After an initial interview I will determine if I think any research will provide results. If so, an initial research fee of $45.00 will begin the search. This is a non-refundable fee, regardless of whether or not the search provides answers. I will do my very best to find results for I find great personal satisfaction in tracing all family histories. I will also put in many hours before I abandon a search. If this occurs I will sit with you and re-trace all my research steps. This may occur if there is not enough starting information. If, at any point, you retrieve more information about your family and would like to begin another search, I will not re-charge you the $45.00, instead I will begin the search again for FREE.
Once the search provides results the following charges will apply (if you choose to purchase them):
A photocopy of any primary documents + reference information (census, birth/marriage/death certificates, attestation papers etc): $15.00 per page
Certified primary documents are available on request for additional charge.
Certified archival photos: (variable depending on the archival institution charge).
Due to copyright laws I cannot charge you for printouts of secondary documents such as published family histories, reprinted diaries, academic and genealogical publications. However these are very important resources for genealogists. Secondary sources bring alive historical people, they "flesh out" your ancestors and they become more than primary source statistics. For a charge of $40.00 I will organize and provide a Bibliography of all secondary sources found that involve your family history. If you purchase the Family History Book format (seen below) or package B or C, this will be included without charge.
This is a standard Family Tree formation. All that is listed is name, birth, marriage, and death dates (when available). It lists only direct ancestry (grandparent) lines and does not include proof of relationship. I recommend you purchase Package A which includes copies of the primary sources (if there are an adequate number found). Cost is: $120.00
Family History in Book format
This is your family history written out and presented in a book format. It includes birth, marriage, and death information and all anecdotal information found. This information comes from both primary sources and secondary sources. This does not include photocopies of primary sources. Depending on how many are found you may want to purchase those separately or choose the package option B or C. Cost is: $300.00
A- (Basic) Family Tree + Primary Source photocopies. Cost is: $175.00
B-(Advanced) Family History Book + Primary Source photocopies. Cost is: $350.00
C- (Deluxe) - On the menu, this is the all-you-can-get buffet. I will write up your family history in book format using primary and secondary sources. I will include photocopies of all primary sources and a standard family Tree as an appendix to the book. Cost is: $500.00
Books are bound in a duo-tang. An officially bound book can be purchased on request at an additional charge.
Family reunions, anniversary parties and birthdays are a great time to present a family genealogy! I can research your family tree and present it in a PowerPoint presentation for you to show at your reunion/party. Send me your pictures and you'll have a fantastic family history slideshow. $250.00
To be negotiated. I will also combine guest speaking with workshops at a negotiated fee.
REMEMBER: I am flexible to your genealogical needs. Whatever your budget is and whatever your needs are, I can help you!