Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Could the economic downturn be a genealogy opportunity?

With RRSP savings sinking, and general economic uncertainty, people are starting to rediscover family history. Folks are taking out the family files they put on the back burner and finding many no- and low-cost resources online that weren't there only a few years ago. Compared to the cost of travel and shopping, staying at home and researching family history is a bargain.

FamilySearch and Library and Archives Canada's Canadian Genealogy Centre continue to open up new resources. You can sign up for a free two-week trial subscription to Ancestry.

Some companies are sharpening their pencils and offering discounts. For example, recent customers and subscribers to the Global Genealogy eNewsletter can get 15% off on purchases until Saturday night, February 14th at midnight from Global Genealogy. Even if you're not presently an eNewsletter subscriber you can sign up online, here, then place an order the same day and receive the discount. Just put "Customer Appreciation" in the Special Instructions box in the final online check out screen.

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