Ancestry say they are currently 'price testing'. This means that when you visit the Ancestry Home Page and click the Subscribe button (rather than 'your account') you may, temporarily, find the following prices quoted for these packages:
- Premium subscription: Monthly £14.99; 6-monthly £79
- Worldwide subscription: Monthly £19.99; 6-monthly £99
Ancestry tells me that price testing is a regular feature of their business strategy and any test price doesn't affect existing members. I've checked on my current Ancestry account details and, sure enough, I can still renew my subscription at the lower existing rates of:
- Essentials subscription: Monthly £10.95; 12-monthly £83.40
- Premium subscription: Monthly £12.95; 12 monthly £107.40
- Worldwide subscription: Monthly £18.95; 12-monthly £155.40
So it seems some rate increases may be on the way. And they are significant increases, too – more than 27% – if they go ahead. But then again, the current test might reveal that such a hike is more than customers are prepared to pay.
Moving on from the always unwelcome issue of price increases, you might like to check out a new collection that's been added to the Ancestry database yesterday: UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1627-1965. I haven't had a chance to check this one out (because I haven't yet renewed my sub!), but it's described as a diverse collection of 160,370 birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records from more than 30 countries and territories around the world, so if you've got any globe-trotting Irish ancestors, it's possible they'll turn up in this record set.