NEWS: Free Credits for ScotlandsPeople

ScotlandsPeople Home Page where you can get 20 free credits to add to your account.
ScotlandsPeople Home Page where you can get 20 free credits to add to your account.

FREE Credits for ScotlandsPeople Website

Scotland Now website has teamed up with ScotlandsPeople to encourage family history research by providing 20 FREE Credits, worth ₤4.50, (US$6.70, AUS$8.60) on ScotlandsPeople website. You have until April 30, 2015 to take advantage of this offer.

For New Subscribers – you get 20 FREE credits on a site where it costs 1 credit to look at a results page, and 5 credits to view an image, or 10 credits for a will. It gives you the opportunity to explore the site before adding or spending more money.

For Current Subscribers – you can add 20 credits to your existing credits, and it will reactivate your account and any inactive credits will become active again. It will also extend the expiration clock on all credits to 365 days. This is a big win-win for existing subscribers and everyone should take advantage of this offer.

Take advantage of this offer if you have Scottish Ancestry. Follow this link to the Scotland Now page – you will be asked to take a one question survey which you can skip if you want to.

Unlock The Past Genealogy Cruise – Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest?

We are now into day four of the Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise. The lecture that has opened the most eyes with excitement so far has been “Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest?”  This lecture examines the civil functions of the English parish, highlighting the records it may provide: the names of the fathers of illegitimate children; the place of origin in the settlement records; those receiving indoor or outdoor relief from the parish; the names of parish officials; the names of those paying property taxes, or being excused because they are too poor. English Parish Chests contain lots of records that participants did not know existed. For many, these could be the resources they need to break down their brick walls.
Once home after this 10-day genealogy intensive in the beautiful Pacific, participants will be able to check out parish records as a new and possibly rich resource for their research.