Along with our Web site’s new look unveiled a couple of weeks ago, we started something else: Family Tree Magazine Plus, an online membership that gives you access to archived articles from the print Family Tree Magazine.
That’s nine years’ worth of advice on researching ancestors from around the world and in the United States, help finding and using genealogy records, recommendations for genealogy Web sites and books, guidance on researching and preserving photos and heirlooms, product and Web site reviews, ways to celebrate your heritage, and more.
In addition, Plus members will get access to new articles when an issue is published, as well as exclusive content that’s not in the print magazine (such as decorative family tree charts that I’ll post about next week).
The cost is $39.99 per year or $5.99 per month. Check out our money-saving VIP program, too, which includes the Plus membership, a year’s subscription to the print Family Tree Magazine, an automatic discount at Family Tree Shop and other goodies.
(Genealogy Insider newsletter subscribers will get a special message about the VIP program this weekend.)
Of course, much of our site is still freely accessible by anyone. We’ll still add new free content, and all the articles and forms that were free before are still free.
When you search FamilyTreeMagazine.com using the search box in the top right corner, you’ll get a list of both Plus and free article titles that match your search.
Next to articles that are part of the Plus membership, you’ll see a green plus icon. Here’s an example:
The Sort By Menu at the top of the results lets you sort the list of articles by Plus/Free (the free articles will then be listed after the Plus articles).
You can click on a Plus article title to read the first paragraph or two, which looks something like this:
Click one of the “Join Plus” buttons to start a membership. Or, if you’re a Plus member and you’re logged in, you’ll see the whole article.
Plus articles show up right on the Web site—no need to download anything.
There’s also a printer-friendly link at the end of every Plus and free article, so you can easily take articles with you to the library.
For a shortcut to starting a Plus membership, just click the orange Join now! button on our home page.
We’re glad to be able to offer this convenient, online way to access the tips and resources in past issues of Family Tree Magazine. If you prefer a more-traditional way to get your genealogy how-to information, though, you can download many back issues and individual articles as PDFs from Family Tree Shop. Most recent back issues are still available in print, too.