HomeFun!SNGF: Genealogy Database Wish List: PA Marriage, Deed, and Probate Indexes

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  1. I’m not normally critical of paying for the use of online information, databases, and images, but…

    Since posting this wish list a few minutes ago, I decided to check into whether or not any new info was available in some of the PA counties I normally research. I was initially excited to see that the many of the indexes, and even some of the images were available through a company called Infocon on a subscription basis. My excitement quickly abated as I read the subscription agreement: $25 “setup fee”, $1.10 PER MINUTE, with a minimum bill of $25 per month? So in the first month, the least amount I can expect to pay is $50? Then if I use the system at all the next month, I get another $25 bill – even if I use 3 minutes? I also love the disclaimer that sometimes system access is slowed down by circumstances out of their control. HOW ABOUT NOT CHARGING PER MINUTE THEN?

    Sorry – but I can’t see any way to justify that kind of cost. At $325 per year (assuming the setup fee and minimum monthly billing, which allows you a little less than 23 minutes per month), that is more expensive than Ancestry’s full-access membership. I don’t understand who this would be useful to at that price and that little usage.