July 24, 2019
Free trials are a great way to see if a genealogy platform is right for you, since some websites and resources can have very expensive monthly or yearly fees. They can also be wonderful if you are searching for an elusive ancestor that turned up crickets and tumbleweeds on other websites.
But how do you get the most out of a free trial? Here are some tips that may help:
Schedule the trial for when you have free time:
Nothing’s worse than signing up for a free trial during the week, getting caught up with other things and then coming back to find that your trial has ended and you were charged a large sum of money! Instead, try to sign up when there is a long weekend or holidays, it gives you plenty of time to binge-research without having to worry about time running out.
One free trial at a time:
Signing up for multiple free trials at once is an easy thing to do when caught up in excitement but here’s the thing, by having too many trials at once, you can lose track of which ones you have cancelled and which ones you haven’t, meaning you could end up paying a lot of money. As soon as you are finished with one trial, cancel it straightaway, then start another if you have time.
During the week, make a list of the ancestors you are hoping to research and have their profiles set up in seperate tabs on your computer. Start with the most important and work your way down the line, this saves a lot of confusion and ensures none of your ancestors miss out.
Go for the premium version:
It’s a free trial, you might as well get the best version you can 😊
I hope these tips will help you the next time you sign up for a free trial, Enjoy!
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