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Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 2 Mar 2011 10:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
I recently discovered scotlandspeople.gov.uk which i found was amazing showed much clearer documents and details of my ancestors that ancestry website, however it got to a point where i kept running out of credits i have spent about £18 so far on 90 credits and near enough spent up. ive gone a fair way back with my tree looking at these documents and then decided i wanted to come forward to present day through other siblings of ancestors. This posed a problem as i didnt know if they had died young or not married so the first thing i did was put them into the search field to find a marriage. The only way i could find if they were the right one is if there father matched up on the parish record. 24 results came up, that would cost me £24 thats alot of money.

Has anyone else found that this site gets to a point where its not worth paying so much for so little back. I have emailed them suggesting to add a subscription service like this site however i dont see them doing that if there making so much already as it is.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 7 Feb 2012 10:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, if you live or are near Glasgow, you can book a day at the Mitchell library family history centre.

It costs £15 from 9.30am till 4pm and you have access to all records in Scotland, it's real value for money and you get everything and more thats contained in the Scotlands People site.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 7:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have been considering this website as my family emigrated from there in about 1850s. The pay-per-view has made me quite hesitant to try it for the very reason you mention - getting too many random returns to view before being able to find any relevant ones. Could I ask, how many files were you able to view for those 90 credits, and how far back were you able to find documents for? Unfortunately, I live too far away for a trip to the Glasgow Library.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 3 Jul 2013 7:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have found the Scotlandspeople.gov.uk site to be well worthwhile, even at the cost. Benefits are that the records can be viewed immediately, whereas English and Welsh records have to be sent for (at a higher cost) and may be the incorrect ones. To narrow down the field I use FamilySearch which is the Mormon site to give some guidance before going into the Scotlands Peoples site for more info.
It does help if you know the area where relatives lived.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 20 Jul 2013 6:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't see it so much as the cost, as the way it is billed, as in the original posters comments - it would make more sense to have a subscription. However, it seems to be a British Isles custom to do pay per view. It is too bad, because, especially in Ireland, there are few records surviving to begin with, and then they seem particularly stingy with sharing them. There doesn't seem to be a culture there, like in the US where people are willing to look up records and post data online.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 28 Jul 2013 10:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't think it is a culture throughout the United Kingdom. One of the sites I was introduced to through an Ancestry member is Lincs to the Past (Lincolnshire area). It is a free site and even though is takes more effort to locate records, once you find one family entry, you can often locate many more relatives in the same parish registry book. They have a copy of the entire book that you must go through page by page. And while they have not made it indexed it for searching, they have a list of last names recorded so you don't have to zoom in on all pages that don't list the family name you want. I found a lot of records on this site that Ancestry did/does not have.

I agree with looking on FamilySearch first. That is how I learned a little bit about my ancestors from Scotland.

Any suggestions on how many credits a first time user should purchase to get started? I have a few separate families I'm about ready to start to research there.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 26 Oct 2013 11:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes I have a problem with the expectation that I have to pay for something which may or may not be in their data base. First pay then we will let you look. I really don't like this.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 29 Oct 2013 5:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
At least you know almost instantly if you have the correct record, whereas in England and Wales you have to wait for a paper copy and that again may be the wrong one, and at a much higher cost.

Re: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk - high cost to view

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 4:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Very good point That would be much worse.

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