Family History Research
I utilize Family Tree Maker and Ancestry to generate, maintain and research family histories. I have researched many generations of families for my own family, friends, and others. I also volunteer time to digitize records through FamilySearch Indexing and photograph headstones through Find-a-Grave.
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I am a member of several genealogical societies, which can be helpful in finding resources for your family history search. These memberships also provide access to journals and other resources that may not be available to non-members.
Hiring a Genealogist
I have found that many people want information about their family history, but they lack the time, patience, or knowledge to do the research on their own. This is where a professional genealogist comes in. The cost for hiring a genealogist can be prohibitive for some people. Hourly rates can range from $50 to $125 or more. Because I am not a Board-Certified Genealogist, I charge a lower hourly rate than what you might find elsewhere, $35. However, that doesn't mean that I am any less of a professional in my work. I follow best practice standards for researching and sourcing family trees.
Because I live in the Capital District of New York State, I am available to do regional research in the Albany, Schenectady and Troy area. I have also conducted extensive research in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. The bulk of my research is done online, and therefore can be done from anywhere. Generally, I do not include travel as a part of my services. However, if I happen to be traveling to an area for personal reasons, I will make time in my schedule to do look-ups and search for information related to families I am researching.
My standard service involves researching your tree as extensively as I can based on the parameters we agree to (often a budget, which translates to a number of hours of work). I then provide you with my research in electronic form (a gedcom file, a Family Tree Maker file, and all the supporting source media) as well as a notebook of printed reports which you can use for easy reference and as a "workbook" for future research. In some cases, I also provide a written synopsis of my findings. This is sometimes necessary if we are seeking to answer a specific question, rather than just provide lineage. If you are interested in hiring a genealogist to do family history research for you, please contact me! I accept payment through PayPal (alternate arrangements can also be made if necessary).