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Subject: [APG] Charity function
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 11:40:10 EDT
I've been involved with auctioning off genealogical research, usually for
church functions. I always create a packet. It contains 2 four generation
tree charts and an explanation of how to fill it out, as well as basic
guidelines on where to obtain information.
I also include a short questionnaire asking
1. which of their family lines they are most interested in (usually it is
the birth name surname)
2. what information they already have
3. what information they can easily get (i.e. grandfather's D/C)
I advise them that often microfilm needs to be rented from FHL and that
take time to obtain and review.
I usually state that I research pre 1900 - that I will not send for the
death certificates of their grandparents or great grandparents, but will
search for indexes that might give certificate numbers. I will print out any
certificates I can get on line.
Research has changed a lot because census records and some vital records
are available on line.
I probably will revise my packet to give information on where "the winner"
might find census records, vital records etc. on line so that they can fill
in as much of the lineage themselves. Then the hours they win of research
can be for help in obtaining information less easy to find.
Since I know ahead of time that November, December, & May are difficult
times for me to take on additional projects, I state that in the packet.
That way they don't decide on December 10th that they want the research done
as a Christmas gift.
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