Re: [NoblesCountyMN] Digest Number 229
- Karna, actually most things cost less if purchased via the internet. It's
true of department stores' websites and other retail stores' policies as well.
The reason is simply that it costs stores and other merchandisers (including
historical societies) less in manpower, time, etc., to process internet orders
than it does if the orders are placed in other ways. Would you really want
the product and service suppliers not to pass these savings they're experiencing
along to the consumers? I'm sure not, and I do understand your point about
seeming discrimination but the elderly and handicapped (and those who don't
want to buy over the 'net) still have the other ways to purchase. I sure agree
with you that the difference in the prices of the MN Historical Society seems
way too much in terms of matching the difference in the costs to the Society of
providing the service to web and non-web users).
Great dialogue to have. Thanks for bringing it up, Karna! Best to you ~:-)
- Actually after 3 conversations with the Minnesota Historical Society
that was not their policy.
First phone call from them was this is not our policy, where did you hear
it. Gave them the phone number, that I had called and gotten the info from.
The $15.00 fee is for those that call and request a search of all of those
who have a request for a number of individuals that MAY be the person the
genealogist is interested it. In other words if John Smith is the person
you want to research and there are 4 or 5 in the death or birth year... and
you want them to try to help, they will for that $15.00 fee, $12.00 if you
live in MN.. The person that I spoke to was new, and the listings of the
fees were ....not clear. They want everyone to know that they are there to
help each and every one of us. I believe this, no one has ever been an
advocate like I was yesterday, during these calls, and we were both nice ...
it worked well.
It is a great conversation to have, I was given information that made me
very concerned with those that are working hard to put their family history
together without the ability to pay fees. I would say that those that are
writing letters are probably the least able to pay.
I believe that family history should be free. That there should be a fair
cost for records. Whether you get them from the internet, a phone call or a
letter. And that is what I was responding to.
There is no difference from the internet payment to the phone payment in
this case. They still have to look up the record, and mail it out. I know
this, cause I had a long conversation about it with the MHS, they do not
believe there is a difference in their costs. We discussed this at length.
Lots of folks wait to retire and then start their family histories, they are
our parent, grandparents, great-greatgrandparents, cousins and somethimes
they are us.
I think we should all help each other, and I am so glad many decided to
help me in this issue. Beside that fact, I am so happy with the MHS that I
would hug the lady I spoke to in my last phone conversation. Not to mention
that I would also hug the lady I have been speaking to by e-mail. They have
been nothing but wonderfull...
This has been a learning experience for me. Never thought that I would
recieve the response from fellow geneealogist or from the MSH that I got.
So glad that it is all OK, and that we all for the most part believe the
I am glad that many, many were interested in the "problem". What a credit
each of you were to your family history studies.
mu thanks again, karna coffman :)))))