29 August 2014

Genealogy Discounts and Freebies

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Image by Stuart Miles freedigitalphotos.net
There have been some last-minute changes to the list of freebies and discounts available during (and after) National Family History Month. Here are the updated details. Links open in a new window.

  • Get a one month 'Britain subscription' at Findmypast UK for just £5 instead of the usual £9.95 if you pay by 11:59pm (BST) on 30 Sep 2014. This 50% discount applies to new and lapsed subscribers.    (Find out why I use and recommend FindMyPast.)

  • A one-month FindMyPast 'world' subscription (records from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA and Canada) costs just $5 (usually $19.95) for new subscribers who pay before midnight on 1 Sep 2014.

  • A one-month subscription to FindMyPast's Australian & NZ records costs just $1 (usually $9.95) for new subscribers who pay before midnight on 31 Aug 2014.

  • 50% off the price of a 12-month FindMyPast 'world' subscription (records from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA & Canada) for new subscribers who pay before midnight 31 Aug 2014 (now just $99.75, usually $199.50).

  • Get 20% off at GenesReunited during August 2014. Select a subscription, then on the payment page enter discount code SUMMER20.

  • Get 10% discount on orders from Gould Genealogy during August 2014 if you quote NFHM14.

  • Free access to all Australian immigration records on Ancestry from 29 Aug to 11.59pm Monday 1 Sep 2014 AEST.

  • Download a free PDF document with links to Websites and online indexes mentioned in my new genealogy talk 'Look Beyond the Border'.

  • Many of my copying services for Queensland State Archives records are 10% - 20% cheaper during August and September 2014. Follow links on the list of indexes. On pages with names, in the 'Copying Service' section, prices shown are (where applicable) the discounted ones.

  • Get $40 discount when you book on any Unlock the Past genealogy conference/cruises if you quote code UTPC-WEB06. (This discount will apply long-term.)

In the future, special offers will be listed on the Discounts and Freebies page on my main Web site. On that page, the bar marked 'Click here to receive email... (private & spam-free, powered by ChangeDetection)' provides an easy way to find out about new offers.

16 August 2014

No.30 (genealogy worldwide)

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  • Discounts & freebies:  Take advantage of the many genealogy discounts and freebies currently available. Some are only offered during August (National Family History Month).

  • Mental asylum patients:
    1. I have started indexing three new sources. One includes people who were mentally ill but not actually sent to an asylum. When I've indexed the new records, links will be added to the 'Insanity' page on my Website, so you may want to use the ChangeDetection bar there.
    2. I've added more names of escaped mental patients to my Police Gazettes index.

  • Illegitimate children:  Archival records often identify the father of an illegitimate child even if the birth certificate doesn't. I've added more names (some babies and some mothers) to the 'Illegitimate' page on my Web site.

  • Dropbox:  I use the free version of Dropbox for sharing documents and images, and as an additional off-site backup.

  • Banana Shire:  Records recently deposited at Qld State Archives include rate books and valuation registers from Banana Shire Council.  (My 'Genealogy Articles' page has a link to Local Government Records and Family History.)

  • State Library info-guides:  State Library of Queensland has free family history Info-Guides on many topics.

  • Moreton Bay history:  Peel Island - Paradise or Prison? (the history of the Quarantine Station and Lazaret/Leprosarium) and Moreton Bay People: the complete collection are now available as e-books.

  • CuriousFox:  Tips on using CuriousFox, a genealogy message system and gazetteer for the United Kingdom, Ireland and USA.

  • NSW prison records:  Many interstate folk were in NSW prisons. NSW gaol description and entrance books 1818-1930, which include descriptions of prisoners and some photographs, are now on Ancestry.

  • South Australia:  South Australian passenger lists 1847-1886 have been added to FindMyPast. Some of these immigrants moved on to other States.

  • Victoria:  55,000 images have been added to Ancestry's lists of assisted and unassisted passengers arriving in Victoria from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and other foreign ports.

  • West Yorkshire & Cleveland:  Over 28,000 new baptism records from West Yorkshire and 150,000 National Burial Index records from Cleveland are now online.

  • Prisoners of war:  Records for 1914-1918 & 1939-1945 prisoners of war are online.

  • Treble Almanac (Ireland):  The Treble Almanac 1818, with transcripts and images of 17,870 records from all 32 Irish counties, has recently gone online.

  • Church of Ireland parish registers:  Download a table showing what baptism, marriage and burial registers exist, where they are, and dates covered.

  • Recommended reading:

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15 August 2014

FindMyPast's World Records discount offer

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A one-month 'world' subscription to FindMyPast is just $5 (usually $19.95) for new subscribers who pay before midnight on 1 Sep 2014.

The world subscription gives you access to more than 1.5 billion family history records for Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, the USA and Canada.

If you do not want your subscription to automatically renew at the normal price after your initial period, un-tick the 'auto-renew my subscription' box in the My Account section of the site.

You may want to read why I use and recommend FindMyPast.

(This post also appears in Genealogy Leftovers.)