Genealogy Reviews

Online Subscriptions Compared

Online Subscriptions

There is a great deal of difference between online services and the data you get for your money. As an essential starting point, most people researching their family history need records of Birth, Marriage and Death and the census from 1841 to 1901.

The 'FreeBMD' website may be free, but it isn't complete so a complete resource is needed in any subscription service.

Which subscription to go for depends on a lot of factors: which data sets do you get, how much does it cost and what features does the site have? With new data being added all the time it can be hard to choose which subscription to go for.

The next stage in researching your family after the BMDs and census will be parish and non-conformist records so having these as part of your subscription has got to be a plus. These could take your research back to the 1500's!

An important consideration is being able to refine the results of a search using the occupation, relationship and address fields in the census and whether you can search for a family group. If you are looking for John Smith, systems that use indexed images will overwhelm you with hundreds of thousands of results. Statistically you are going to find common names in your tree so don't let them become a stumbling block.

Only TheGenealogist.co.uk can cut through to show you only relevant families by using the family forenames search, advanced search and house search. Keyword and Advanced search allow searching of occupations, addresses, relationships etc.

All the subscriptions compared below are paid annually. TheGenealogist Personal Premium, Find My Past Explorer and Ancestry are credit free (this means you can do as much searching as you like in the year you have your subscription).

TheGenealogist Personal Plus gives you 800 credits per annum. Searching BMDs is free and viewing images cost 1 credit. Viewing census images cost 3 credits and searching is 1 credit.

 


The Genealogist

1 Year Personal Plus £55.95
1 Year Personal Premium £68.95

Find My Past

1 Year Explorer Subscription £89.95

Ancestry

Premium Subscription £107.40

PCC Wills with images Yes

No

No

BMD Records from 1609 with certificate images

Yes

No

No

Census Transcripts 1841

Yes, Complete for England and Wales with images

Yes with images

Only Name indexed images

Census Transcripts 1851

Yes, Complete for England and Wales with images

Only 6 counties

Only Name indexed images

Census Transcripts 1861

Yes, Complete for England and Wales with images

Yes with images

Only Name indexed images

Census Transcripts 1871

Yes, Complete for England and Wales with images

Yes with images

Only Name indexed images

Census Transcripts 1881

Yes, Most counties with images

Only Transcript

Only Name indexed images

Census Transcripts 1891

Yes, Complete for England and Wales with images

Yes with images

Only Name indexed images

Census Transcripts 1901

Yes, Complete for England and Wales with images

Yes with images

Only Name indexed images

Parish Records

Transcripts

Transcripts with images

Ebooks

FFHS Online

OCRd text from books

Non-Conformist Records
Wesleyan, Baptist and Quakers.

Official TNA Site for Non-conformist records

None

Some

Multiple Family Forenames Search

Search up to 6 forenames with or without surname

2

No

Land Records for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Yes

No

No

100+ Directories Yes No No
Reference Books including Ancestral Trails Yes No No

Electoral Roll

Yes

No

No

 

This table reflects the status of the online services as of 27th August 2009