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From: "Keith" <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Sense in census CD's
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 20:14:36 +1300
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From: "Martin Willcocks" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 7:48 PM
Subject: [Lon] Sense in census CD's
>One of the reasons many of us (including me) have the 1881 CDs and 1851
CDs (limited to three counties) is that the LDS Church has priced them
reasonably, unlike many other genealogy CDs that really hurt the
pocket-book! No doubt the proprietors of these CDs have gauged the
price that the market will stand, but overpricing them will inevitably
lead to numerous lookups and even copies of images getting sent to
people who haven't bought them, so it is in the interests of all such CD
makers to price their products reasonably.
The difference between the 1881 census set, the partial 1851 census on CD
and the other census CDs now becoming available is:
The former are transcriptions only.
The latter are images of the census enumerators' notebooks pages.
The selling price is determined mainly by what the National Archives (PRO)
has charged Archive CD Books, Stepping Stones, S & N, etc for the microfilm
from which the images are made. Just ask Rod Neep how much per metre of film
that his company has had to pay.
> These days, one can make a copy of a CD in under ten minutes for under a
buck (legal or not), so
again the remedy is to price these CDs reasonably. It's in the interests of
the CD makers as well, for if the cost is under $10 people will be buying
them in droves, but $30 or $40 or even more is very
One hopes that no one is even thinking about breaching copyright in doing
>The 1881 set has a nice ring binder and 22 CDs including the reader
software, so is a bargain at $35 (what I paid for my set - the price may
be higher now.)
I agree that it is good value but it is a transcription only, and largely
prepared using free labour.
Keith Wellington, NZ
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