free Access* to Publisher Extra

Do you have plans for Presidents Day Weekend? You may want to drop everything and order in because Newspapers.‌com is offering FREE ACCESS* to our entire collection of newspapers for Ancestry All Access members all weekend long. Search all Publisher Extra papers for free! With this access you can: 

  • Search 392 million+ additional pages of content for stories about your ancestors
  • View the actual newspaper clipping image for all those obituary hints you've received
  • Attach the original newspaper image to your Ancestry tree
  • Make incredible new discoveries!

*Access to Publisher Extra papers on Newspapers.‌com will be free until February 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Free Access available via the links in this email only. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view Publisher Extra papers using a Newspapers Publisher Extra subscription. Terms and Conditions apply.


NOTE:  You may have to use the link that sent to Ancestry All Access members via email today.  

Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I find this confusing. I have the World Account for Ancestry and a account. What is All Access, and if I use the link, will I see these extra newspapers? And how does one know which are "extra" newspapers?

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Lisa,

I found it confusing too. All Access Ancestry subscription entails receiving Ancestry world, fold3 and for $400 a year. The Newspapers part of it is for the basic collection - the newspapers out of copyright (i.e. before 1924).

So this freebie for All Access Ancestry subscribers adds the Publishers Extra collection - the papers after 1924 to the present.

If you already subscribe to with the Publishers Extra subscription, then you get no added benefit for a limited time. If you have the Basic Newspapers subscription, but not the All Access, then you get no added benefit for a limited time.

Confusing? Yep.

John said...

So one must already be a subscriber in order to search "free"?

Randy Seaver said...


Yes, one must be an All Access Ancestry subscriber to search the Publisher Extra newspaper collection (after 1924 newspapers). The All Access subscription covers the Basic newspaper collection (before 1924).

I guess the hope is that you'll find so much in the Extra collection that you will spring for the additional subscription to it once the freebie is over.

That's the way it is -- Randy

stephy38 said...

I found this confusing and when searching for answers, I actually had to go to forums to find the answer. Ancestry is deceiving on this part.I just wanted to access obituaries which were locked. Everything I clicked on required me to upgrade and I paid for All Access. I registered with all 3 accounts. It still wanted me to upgrade to access anthing.

I down graded Ancestry and will go to my local libraries for now I guess.

Raymond Young said...

I agree, all access newspapers should be "all access". Very difficult to figure out why I couldn't get an obituary. I found this deceiving by Ancestry. They should specify the limitations to "All Access".

Fallascoso said...

Ancestry is very deceiving on access to