…is about to begin. My subscription ends January 2nd, and I just don’t have the $250 to renew (and that’s with the 20% loyalty discount!). So over the next few days I’ll be going over my English families again to ensure I’ve done all I can for them with this particular subscription. It’s actually forcing me to organize myself a bit better which is always a good thing. I’ll also go down some of the collatoral lines as well and pick up what I can.
I know the arguments for the prices of these subscription sites–it is without a doubt much cheaper than flying there to do the research. However given a budget and a choice, I’d much rather do the trip! Who wouldn’t want to visit the old country, the stomping grounds of some of the names we’ve added to our tree, getting a flavour of the people and places. Given a tight budget, however, I am very happy that my local library at least has a subscription to ancestry.ca. Sure, not quite the same as sitting in your pjs and bunny slippers as you search from morning ’til night, taking nary a bathroom break as you hunt them down, but definitely easier on the pocket book. Maybe I should look into becoming a professional Genealogist, then I could write off all these online database subscriptions as tax deductions!