Friday, 24 November 2017

Half price book offers from Family Tree Magazine - including my own Irish Genealogy Guide
It's that time of year when genealogists should be keeping their beady eyes open for the best special offers, discounts and deals on subscriptions, dna tests, books and all manner of products that we need and covet to facilitate and enjoy our hobby or profession.

So I feel duty bound to tell you that my book The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland, which was published at the end of May, is on special offer (half price, no less) along with a number of other best sellers from the publishers of the USA's Family Tree Magazine.

To see the full selection of books and products on special offer, click the image above.

Alternatively, if you just want to buy the Irish Genealogy Guide (the 50% reduction brings the price down to just $13.50 plus shipping ($4.95 for USA), you can find out more on its dedicated sales page, or in the blogpost I published just after the book's launch.

For reviews, see

50% discounts on subscriptions, plus AncestryDNA test kits at cheapest price this year: $59 has set out its Black Friday / Cyber Monday stall with some BIG discounts on both its membership subscriptions and Ancestry DNA test kits.

The membership discounts are available via the 'gift purchase' route, and there is absolutely nothing to stop you buying them for yourself. Everyone should buy themselves a gift every now and again, after all.

So, here's the breakdown of the offers this long weekend:

US Discovery – Access to all US records (50% off) – Gift
12-month subscription reduced from $189 to $94 (save $95)
6-month subscription reduced from $99 to $49 (save $50)

World Explorer – Access all US and international records – Gift
12-month subscription reduced from $299 to $149 (save $150)
6-month subscription reduced from $149 to $74 (save 75)

These membership offers are available for new subscribers only and are not for renewal of current subscriptions.

Ancestry DNA test kit
Now at its cheapest price of the year – just $59 – the price tag includes taxes. Shipping is extra and is only to US addresses.

All these offers end on Monday 27 November at 11:59pm ET.

Save 40% on new Fold3 annual Premium subscription

Fold3, Ancestry's specialist military database, has a Black Friday / Cyber Monday special offer for new Fold3 subscribers taking out an annual Premium membership package.

The 40% discount reduces the price from US$79.95 to US$47.95.

Fold 3's collections are not exclusively US-based. Not by any means. Here's a list of just some of the record sets in the database.

  • Revolutionary War Service & Pension Records
  • Civil War Widows Pensions
  • orld War II Draft Cards
  • Australia WWI & WII Service Records
  • British Army WWI Service Records
  • UK Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records
  • UK Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admission and Discharge Records

It isn't only military, either. It also holds Naturalisation records, City Directories, 1860 and 1930 US Censuses, Newspapers and much more. offers DNA tests at lowest price of the year
Offering a saving of CAD$50, is promoting its lowest price of the year to Canadian residents buying an Ancestry DNA test kit.

Reduced from the standard price of CAD$129 to CAD$79, the price you pay includes taxes. Shipping costs are extra.

The discount will end at 11:59pm on Monday 27 November.

RootsIreland: one-third off cost of annual subscriptions is offering a hefty one-third discount on 12-month subscriptions to its database of more than 20million records.

https://www.rootsireland.ieThe website contains data from more than 30 heritage centres across the island (excluded are southwest Cork, including Cork City, Kerry, and Dublin City) and is one of the main resources for accessing Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and other church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths. For many areas, the Catholic records extend by some decades those available on other websites, and the same can be said of the database's civil records collection.

Not for nothing does renowned genealogist John Grenham refer to RootsIreland (here) as 'the one essential commercial genealogy site for Irish research'.

You can check what records are available for each county using this handy widget.

RootsIreland doesn't make many offers, and even when it does, they are rarely of this size of discount, so don't miss this opportunity.

The 12-month subscription usually costs €225 / GB£185 / US$255. With the one-third discount, the cost is reduced to €150 / GB£123 / US$170. The offer runs until 11:59pm GMT on Thursday 7 December.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

FindMyPast's Black Friday deals - up to 75% off, and each has a couple of Black Friday discounts on offer to the World/Premium package, which includes full access to FindMyPast's database of 8billion records from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

All offers will expire on Monday 27 November.

Please note these savings are not available via FindMyPast UK.

75% off a one-month World/Premium subscription

Pay just one quarter of the standard price for a whole month of access.

The subscription will automatically renew at the standard price at the end of the month; if you don't want the subscription to continue, just go to Your Account and change the settings (it's easy to do). – One-month World sub reduced from €14.95 to just €3.74. – One-month World sub reduced from US$19.95 to just US$4.99. – One-month World sub reduced from AUS$19.95 to AUS$4.99.

10% off a 12-month World/Premium subscription

Grab a worthwhile discount to enjoy a whole year of access to FindMypast's entire database. – 12-month World sub reduced from €179.52 to €161.55. – 12-month Premium sub reduced from US$239.52 to US$$215.55. – 12-month World sub down from AUS$239.52 to AUS$215.55.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ancestry DNA (UK & IE only): lowest price this year
Don't miss this offer!

Ancestry DNA is offering a 'Black Friday / Cyber Monday' deal on its DNA test kits. The cost: just £49 / €59 plus shipping – that's the lowest price this year.

This offer is available only on orders sent to addresses in Ireland (pay in Euros) and the UK (pay in Sterling), and runs until 11:59pm GMT on Monday 27 November.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Black Friday: up to 40% discount at Irish News Archive

The Black Friday deals will end at
11:59pm GMT on Sunday 26 November
Fast on the heels of a permanent reduction in its subscription costs (see blogpost), the Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives has come up with Black Friday discounts of up to 40% to lower those prices even further.

With the discount, a monthly subscription to the database's holdings of 78 Irish newspaper titles is reduced by 30% to €$£20.30, while the annual subscription drops by a whopping 40% to just €$£89.40.

To take advantage of this very special offer, head over to Irish Newspaper Archives to view the full list of publications in the database and the years available, and then choose which of the two packages will suit your research best. The offer will end on Sunday 26 November.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Three volunteers sought by PRONI for six-month roles

PRONI's state-of-the-art offices are in
Belfast's Titanic Quarter
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has developed a Volunteer policy and is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to carry out three distinct roles. One will assist with Absent Voters' Lists; another will be allocated to PRONI's Digital Library Library, and the third will assist with the Young & Mackenzie architectural collection.

Each volunteer will be given appropriate training and will be assigned a mentor.

The PRONI Volunteer Policy, together with the three volunteer role descriptions and application forms are available on the PRONI website here.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 8th December 2017. It is expected that potential volunteers will be invited to a volunteer selection meeting with PRONI staff during the week commencing 8 January 2018.

First 15,000 user-submitted census corrections are live

Validation of the user-submitted
corrections started in September
As regular readers of Irish Genealogy News will be aware, genealogist John Grenham started working back in September on a vast backlog of corrections to the 1901 and 1911 census, all submitted by researchers.

The National Archives of Ireland has announced that the first 15,000 corrections are now live. These relate to emails submitted between 25 October 2016 and 11 September 2017.

In his Irish Roots blog today, John makes some observations about the original transcribers and the recent submitters*, and says he'll be making monthly instalments of corrections going forward.

*The East Galway crowd he speaks of sound like the kind of people who ring you up to make sure you received their email. Jeez.