Why so ex­pen­sive?

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Re the ar­ti­cle on your web­site that men­tions the Civil Ser­vice ev­i­dence of age records go­ing on­line, I find it some­what un­rea­son­able that you have to be a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists (SoG) to view th­ese records on­line (cur­rently £ 61 for UK res­i­dents).

As with all things SoG, this is very ex­pen­sive and be­yond most peo­ple’s pock­ets. David Matthew, by email Editor replies: I asked the SoG to re­ply and this is what they said: “The So­ci­ety’s an­nual mem­ber­ship fee not only al­lows free ac­cess to the So­ci­ety’s on­line data but in­cludes free ac­cess to our re­mark­able li­brary, the

Ge­neal­o­gists’ Mag­a­zine and dis­counts on our pub­li­ca­tions and events, as well as ac­cess to many ge­nealog­i­cal web­sites free in the So­ci­ety’s build­ing.

“The Civil Ser­vice Ev­i­dence of Age records form just one of the many col­lec­tions the So­ci­ety has taken in and pre­served af­ter no other ar­chive wanted them and we have no pub­lic sub­sidy or in­come to un­der­take such con­ser­va­tion, in­dex­ing and digi­ti­sa­tion work other than from our mem­ber­ship and ed­u­ca­tional and pub­lish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and part­ner­ships. It has ac­tu­ally taken about 20 years of staff and vol­un­teer ef­fort to bring the in­dex and im­ages to the pub­lic.

“The im­ages and re­vised in­dex to the Civil Ser­vice Ev­i­dences are now also pub­lished on our part­ner site Find­my­past. This web­site is made avail­able to view for free in many pub­lic li­braries. So we feel that there are many dif­fer­ent ways to view this data. I hope one of them proves help­ful to your reader.”

Ac­cess to the SoG’s web­site is just one ben­e­fit of mem­ber­ship

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