Saving a quid or a buck

Ancestry and FindMyPast each have British and Australian websites in addition to their US ones:

If you click on one of those “foreign” links you may get a message saying something like “Oh, we see you’re in the US, we’ll take you to our American site instead.” You may of course reply “No thanks, I know what I’m doing.”

For each of the companies, if you go to the US site, US records form your base package when you subscribe. If you’d like to see British and Australian records, you have to upgrade to a more expensive “world” subscription. At the British and Australian sites, of course, the local records are the base package and the US part of an upgrade.

So you may save a quid or a buck, if you’d like a paid subscription at home, by starting at one of the “foreign” websites instead of the “American” one. You need to be aware that prices are in the local currency; pounds sterling in Great Britain or the Australian dollar down under. Also, for any of the sites, you can register without subscribing, and they may occasionally send you a special discount rate not available at the website, in hopes you’ll sign up.

For Ancestry, all the records in these other subscriptions are already available in the club rooms. FindMyPast on the other hand is primarily British records, and the club has no subscription. I don’t see anything in the FindMyPast US collection that’s not at FamilySearch for free, so I would choose one of the overseas sites if I wanted to subscribe to that.

Caveat: I haven’t subscribed this way myself. But Pat Menon likes the idea.

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