Family history website Findmypast has announced a new pricing structure, changing how much subscribers pay and what records they will be able to access.
The new structure will have three tiers, of which the cheapest is the freshly introduced ‘Starter’ structure.
This costs £8.95 a month or £72 a year and is aimed at family history beginners, covering UK BMD and census records.
The more expensive packages are ‘Plus’ (£12.95 a month, £120 a year) and ‘Pro’ (£15.95 a month, £156 a year).
The ‘Plus’ section covers British and Irish records, whilst ‘Pro’ covers records around the world.
These packages cost more per month, but the same per year, than their equivalents under the old pricing structure – ‘Britain’ (£9.95 a month, £120 a year) and ‘World’ (£12.95 a month, £156 a year).
The ‘Plus’ package, unlike its predecessor, offers access to Irish as well as British records.
However, Findmypast’s 22 million newspaper pages will now only be available under the Pro package.
The newspapers are available separately on the British Newspaper Archive.
The 1939 Register, which provides a census of the nation just before the start of the Second World War and is only available online via Findmypast, will be available to monthly Plus and Pro subscribers. It has not previously been included in monthly packages.
Gail Rivett, Findmypast’s chief marketing officer, said: “At Findmypast, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to understand their place in history through their ancestors’ stories.
“By making the 1939 register available to monthly subscribers and creating these new packages, we aim to provide a more accessible service that will enable even more people to share unique moments of discovery.”
Existing Findmypast users will not be moved onto any of the packages, and can continue using their existing subscription if their account is set to auto-renew.
When their subscriptions expire, they will be asked to choose one of the new options.