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50% of estimate with order, balance on completion. Where the file size is not
known in advance, email me and we will work out a figure.
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The comments below are meant to help, I hope you find them useful.
To access a file in any format, whether digital or original, requires time. Finding a particular date, page or chapter within a file takes further time. It is not always possible to anticipate how a file is arranged, so I will apply a ‘fair play’ principle to help you whenever possible. However, it often happens that only one or two pages are required from somewhere within a file, and the total time consumed can be surprising. That is why I found it necessary to introduce a charge for estimating, although it is significantly lower than that charged by TNA.
File copying is available to you at the prices quoted in the CHARGES page if you identify the file you want by quoting the TNA file reference. If only certain dates or sections of the file are required, these must be specified at the time of ordering. This will also help ensure you get exactly the files you want.
To help you, please see the examples below.
“file AIR29/110: 2836 (Anti-Aircraft) Squadron RAF Regiment Operations Record Book. Please copy October 1943 only."
The file number and description are copied directly from The National Archives online catalogue and the date required is exact. There is no chance of mistakenly copying the wrong file.
“Please copy AIR29/110, October only” This file contains the records of five separate RAF units spanning five years and there is no indication as to which unit or year is required. As the request is worded, it is not possible to know which parts of the file are required.
Further Bad Example:
“Please copy those pages of the Operations Record Book for 8 Sq RAAF that mention Pilot Officer Bloggs between Autumn 1940 and late Spring 1941.”
This is not an adequate instruction to get the per-copy rates. It requires research to establish what sections of the file are required which is chargeable on the basis of time taken. It would almost certainly be more economical to simply copy the entire period. The principles apply to files of all dates.
I have been helping individuals and companies get information from The National Archives files since 2005. In that time changes have occurred at TNA and I have adapted to keep up to date. For your convenience, the use of online storage has been expanded and simplified until now it is the most common way of receiving your FilePhotoService copies.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or just want guidance on finding files in the TNA online catalogue. I usually monitor email 7 days a week.
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