Family History magazine subscriptions – A comparison for 2018

At this time of the year, you may be looking for a magazine subscription as a gift to yourself or your family’s historian.  Four magazines that I am interested in reading in 2018 are:

  • Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Your Family History
  • Family Tree
  • BBC History

Leverage Your Library Card

library card

Before you do anything else, dig out your library card and check what titles are included in your county library online services.  If you aren’t a member of your local library or you don’t have a current card, join, apply for a card and open your online account.  Membership of UK county libraries is generally open to residents in the county and free.


As I live on the boundary between two counties, I have two library cards, which give me free access to a range of popular magazines.  Both cards provide access to ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘BBC History’ and Suffolk also includes ‘Your Family History’.  That’s three out of four on my wish list sorted!  Which family history magazines does your county library subscribe to?

Special Offers and Added Extras

If your magazine of choice isn’t provided by your county library, check for special offers on subscriptions.  Be aware that offers come with conditions, typically auto-renewal or requiring a direct debit, which revert to standard prices.  Whether added extras are a bonus to you is a personal decision.

For the four magazines on my wish list, the best offers I have found are:

Who Do You Think You Are? 6 print issues for £20.45 by direct debit with an added extra, a downloadable version of Family Historian 6.

Your Family History 3 digital issues for £1 then £20.99 every 6 issues by direct debit.

Family Tree Print issues by direct debit, quarterly £9.99 or annual £39.96 comes with the Christmas Pack which includes a 1 month access pass to Findmypast British records and other goodies.

BBC History 5 print issues for £5, then £19.99 by direct debit every 6 issues.

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!


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