Well today was the day.
The launch date for the 1939 Register on the Find My Past website.
I've been looking forward to this day for two years.
I've read all the blog posts and almost been counting down the days.
Well, that was until last week when I received an email with details about the pricing policy.
I knew it was going to cost.
I knew it would cost quite alot.
Family History is an expensive hobby but I never thought it would cost so much to access the 1939 Register.
The email offered a 10% discount to Find My Past subscribers but when I came to download my first record I couldn't see anywhere to apply the code.
The first record I've downloaded was for my husband's grandparents and mother. His auntie was redacted because her birth date was less than 100 years ago even though she died in the early 2000s. The record hasn't told me anything I didn't know already except it confirms that grandfather Maurice John Arthur Murray was a motor lorry driver. We thought this was the case but as he had poor health post WW1 experiences and died soon after WW2 started it was interesting to see that he was still working in 1939.
The Find My Past website makes much of the additional material that is provided with the record but I wasn't overly impressed. There's a contemporary map with the address pinpointed but again I knew this already; a few generic photos; a clutch of stats; and a couple of newspaper clippings.
First impressions: too expensive and rather disappointing.
I've paid for the five record bundle and will come back with more thoughts when I've looked at further records.
What do you think of my website make-over?
I've spent most of the rest of today messing about with websites. I like Weebly Websites and they've introduced some new layouts so I thought it was time for a change. I've given my ebook publishing website a makeover too at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com and moved my contact form over there to get all my messages onto one email address. I hope this layout works alright on iPads and mobile phones.
Have you seen this website?
Not too much to do with Family History but this is a brilliant animation of the Bayeux Tapestry if you haven't seen it. http://www.openculture.com/2012/03/the_bayeux_tapestry_animatio.html
Thanks for visiting my website and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK