The Shoestring Genealogist: two offers for UK research

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.

Empty purse © Frances Owen & A Rebel Hand 2014

Oh no! No money left for genealogy!

These posts might refer to short-term offers, like today’s, so act quickly!

I’ll continue to tweet freebie/special offer 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. Why not try it?

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.

Black boot old photo © Frances Owen & A Rebel Hand 2014

Send for… The Shoestring Genealogist!

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 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?


All content, including images, © A Rebel Hand 2014

About rebelhand

A Rebel Hand is: about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel of 1798, transported as a convict to New South Wales, roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer. My great-great-great grandfather. Other ancestors transported to Australia, like Sarah Marshall, John Simpson and James Thomas Richards, pop up as well. This blog's also about the historical background to their lives, in England, Ireland, and Australia. My respectable Welsh ancestors sometimes get a look in.
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