An earlier post discussed some websites where a short-term subscription may be a viable option, particularly if there is a database of images that may significantly help your research. A month-long subscription may be cheaper than ordering microfilm or actual record copies. Here are a few additional things to consider before getting that one-month subscription.
- Make a list of the people for whom you want to search in that database. Take some time making the list so that no one is overlooked.
- Know what materials are in the database.
- Know what materials are available elsewhere for free–most fee-based databases have at leasst some images/indexes that are available elsewhere
- Get the subscription at a time in the year when you will have time to really use the database. Think about your own personal schedule. This means avoiding:
- times when family comes to visit
- busy times in your personal or work life
- subscribing right after you’ve purchased a computer you are not quite familiar with
- Save any located images and references to your own personal computer, digital media, etc. Saving them to a personal “tree” or your online “account” generally means you need to have paid access to that account in order to access the images.
- Save images. This is repeated twice because it’s important <grin>.