Genealogy Bargains for Wednesday 22 April 2015

EXCLUSIVE! FindMyPast 50% Off Sale – good for ALL 12-month subscriptions and ALL countries – for United States (link), United Kingdom (link), Ireland (link), Australia (link) and New Zealand (link). Use promo code FMPFIRST50 and remember offer expires April 30th at 11:59 pm local time – via FindMyPast.

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Deals

  • EXCLUSIVE! FindMyPast 50% Off Sale – good for ALL 12-month subscriptions and ALL countries – for United States (link), United Kingdom (link), Ireland (link), Australia (link) and New Zealand (link). Use promo code FMPFIRST50 and remember offer expires April 30th at 11:59 pm local time – via FindMyPast.

  • 30% off HistoryLines – a new way to incorporate history and build life sketches for your ancestors! Click here for more information – use promo code EARLYBIRD30 to save 30% off the regular subscription price.

Free mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping – on all items at Lulu.com – use promo code APR15 – expires April 27th – via Lulu.

50% off hardcover photo books at MyPublisher – with FREE shipping! Great for Mother’s Day gifts! expires April 27th - via MyPublisher.

Earth Day Sale! 22% off all items at Zazzle – use promo code EARTHDAYDEAL – today only! Via Zazzle

60% off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software – PC download version, normally $99.99, now $39.99 – via Amazon

Ongoing Deals

A special discount of 34% percent off the new book How to Archive Family Photos by Denise Levenick - here's how to get the special coupon code!

  • Save 34% on How to Archive Family Photos – right now Shop Family Tree has an offer to save 27% off this amazing book by Denise Levenick – normally $25.99, now $18.99 on pre-order. BUT I discovered a FURTHER DISCOUNT! Use promo code SFT2015 at checkout, and save another $1.90 which means a total savings of 34%

FREE ACCESS – Civil War Collection at Fold3 – get free access to over 43 million records related to the US Civil War now through April 30th via fold3

90% Off – The ABCs of Gravestone Symbols

  • Save 50% on Internet and Website Hosting – Simply Hosting is offering a half-price sale on website hosting – you pay just $4.99 per month. I’ve used Simply Hosting for years and I run Geneabloggers.com, High-Definition Genealogy and Hack Genealogy all on one account!  Customer service is excellent and they have experience working with genealogists.

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The latest bargains and freebies related to genealogy and family history from MyHeritage, Family Tree Magazine and more - new listings for Thurs 12 March 2015!

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT on Evidentia Software – for fans and followers of Genealogy Bargains – use promo code HIDEFGEN at checkout and get 15% off the list price – you pay $25.49 instead of $29.99 – via Evidentia

“Evidentia not only solves the problems facing the genealogy community, but also simplifies the process of analyzing evidence and creating proof arguments while still following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).” There is also a FREE 14-day trial available! If you haven’t checked out this amazing software, you really it owe to yourself and your genealogy research to do so!

10% Off Photo and Slide Scanning – use promo code Thomas2015 and save – via Larsen Digital

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 and has become a yearly event to focus on nature and ecology.

Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 and has become a yearly event to focus on nature and ecology.


Today is Wednesday, 22 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Administrative Professionals Day, Earth Day – 45th Anniversary, National Jelly Bean Day, and Oklahoma Land Rush – Anniversary.

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HistoryLines Official Launch with a Bonus

I’m very excited to learn that HistoryLines is now officially launched! I’ve been in contact with Jeff Haddon, one of the co-founders, since the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio, Texas in August 2014. Since then Jeff has kept me posted as to the progress of the HistoryLines product and the value it brings to genealogy and family history researchers.

I like what I’ve seen so far, especially how HistoryLines can help you build a life sketch for an ancestor. “HistoryLines.com provides an automatic, editable life sketch for your ancestors based on when and where they lived. What did your ancestors experience? What were their daily lives really like? Don’t have the elusive records that tell their personal story? HistoryLines can help!”

"HistoryLines.com provides an automatic, editable life sketch for your ancestors based on when and where they lived. What did your ancestors experience? What were their daily lives really like? Don’t have the elusive records that tell their personal story? HistoryLines can help!"

Visit HistoryLines at http://historylines.com and give it a try. Also, if you are interested in a subscription, HistoryLines is offering 30% off new subscriptions forever with the promo code EARLYBIRD30.

HistoryLines Press Release

[Editor’s Note: below is the official HistoryLines Press Release we received here at GeneaBloggers.]

Site provides instant life sketches and personal timelines for ancestors, saving genealogist time

OSWEGO, Ill.—(PR Web)—Apr. 20, 2015— HistoryLines, a leading provider of historical solutions for genealogists and educators, today announced the official launch of historylines.com, a new website for users interested in genealogy and family history. The site allows anyone to better understand the lives of their forebears by describing the historical events and cultural influences that surrounded their lives. Users see their relatives in historical context with a personalized timeline and map, and can read a detailed, editable life sketch based on when and where their ancestor lived in history.

“After several months of large-scale beta testing, we’re very excited to be able to offer the HistoryLines experience to the world,” says Jeff Haddon, HistoryLines co-founder. “HistoryLines addresses two major pain points in the genealogy research process: the scarcity of personal details that tell an ancestor’s life story, and the time it takes to compose a life sketch from research results.” According to Haddon, HistoryLines hopes to dramatically simplify that process for genealogists and family historians.

“Anyone interested in giving HistoryLines a try can create their first two stories for free to explore all the features,” says Haddon. HistoryLines offers subscriptions at $9.99 per month or $59.00 per year. To encourage new users to try out the site, the company is offering 30% off new subscriptions forever with the promo code EARLYBIRD30. As long as the promotional subscriptions don’t lapse, the discount will continue indefinitely. The introductory offer is good through April 30, 2015.

In conjunction with the official launch, HistoryLines is introducing some new features that beta testers haven’t seen yet, including the ability to export and share their ancestors’ life sketches on social media and in PDF format. In addition, users are now able to pursue further research by accessing the source citations for all of the historical data that is presented.

Additional features include the ability to edit the existing life sketch and to add personal events to the timeline and story. Users can build a family tree on the site, or import their family tree via GEDCOM file upload, or from FamilySearch.org, thanks to HistoryLines’ partnership with FamilySearch.

Much of the technology and processes behind the HistoryLines site functionality is protected by a pending a U.S. patent. “As useful as the product is now, it’s only the beginning. We have a rich roadmap of exciting features and capabilities ahead of us. Our mission is to make genealogists’ lives easier,” says Haddon.

About HistoryLines

Formed in 2014, HistoryLines is dedicated to solving persistent obstacles to genealogical research and ancestral understanding. Its initial product offering, HistoryLines.com, is a subscription-based service that places ancestors in historical context and automatically creates an editable life sketch for each of them.

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