RE: Find My Past
- I have a pay per view account with them and that suits me. I have also
chosen to have a one-year international subscription With ancestry.com and
have found it invaluable for my current research (I've saved over 100 images
of census and other records), but once that's complete I may find other
subscriptions provide more value.
"Worth the cost" - what are your criteria? Each person has different
* research resources (discretionary money)
* research needs (e.g., to prove a line that will result in an inheritance,
to clarify medical issues, etc.)
* research wishes (do you want visual image proof of data or simply
transcription indication of proof)
Have you used the indexes (free) to determine that they likely have enough
images of relevance to your research online to merit a subscription
Come up with a rough number of how many images you expect to find, then
divide the subscription cost by that number. Individual image proofs can
cost $20-50 in some cases when you order from a government office - then one
generally only gets the ones that they consider "essential". If you find
the images at this site could average $5 or less - that's obviously a
bargain in comparison. But $5 each for many images - is that within your
Have you compared what they have to offer versus ancestry.com or other
subscriptions that you have (or could purchase - there are a lot of options
now for UK)?
While focused specifically on UK, FindMyPast also provides a good index to
passenger lists from UK to Canada - voyages that were only the tail end of
arrival in N America. So even if one doesn't have UK roots, the passenger
lists can be very helpful (e.g., I've used it successfully to locate persons
emigrating from Russia through England to Canada). I've also used their
indexes successfully to pinpoint images in the Cdn National Archives
unindexed passenger lists.
My comments certainly aren't definitive, but perhaps these and other
contributed criteria provide a basis for you to make a decision.
Judith Rempel, B.A., M.A., Coordinator
queries@... & rempel@...
Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta
From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...] On Behalf
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:16 AM
Subject: Find My Past
I am thinking of joining FindMyPast.com, and wondered what others have
found. Is it worth the cost?
Thanks for any responses in advance.