Wednesday, 20 June 2012

ScotlandsPeople reduces wills and testaments charge

ScotlandsPeople ( has made a major change to its website in regard to the provision of testamentary records. From the site:

We have changed the pricing and payment method for purchasing Wills & Testaments documents on the ScotlandsPeople website. Instead of purchasing a Will & Testament through a separate transaction, these documents can now be viewed using ScotlandsPeople credits. As an introductory offer we have also reduced the cost from £5 to 10 credits, which is roughly 2.33 GBP!

The pricing for Wills & Testaments was originally based on the average cost for posting out purchased copies to customers. At that time, this was the best way of arranging the price, as the number of pages per document can vary and so did the total cost.

So, in 2005, the records were digitised and launched on the ScotlandsPeople website at a cost of £5 for a full colour, authentic facsimile of the original document, regardless of the number of pages.

With the merging of NAS (National Archives of Scotland)and GROS (General Register Office for Scotland) to form the National Records ofScotland in (NRS) in April 2011, we felt the time was right to reflect the fact that the records are from the same organisation, by standardising the payment process.

We hope that this change makes for an easier and more straightforward process for using these records. As we're currently working onthe launch of the new Wills and Testaments for 1902-1925, we thought it was the perfect time to announce this change - we hope you like it!

COMMENT: Great news!


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