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5 Ways to Save on Genealogy This Summer


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The 5 Ways to Save . . .

I'm always trying to save money when it comes to genealogy and here are just five of the latest ways I've been able to do it:
  • Check for Society Discounts:  Many genealogy societies and even professional organizations, including the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), offer discounts to their members.
  • Check with Your Employer:  Did you know that the Microsoft Home Use Program lets you download Microsoft Office and other programs for a one time price of $9.95? Your employer must use the Microsoft program and be enrolled in the program.
  • Abandon Your Online Shopping Cart: One trick to use is this: add items to a vendor’s online shopping cart and let it sit for a few days. Then go in and “cancel” your cart. It is likely that the site will send you an email with a special discount to lure you back so you can finalize your purchase.
  • Cycle On and Cycle Off: A common technique many genealogists use to save money is to purchase a short-term membership on a research site like Instead of signing up and paying for a year, get a three or six month membership. Once the membership has expired, take a break and then use other websites for research. Maintain a research log “wish list” of records you want to access or find, and then sign up for that genealogy website again. Get to work locating what you need, then drop off again for a few months.
  • Stay Alert and Be Alerted!: Sign up for a vendor’s newsletter where often you’ll be the first to know about a new product or a discount. Also, if the site has a blog, make sure you subscribe to the posts either via email or RSS feed. Concerned about receiving too much junk email? Create a special email account at Google or Yahoo that you use just for signing up for deals and specials. Also learn how to use Google Alerts to get notified: create alerts using keywords such as genealogy and sale or a product name and sale.


FREE Access to Military Records through July 31st

  • MyHeritage has FREE access to its World War I Military Records, now through July 31, 2014. Click here to start searching!
  • fold 3 is offering FREE access to its Revolutionary War Collection, now through July 31, 2014. Click here to get started!

Sign Up for The GeneaBloggers Daily

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Back To School Sales - Stock Up on Genealogy Supplies!

Don't forget that the "most wonderful time of the year," meaning Back to School Shopping, is a great time for genealogists to stock up on supplies including notebooks, file folders and more. Even if you've gone "paperless" you can also find deals here at Amazon on technology such as hard drives, software and more. Visit your local stores or visit Pinterest here for sales and inspiration.

FREEBIE: Creating an Ancestor Timeline on Pinterest

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 16th, my article Creating an Ancestor Timeline on Pinterest will appear along with a FREE Excel template to help organize your pins. Since you're a loyal reader of this newsletter, you get a sneak peek at this helpful content and you don't have to sign up for the template download or go through any hoops to get it! Click here for the PDF version of the article and click here for the Excel download!

My Upcoming Speaking Appearances

My summer travel schedule is heating up, and I may very well be speaking at a venue near you. Stop by and say hello if you can!
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Crystal Lake, Illinois
    I'll be speaking at the McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society's annual conference, along with Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List!
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Webinar
    I'll be presenting Researching Your Illinois Ancestors at Legacy Family Tree Webinars - sign up here to attend for FREE!
  • Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Indianapolis, Indiana
    Midwestern Roots is one of the largest genealogy conferences in the Midwest, sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society.
  • Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Carterville, Illinois
    I'll be speaking at the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois Annual Conference in Carterville, Illinois.
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Well, that's all for July.  Stay tuned for the next issue of Hack Genealogy E-News where I'll share some tips and tricks as well as give a shout out to some of my favorite technology resources in the genealogy community!

Thomas MacEntee
GeneaBloggers & Hack Genealogy
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