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Genealogy Newspaper Research : Saving on Subscriptions

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.
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Save on Genealogy Newspaper Subscriptions

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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.

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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.

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.


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").

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.


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?

Resource Library Links

I'm updating the Resource Library. If a link you click to sign-up does not work, try this link instead.