Why so expensive?
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