I'm confused, you said that the $3 was for entry to the museum, but David said it was for access to the records--which is correct?Regardless, I would be happy to pay $3 alone for access, as I consider that to be a "nominal" fee as specified in the Government Access to Public Records law.
Requiring a $25 ($29??) fee for a yearly membership to the museum in order to be able to physically reach these records is not what I would consider to be a nominal fee.It is obviously an attempt to make a profit for the museum at my expense, and I believe it is illegal.
Are you sure that the records at the museum have been microfilmed? One way to know is to look at the marriage records on microfilm for my great grandparent's; it is at the museum.
It doesn't matter what records are at the courthouse, the important thing is that they belong to the courthouse.Would the courthouse charge me $29? No, they wouldn't. He also wrote "upon entry to the Museum we collect the charge which functions to offset costs incurred as allowed under the guidelines refered to earlier. Payment of the $25 election adds in annual access to the Museum collections and exhibits".
I can send you the correspondance e-mails between me & David.