On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the Dade County Genealogical Society (DCGS) voted to accept the following policy change:
The DCGS will now ask an upfront fee of $7.50 before conducting research. An additional 25 cents per page will be charged for photocopies. Members of the DCGS will continue to receive research services for free.
The average cost of mailing is nearly $2.00 and has to be sent first class. The average number of hours spent doing research is 20 hours. The DCGS library has over 5,000 publications and the volunteer members also check county records at the courthouse when needed. They do not receive any form of compensation including mileage or supplies used.
In the past the DCGS only charged 25 cents for the copies however, 75% of the people helped never paid this simple amount.
The DCGS deeply regrets the need to charge a fee but find this to be the best possible solution in order to be able to continue offering our services to non society members.
If you are interested in obtaining our services you may send your request along with the $7.50 fee to:
P.O. Box 155
Greenfield, MO 65661-0155
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