Review “How to Hire a Professional Genealogist,” at the Association of Professional Genealogists’ web site.
How Do We Get Started in Family History Research
- Discuss and define the scope of your project.
- Develop a research question(s).
- Create a research plan.
- Retrieve records, photographs, articles from databases or repositories.
- Analyze information looking for direct, indirect, or negative evidence to answer the research question(s).
- Document the findings in a narrative report that addresses the question and/or leads to further investigations.
What Are My fees?
- $50.00 per hour, plus any costs, fees, or charges.
- Minimum retainer of $500.00 with signed contract.
- Take a look at a Sample Contract.
What is Provided to You
- Narrative report fully documented with footnotes and sources.
- A shared Google drive with all digital copies.
- Detailed Expense report with time logs.
- Recommendations for further research.
What Tools Do I Have for Research
- Access to these fee-based databases:
- Ancestry.com–Access to 10 billion records, 8 billion individuals in family trees.
- Fold3.com–Nearly 400,000,000 million military records from the Revolutionary War up through Iraq and Afghanistan.
- AmericanAncestors.org– Provides access to more than 1.4 billion records; access to one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online.
- GenealogyBank.com-7,000+ historical newspapers include letters, advertisements, hometown news, photographs, illustrations and more.
- Newspapers.com–5,700+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s.
- And others: FamilySearch.org; ChroniclingAmerica.gov; Il Portale Antenati ( State Archives of Italy database); archival databases in other states, municipalities, and other countries.
- While I cannot guarantee we will find everything you are searching for, I will guarantee the following: