I didn't see a post mentioning a "cash grab" but echo your thoughts in
that it costs a huge amount to bring out these new databases
I believe they pay a hefty sum to the NA for the licence, as Ancestry
would for their projects, its usually an exclusivity contract for a
number of years, often three or five but someone has posted that this
one is to 2024, how true that is I can't say
They are also taking a risk that they make their investment back, if no
one uses the database, or not enough then they will make a loss
NB I think the charge via the NHS is currently £42 not that it makes
that much difference
I already know where my lot were in 1939 and what they were doing so it
has limited interest to me, but am sure it will be of great use to many
and there will be plenty of people bashing their credit cards come Monday
Nivard Ovington in Cornwall (UK)
On 28/10/2015 17:08, Adrian Bruce via wrote:
Cash grab? Who do you think pays the camera operators? The guys who
the software? The companies who supply the hardware? Do you believe the
employees of all these companies should work for free? FMP have laid out a
lot of cash on this, up front.
(I have no idea about the licence to use the Register data itself - whether
FMP pays TNA for it, or TNA pays FMP to do the job, so I omitted it from
the list above).
The taxpayers can still do exactly what they did before, which is pay the
government £49 per household.