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I have an Ancestry.com tree with links to content that can only be accessed with a subscription. If I let the subscription lapse I realize I won't be able to see that content anymore.

Will the links be valid again if I were to re-subscribe at a later time, or must I maintain a subscription to keep the tree intact?

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Yes, your tree remains pretty much forever. I've canceled and resubscribed several times and never lost any data.

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Even though user experience would add value (either way), isn't this the kind of question that almost requires the answer to reference a third party policy statement? It is a rare circumstance where third party policies are "common knowledge." –  GeneJ Oct 10 '12 at 1:14
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Your tree should still be accessible and editable. See this Ancestry.com faq answer:

Once you have cancelled your subscription with Ancestry, you will still be able 
to sign in to the account with your username and password as a Registered Guest. 
You will still be able to build your tree, see if you have new hints, and search 
any of the free databases that we have on the site.
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Agreed. My subscription lapsed long ago, and I still have access to my tree. –  Jeremy Oct 9 '12 at 22:48
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Thanks for the answer - my main concern is about links to data that I won't be able to get to once the subscription lapses, specifically that they'd be accessible were I to subscribe again, or if they'd be broken. –  fbrereto Oct 9 '12 at 22:52
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What links are you thinking of? Ancestry.com requires a paid subscription to see the images and some of the record details, but other information is available for free. I believe the links should survive re-activation. Of course you can always save the images to your computer. –  Gene Golovchinsky Oct 9 '12 at 22:56
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I usually take advantage of the free records access weekends that Ancestry does and link records to my tree. I've never had a paying subscription, yet the links are still there. I just can't view the record details or image. I get the standard upsell page as you would when trying to view a search result. But of course there is no guarantee that they will maintain that policy.

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