Researching genealogy on a tight budget? Family bills leaving little cash for family history? I know the feeling. Which is why I’m starting the Shoestring Genealogist, an occasional series of posts to help those of us looking for ancestors – on a shoestring.
These posts might refer to short-term offers, like today’s, so act quickly!
I’ll continue to tweet genealogy news flashes as well – come and say ‘hi’ at @ARebelHand. And if you don’t use Twitter for genealogy, I’ve written a short post about it at Worldwide Genealogy this month.
The Lost Cousins newsletter is well worth subscribing to (and it’s free). The latest one has an offer for four months’ subscription to the UK version of Ancestry for £20. If you’re interested, be quick – the offer ends on Sunday 22 June.
NB: at the time of posting, Ancestry is still down following a cyber attack. UPDATE: Normal service almost restored except for FTM sync and search and Rootsweb, they say.
You could combine this with Find My Past UK‘s offer of one month for £1, advertised as a break from wall-to-wall World Cup. Using both could help ferret out a shy ancestor hiding in the UK records (and many of us have a few of those!).
And talking of FMP, the company announced yesterday (17.6.2014) that it has acquired Origins.net. This site contains ‘unusual, hard-to-find, older records’ including many for Ireland and London as well as the National Wills Index. Its founder, Ian Galbraith, says: “All of the records currently on Origins will over time be made available on FMP and we’d like to reassure you that you will still be able to enjoy researching your family history with Origins.”
Reminder: do read the small print, or you could find yourself continuing to subscribe at the normal rate. And, of course, not everything is online – or even online at these sites.
Have you got any tips for shoestring genealogists?