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Genealogy Subscription Savings with Newspaper Research

I mentioned in last week's post that one way to save while doing more genealogy is drop a more expensive subscription in favor of a cheaper one (even if that is just a temporary option). This post is going to give you one specific example, newspaper subscriptions (paid AND free options!)

This post has been updated (into three separate posts). If you're looking for the digitization information or Evernote information, they are now their own posts.
Save on genealogy subscriptions while doing newspaper research on your ancestors | The Occasional Genealogist

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Alternative Subscriptions

Since I just suggested trying different subscriptions, I actually noticed I had emails from Family Tree Magazine with a newsletter-only deal to GenealogyBank. They are one of my top recommendations of a "cheaper" subscription to consider (I've been a subscriber for years so lucky you I even noticed this deal).

I could not find a way to share the offer so it appears to be available only to newsletter subscribers. They have this type of offer regularly so if you're interested, just sign-up for the free newsletter from Family Tree Magazine. But let's talk a bit more about newspaper research...

The FREE DNA Tool You Need to Know

Happy DNA Day!

Are you interested in genetic genealogy? That’s genealogy using DNA testing. There is a great free tool you need to make sure you’re using.
The Free DNA Tool You Need to Know | The Occasional Genealogist

Before I launch into this post, let me lay the foundation for it. These are the basics many of you may understand, but if you don't, this post won't make sense (or won't be actionable).

I am assuming you have taken a DNA test. Alternatively, you might be considering taking one. What's important is, this is a tool you use on your results. This isn't a company to purchase a test from.

This tool is for autosomal DNA (atDNA). This is the type of DNA test sold by AncestryDNA, MyHeritage DNA, and 23 and Me. FamilyTreeDNA calls this their "Family Finder" test. There are some additional companies that also offer this type of test. Today, this is the most common type of DNA test taken for genealogy so there's a good chance it's what you have taken.

I have two primary goals for writing this post.
  • Make you aware of this free tool and why you should use it.
  • For current users of this tool, give you more ways to encourage your matches to use this tool.

NGS Conference App +prep and planning

This just in...

The 2017 NGS Conference app is now available.
You can see details at,

I'm posting not just to make sure you know this (if you're attending the conference) but for an additional reason.

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.

    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.

    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.

    What's happening in the Occasional Genealogist world?

    This post is a "round-up" of various small bits of information I want to share with you. These are time sensitive for mid-April 2017. Enjoy!

    Another New UPDATE

    Free Access to

    This weekend only (April 14th to 16th). This is in celebration of their 500th webinar so that means you'll have access to 500 webinars for free!

    Get the details, here.

    New UPDATE

    Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Interactive Maps

    These had been down for quite a while but are now back with new features! Check it out, here.

    These interactive maps allow you to see the changing county boundaries in the U.S. from the Internet. While they were down, you could still download data or view static maps. I never find static maps that helpful for changing boundaries (although we obviously did that for decades before technology gave us other options).

    My solution for the lack of the interactive maps was to download the files to use in Google Earth. For locations I work in a lot, this is fantastic. You can save what you're working on and easily come back to it later. The customizations you can create can also really help you "discover" locational information that makes a difference in your research.

    However, you just don't always want to download files and use them in Google Earth. You may not want or know how to use Google Earth. You may be on a device where you can't use Google Earth. You might just want to quickly look at something. The interactive maps are great in these situations.

    Where's My FTM?

    Genealogy Education Unplugged: part 1

    Part I: Intro and Local Societies


    One of the easiest ways to improve your genealogical skills is through lectures, classes, seminars, institutes, and other "taught" mediums. Being directed by a "teacher" is certainly simpler than having to find the information yourself. I'd also consider listening easier than reading. A live teacher, online or offline, also gives you the chance to ask questions.

    In the last decade, a lot of quality lectures have been coming online. Initially, these were mainly for less experienced genealogists but today you can find a lot more advanced topics and also specialty topics.

    This is great for genealogists who can't travel. And even if you can travel, it gives you more options. Some of these online options are free. The more in-depth or advanced ones usually cost money.
    If you've been taking advantage of these options, great! But have you overlooked the traditional educational opportunities? That is, offline lectures, classes, institutes, and conferences?

    This is a short series of articles about offline education. The online choices are getting better each day and change so fast, it's pretty hard to give an overview of them.

    To maximize your education, you should find a combination of online and offline education that works for you.
    Why should you spend your limited time on genealogy education? | The Occasional Genealogist

    Why Education for Occasional Genealogists

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