I offer research at an hourly rate of $40 with a twenty hour minimum. An authorization/contract is required before I begin the research along with a retainer of 50% of the quoted fee. The client will be invoiced for the balance and any expenses related to the project before the report is delivered.
The research process includes:
•Review of the information provided by the client
•Construction of a research plan
•Research and analysis of information obtained
•Evaluation of documents with source citations
•Written report of all findings, even the negative ones
•Recommendations for further research
•A list of all resources consulted
•Copies of all documents and transcriptions or abstracts if needed
Arrangements may be made for researching on-site in Ohio as well as other states and major research repositories (Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, Library of Congress, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library, New England Historic Genealogical Society Research Library, etc.). I do require any applicable travel fees (transportation to and from location, rental car, and lodging) to be paid upfront along with the retainer of 50% of the quoted fee.
I will need to know what specific information you are looking for at the repository (review of certain books, copies of family files, obtaining information from microfilm, etc.). If you prefer, I am able to perform hourly research at the repository.
I am able to assist you with entering the information you have obtained into a genealogy software program at an hourly rate of $40. I personally use RootsMagic, but I do have experience with Family Tree Maker and Legacy.
Please remember that genealogical research done correctly does take time and often involves collecting data from external sources (probate courts, NARA, health departments, etc.) and results may not be available immediately.
I cannot guarantee I will be able to solve your genealogical problem(s) since the availability of information varies from county to county as well as from individual to individual.
The fees I charge are for my time spent researching and not for the information itself.