Irish genealogy special offers come in all shapes and sizes and are
announced to coincide with traditional festivals (St Patrick's
Day/Christmas, for example) and at steady intervals throughout the year.
This page of Irish Genealogy Toolkit is updated regularly, so be
sure to bookmark it if you want to be sure of picking up a bargain and
keeping the cost of your ancestral search under control.
Here are the current* Irish genealogy special offers and discounts:
* page last updated on 24 April 2017
National DNA Day: discounts on Living DNA test kits
National DNA Day commemorates the publication in 1953 when papers on the structure of DNA
by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and
colleagues appeared in the journal Nature.
Living DNA is a testing company based in the UK. It launched last
year and has quickly made a name for itself in the global genetics
field. The company believes the
Living DNA test is the world's most advanced, offering twice the detail
of other ancestry tests. It breaks down your DNA mix across 80 world
regions, including 21 in Ireland and Britain, and additionally provides
details of ancestral migration pattens via your Motherline ancestry and,
if the person being tested is male, Fatherline Ancestry.
It's good to see that the company will also shortly be introducing DNA
Matching, giving researchers the choice to securely compare their DNA
with other people's DNA in the Living DNA database.
You can find out more about the Living DNA test and enjoy a special
National DNA Day discount by clicking on your preferred flag below (flag
= currency and discount shown). The special offer is now live and will
run until Wednesday 26 April.
Canada – CAD$119
AncestryDNA savings for DNA Day
With DNA Day on Wednesday 26 April, Ancestry DNA is offering discounts on its testing kits. The savings vary, as follows:
Ancestry DNA Canada: CAD$30 off
Ancestry DNA USA: 20% off.
Ancestry DNA Ireland & UK: A 25% discount (£20) reduces the price to £59.
Shipping costs are additional.
In each case, the special offer will run until 11:59pm on Wednesday 26 April.
Newspaper Archives: up to 30% discounts on offer
Nearly 22 years since the presses last rolled, the Irish Press
newspaper group, Irish Press plc, is to be wound up. The paper was founded by
former taoiseach and president Eamon De Valera and started publication
in 1931. The full archive is available to search and view on the Dublin-based Irish Newspaper Archives, along with another 70 historical and current, national and local newspapers.
To mark the turning of the final page of the Irish Press story, the Irish Newspaper Archive has made available free downloadable pdfs of the front pages of both the very first edition and the very last edition of the newspaper.
Additionally, a couple of special offers have been announced for subscriptions to the Archive. There's
- a 20% discount on a month's subscription (use Code
- a 30% discount on an annual subscription
(use Code Irishpress002).
These discounts will expire on
Monday 24 April.
FindMyPast's Australian & New Zealand collection free for Anzac Day long weekend
FindMyPast is marking Anzac Day by making its entire Australian and New Zealand collection free for five days.
This collection holds 96 million records of military service, life
events (BMDs), travel and migration, education and working life, court
and legal records, and more. You can see the full list of record sets here.
Click the image below and you'll not only be able to start
searching for your ancestors by name, you'll also find a free quide to
tracing your ancestors in Australia and New Zealand, and an invitation
to register for a free webinar on Anzac Day.
To view the records you'll need a registered account. If you don't
already have one, you'll be prompted to create one when you start
searching the collection. It's a simple and fast procedure; you have
only to provide your name, email address and password.
details are requested.
The free access period is now live and will continue until 11:59pm AEST on Tuesday 25 April.
Ancestry marks Anzac Day with five days' free access to its Australian and New Zealand military collections
To commemorate Anzac Day 2017 (25 April), Ancestry.com.au has opened up
its historical Australian and New Zealand military records collection
for free access over the long weekend.
You can check out the full list of record sets included here.
If you don't already have a registered account with Ancestry, you'll
need to set one up. This is easy enough to do, and you have only to
provide your name, email address and a password – no financial details
are requested. See the Create a Free Account form here.
“Anzac” stands for 'Australian and New Zealand Army Corps'. Anzac Day
marks the anniversary of the day in 1915 during World War One when
Australian and New Zealand troops went ashore at Anzac Cove on the
Gallipoli peninsula. This was the Anzacs first major military action as
part of the Great War, and they faced fierce resistance from the Ottoman
AmericanAncestors.org: 32 probate collection - FREE
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering 7 days
of free access to 32 probate-related databases. These databases hold
some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other
New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick
in Canada. As such, they can be useful both to those with Irish
ancestors who immigrated to North America and those who have 'missing'
members of their extended ancestral family.
If you don't already have a Guest Account
at the NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, you'll need to set one up.
It's simple enough and free. Guest access automatically includes access
to a different set of 20-odd useful databases, so it's worth setting
In addition to the 32 databases included in the current free access
offer, researchers will find a host of support information from the
Society about probate records and their use in family history research.
There's a webinar by probate expert David Allen Lambert, as well as
videos on how to search for New York, New England and Massachusetts
probate collections, plus written features providing guidance on finding
these records and how to get copies of documents.
Free access to the probate collection will continue until Tuesday 25 April.
Wide range of FamilyTreeDNA test kits in DNA Day Sale
FamilyTreeDNA's National DNA Day Sale sees special discounts across nearly all its range of testing kits.
Its bestseller – the autosomal Family Finder test – has seen its price
slashed to just $59, while its Y-DNA and MtFull Sequence tests and
bundles of product across the categories have also received generous
See sale price list and product descriptions here.
The DNA Day Sale ends at 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday 27 April,
which is a day later than other promotions currently running with other
DNA testing companies.
FindMyPast.com launches Starter subscription with 70% discount
A new 'Starter' subscription
has been launched by FindMyPast.com aimed primarily at beginner family historians in the United States.
The launch offer comes with a huge 70% discount on the 12-month option, reducing its cost from $114.50 to just $34.95. (The monthly option does not attract a discount; it costs $9.95 a month.)
As well as access to FindMyPast's online family tree builder, the Starter subscription includes more than 2.9 billion records including:
- US immigration & travel records: This collection includes records of people leaving the UK between 1890 and 1960, and passenger lists from states including Florida and California
- US birth, marriage and death records: Notable record sets in our Starter Package are CA births and marriages, NY marriages and SC deaths. FindMyPast's comprehensive marriage collection, spanning 360 years, is not included (see Premium)
- US Newspapers: Historic newspapers are a valuable – and often underutilized – resource for family history researchers. They contain family announcements, details about criminal cases, military commendations and much more.
- UK & Irish Censuses: Essential for Americans with Irish or British heritage.
- Access to FMP's free collections of US census records and Irish Parish Catholic Registers.
For comparison, the regular 'full' package, now known as Premium, costs $239.40 for a year or $19.95 for a month, and gives access to more than 8 billion records.