family records

22 Oct 2014

Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP

Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP - Sassy Jane GenealogyThe Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP is for real! You can save $100 on an annual Ancestry World Explorer subscription if you are an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) member. A few weeks ago, I published a post about the 30 percent AARP discount to Ancestry.com subscriptions for new or renewing Ancestry World Explorer subscribers.

There was confusion among readers and online about Ancestry‘s actual pricing for this subscription discount, so here’s what I learned when I called today to renew my annual subscription.

Membership levels:

There are now three levels of Ancestry subscriptions:

U.S. Discovery: All U.S. records on Ancestry.com ($20/monthly or $99/6 months but no discount through AARP)

World Explorer: All U.S. & international records on Ancestry.com ($34.99/monthly, $149/6 months or $104/6 months with AARP membership, renewable for another six months at the AARP discount rate)

21 Aug 2014

Summer Sale on Archival Supplies

The summer sale on archival supplies for genealogy records at Hollinger ends 30 Aug 2014.

Get 20 percent off everything at Hollinger Metal Edge, where professional archivists buy their supplies with the code SUMMER2014.

summer sale on archival supplies sassy jane genealogyI am dismayed when genealogists tell me they buy acid-free supplies  for their priceless family papers at discount stores, home parties, or other outlets that aren’t in the preservation business. That isn’t where libraries or archives shop and neither should you. Archivists swear by Hollinger, the leader in this field since 1945. If they say it’s acid-free, you can count on it.

Stock up on the summer sale on archival supplies with these favorites for your genealogy records.

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1 May 2014

MayDay Genealogy Data

MayDay 2014 Genealogy Data Sassy Jane GenealogyToday’s post is MayDay Genealogy Data, to mark MayDay 2014, an annual national preservation day sponsored by professionals from archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation, and historical societies. On this date each year, these professions review their emergency preparedness plans, and help individuals with emergency preparedness for personal data and papers.

So let’s take a leaf from the Society of American Archivists and take time during MayDay 2014 to think about preserving our family history data.

At home, too often our emergency planning takes second place to more pressing demands. (I’m going to assume that everyone has already ensured their personal safety so that we can focus on data. But if you need to improve your personal safety measures, visit 72hours.org.)

A starting place for your data and papers:

  1. Are you backing up your data locally?
  2. If you are, could you grab that hard […]
30 Apr 2014

Preservation Week 2014 Audiotapes

preservation week 2014 audiotapes sassy jane genealogyToday’s Preservation Week 2014 Audiotapes post is the fourth of five this week.

Today’s post – preservation of audio cassette tapes – was written by Amy Kohlstedt and Sara Doyle, of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium. With proper care, they estimate the audio cassette tapes have a life expectancy of up to 30 years. Use these tips for proper care:

Tip #1—Recording. Always use new, high quality, brand name tapes, 90 minutes or shorter (60 preferred). Longer tapes are less durable. Use cassettes that are screwed together instead of welded. Avoid chromium dioxide tapes; they don’t last as long. Record on one side only to prevent the sound on one layer of tape being imprinted onto the next. Tapes should be labeled using non-solvent-based or water-based felt-tip permanent markers.

Tip #2—Storage. Fast-forward and rewind the tapes before […]