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From: Mary Douglass <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Research for the entire U.S.
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 09:49:13 -0600
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I read all their pages very carefully. They state they are Internet
searchers only. As the discussion on this site and the APG list have
stated, a membership in APG does not automatically make you a
"professional" genealogist. They lost me with their coat-of-arms deal.
This couple does not give me any of their educational credentials,
professional affiliations other than APG. They, not you, define the
problem and do not provide a research report. They will add citations to
your Ancestry.com ahnentafel.
APG has a brochure on hiring a researcher. The questions you need to ask
are listed here.
/If you are consulting a professional genealogist for the first time,
consider these things.
Ask for their credentials: education, professional affiliations,
publications, access to records.
Ask what they charge, what services they provide, method of
payment(retainer, credit card, bill for services).
Define the researcher's work. Provide the professional with all the
information you have on the specific problem to be solved.
Evaluate the results. Is the report neat, orderly, concise? Does it
answer the question asked? Is the report supported adequately with
If you have a problem or complaint, tell the professional first. If you
can't resolve the problem, contact the organization or person who
referred you. The APG or the BCG have arbiters who will help you.
Melissa Barker wrote:
> Dear List,
> Well, I am on a roll with questions this morning. I received several
> Cyndi's List digest emails today, she must be behind. Anyway, I noticed one
> for a professional genealogist business that is run by husband and wife and
> they advertise that they can do research for the entire U.S. Their rates
> are very low at $12.00 per hour and they offer some pretty neat incentives
> like you can only pay for 1 hour at a time and then when you have
> accumulated 10 hours of research the hourly rate drops to $10.00 per hour.
> My question is this: How can they offer to conduct genealogy research for
> the entire country for $12.00 per hour? Assuming of course they are
> reputable. Also, how can you accomplish anything in 1 hour?
> I am putting their site link below, would love to know how they can
> accomplish this in a professional manner.
> What do you guys think?
> Melissa Barker
> Genealogist for Tennessee and Kentucky
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