BMD Price Rise on 16 February

The price of a birth, marriage or death certificate for England & Wales will increase on 16 February 2019 from £9.25 to £11.00. At the same time, the charge for the PDF version will rise from £6.00 to £7.00.

Therefore, now is the time to place any orders that you are planning to submit "sometime". Associated fees are also going up. You can see full details of the new charges in the relevant statutory instrument by clicking here.

A more user-friendly summary of the changes can be found in the Lost Cousins newsletter by clicking here. 

National Archives Price Rises

There are both price increases and decreases, for example a digital copy up to A3 size goes up by 10p to £1.20. Currently, The National Archive (TNA) research service cost £23.35 per 15 minutes, this will go up by £1.00 however, the charge for a copy of a naturalisation certificate will go down by 25p to £27.15. More details

Also car park charges will take effect from the 3rd January.  Charges range from £2.50 for up to two hours to £7 for over four hours. TNA uses number plate recognition.

Free Strathclyde University Online Training Course

A FREE (yes, free) online course for family history provided through Strathclyde University's distance learning programme starts on 21st January. You can see details and sign up by clicking here.

One of our members and a seasoned researcher, who has participated in a previous course, highly recommends this programme.  You will be expected to do 4 hours a week - ditch a couple of hours TV twice weekly and you'll be there!!  That said, we are told that you can be sidetracked and spend more time - for the benefit of your own research.  The website quotes one past participant who started research in 1962 and found the course very beneficial.

It's free so do give it a go!  And please write about your experience for the Journal in due course!

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