There’s no doubt that family history can be an expensive hobby. If you’re spending serious amounts of time on it, you’ll probably spend some serious money too. Subscriptions to a few major data sites, and a handful of civil registration certificates, can cost you a couple of hundred pounds a year, and then there are accessories such as software, storage solutions and more.

With a bit of creative thinking, however, and the advice at this website, you’ll discover that there are often free alternatives to, or free starter versions of, paid-for products and services. While they won’t always give you everything you want, it’s surprising what can be found with some delving – which we’ve done for you!