21 April 2017

How to Save Money on Your Genealogy Subscriptions

There is really only one way to save big bucks on your genealogy subscription(s).

To get BIG savings you have to apply this method. It is a guaranteed method and probably the best way to also do high-quality research. The great thing is, even if you mess up, it can still save you money, there aren't any complicated coupons or special websites to visit.

How to save money on your genealogy subscriptions from The Occasional Genealogist.

Late April 2017 Update


Next week is a busy week in the genealogy world!
DNA Day sales, NGS Conference registration, Earth Day for genealogists | The Occasional Genealogist

DNA Day is April 25th. Why do you care? SALES! If you've put off buying a DNA test, this is THE time to do it. Choose whichever testing company you want, they probably have a sale.

I love FamilyTreeDNA because of their tools, prices, and you can get all three types of tests (at, mt, and Y). Here are their main three sale prices, there are additional items on sale, mainly related to Y-DNA tests.

Family Finder (atDNA---autosomal, this is the type of test from AncestryDNA and other genealogy DNA companies, for male and female testees)
normally $79 sale $59

mtDNA full sequence (mother's line, for male and female testees)
normally $199 sale $149

Y-DNA, 37 markers (father's line, for male testees, only; more marker tests are also on sale)
normally $169 sale $129

Find out about all your DNA testing options at FamilyTreeDNA

Join us in Raleigh, NC May 10-13, 2017 for the NGS Conference! |The Occasional Genealogist

You've got one week left to pre-register for the upcoming NGS Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 10-13, 2017!

This applies to registration for on-site events. If you can't join us in Raleigh, there are also live-streaming and recorded options so you can still learn from some of the amazing lectures being offered.

Check out this post for more details about recorded options, learn more about the conference in general, here.

Before the other events, Saturday is Earth Day. Last year I wrote a series of posts just for the occasion. You can check them out with the following links.

    18 April 2017

    NGS announces details of conference "Live Stream" plus more off-site options

    If you're an NGS member, you should have gotten an email about the "Live Stream" registration opening for the NGS Conference coming up in Raleigh in less than a month.

    If you're not an NGS member, why aren't you? It's one of the most value-packed "things" you will pay for in genealogy. But I bet you'd like to hear about the live streaming details that weren't emailed directly to you.

    NGS 2017 live stream and audio packages announced.

    This year there are 10 lectures being streamed live. These are divided into two tracks of five lectures each. One track is about DNA and the other is the BCG Skillbuilding track.
    14 April 2017

    Dos and Don'ts for Attending a National Genealogy Conference

    I LOVE attending the national genealogy conferences. Essentially there are two general national conferences and one specialty national conference. However, don't overlook the large regional conferences, I'm not mentioning them because this post is specifically about the Dos and Don'ts for the two general conferences.
    Dos and Don'ts for National Genealogy Conferences

    No RootsTech Today

    Let's get the specialty conference out of the way since this post isn't about it, specifically. The specialty conference is RootsTech. If you couldn't guess by the name, it's a technology conference. This is one of the two main differences between it and the two general conferences.

    The other difference, which is why I'm not including it in this post, is it does not travel. It is held in Salt Lake City each winter/early spring (the date sometimes varies a bit and since I don't know when you're reading this, I don't want to quote you the wrong date). These issues would make my Dos and Don'ts for RootsTech different than for general national conferences.

    So let's get into THIS post.

    NGS and FGS

    The two general national conferences are the NGS Conference and FGS Conference. They are very similar in structure, being hosted by two different national genealogy societies (the "National Genealogical Society" and the "Federation of Genealogical Societies").

    Genealogy Education Unplugged: Part II

    This is a continuation, the first part explains the benefits of spending your limited time on education and specifics of local society education.

    Genealogy Conference vs. Institute: Which is Right for You?

    Choosing Wisely: Conference or Institute

    At some point, you will need to take your genealogical education to the next level. National level in-person events, that is national conferences or national institutes, may be the best choice for you. Online options are another choice or you may be fortunate enough to find the same quality and quantity of education locally.

    You will find yourself stuck, making little to no progress, if you don't obtain this next level of education.