Origins Network Upgrade

By Diane Haddad Premium

The UK genealogy-data site formerly known as has given itself a new name, Origins Network, to accompany its broader coverage and its switch to a subscription payment system.

Webmasters also renamed their English records collection “British Origins,” reflecting the network’s plan to add non-English records, including the 1871 census of Glamorgan, Wales. The Irish and Scottish collections already contain new databases. Origins Search, a free, genealogy-specific search engine that previously found Irish Web sites, will now find English and Scottish sites for you, too.

Subscription fees have replaced the Origins Network’s credit system, in which a user would “spend” pre-purchased credits each time he viewed a record. The cost for access to all the collections ranges from 7.5 pounds (about $14) for three days to 34.5 pounds (about $64) per year. Separate subscriptions to the British, Irish or Sottish collection also are available. You’ll have to stay on top of things, though: Unless you cancel your account when your subscription ends, it automatically will be renewed for the same duration.
From the February 2005 Family Tree Magazine