Because I like to have resources at my fingertips I have for several years had a World subscription to Ancestry.co.uk and and a subscription to Findmypast.co.uk. I may have done one or two lookups for cousins but the personal subscription I pay for is basically for my use.
Do you know what annoys me? I am irritated when I see, on various lists and forums, offers from genealogists to perform free lookups of these and similar subscription sites for others. While RAOGK are to be commended this practice of offering free lookups and the subsequent sharing of resources from subscription sites must surely have a negative impact on those who subscribe.
Does the availability of free lookups deter wouldbe subscribers? Does the availability of free lookups have an impact on the cost of subscriptions?
I wonder what the subscriptions sites think of this growing practice? Does it violate their terms of service?
Am I being mean-spirited?