Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Mayo 1901 and 1911 censuses available for a fee

The Irish Family History Foundation has just announced the online release of census transcriptions for 1901 and 1911 (partial) for County Mayo. It was only a few days ago that I said to expect these records to start appearing thick and fast!

It would seem that the IFHF have been spooked by the imminent arrival of the free to view fully digitised images of both of these censuses from the National Archives of Ireland (see 1901 and 1911 Irish online censuses - major update), and that they are now trying to get what they have online as quick as possible to make a cynical quick buck beforehand. Again,as with the records for Noth Tipperary, it will cost five Euros to see a transcription.

I've made the point before, but perhaps it needs to be said again. In my opinion, the IFHF charges too much for what it offers. The fact that it would seem to be making records available for a premium that will soon be available for free anyway, is to my mind indicative that the organisation is more concerned with its own needs than its customers. I believe that if it concentrated on making available what others do not have, the organisation will provide a much more useful service to the genealogical community. And if it lowers its prices, it will gain considerably more respect, and almost certainly more customers.

Honestly folks, I would personally recommend that you save your hard-earned money. By this time next year, you will be able to see the original documents for free of charge, courtesy of Ireland's National Archives. If, however, you do need to see these transcriptions urgently, they can be viewed at .

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