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Subject: Re: [TXLAMAR] The Grand Theater employees
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:35:09 EST
no, have not forgotten about the Clark search. Just have been trying to
finish up a bunch of little searches. I figured I need to get them all out of
the way, so I can use all my time on the Clark search. And while I am doing
the Clark search, I am telling others that it will be "whatever" time down the
road, before I can get to theirs...unless maybe if it is just an obit and
they have the exact date and name. Those only take less than 15 minutes to go
do. I have not had many requests for just obits lately tho.
Of course, kids will be out for Christmas break, after school
tomorrow....but their mother has moved back to the area and I can get her to keep the kids,
so I can work on it.....maybe.
This request for the Grand Theater Employees search is for a 19 year old I
go to church with. His grandmother is the Ethleen Butler Cross mentioned in
the posting. He had only heard about the story being in the paper and thought
if I could find a copy on microfilm, he could surprise his
mother.....Ethleen's daughter...with it for Christmas, and learn more about his grandmother
and/or great aunt at the same time.
I also just finished up my first big deed/property research for a real
estate company in New York. It was a 25 year history including all tax records,
all owners though out the years and all deeds/liens/etc. They got my name and
number from the county clerks office. 94 pages of documents and I also had
to hand transcribe tax info from 1983 to 1998, because our local tax office
has records on computer starting in 1998 to current. That took me almost 4
hours, because their record book room is so unorganized. If I ever get really
bored and have nothing else todo, I told them I would come by and organize
that room for them.. haha!! Then, I had to scan each document to email to them
because I don't have a fax machine and it would have cost more to go us
someone elses fax machine AND they did not want it mailed. I don't have ADOBE on
my computer, except the reader, so I downloaded a trial version. I would get
4 to 6 copies scanned into my ADOBE files and it would shut down on me, so I
had to use another program. They needed a 24 to 48 turn around time from
start to finish. They are the middle men, hiring searchers in the counties
for other clients. This search was a learning curve for me. When discussing
fees, they wanted me to quote them a flat rate. I told them $125.00. That
was before I figured out how extensive it would be and how many documents there
were to get copies of. Well, needless to say, I will maybe make 25.00
dollars. When I figured that out, I sent a NEW copy of the Pricing Agreement to
the company for future search orders, if they want me to do any more for them.
They said they did not have any researchers working for them here in Lamar
Co...or even surrounding counties. I might have priced myself out of working
for them. I really RAISED those fee amounts. You can make really good
money doing those, but I really like doing just genealogy research better.
But don't worry, I have not forgotten about Clark research.
Debra and family
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