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Hiring a Professional Genealogist
Posted 18 September 2013
By Ruth Burkholder, RMB Genealogical Services
As a professional genealogist [one who works for others for a fee] of course I hope you will hire me or one of my colleagues, but do you need to? or when do you need to? and who should you hire?
I am often asked, “What can you do for me? Can you get me a will, a record, an article?” And the answer is always “Maybe!” Because, first off, what is a “professional genealogist”? Certainly not the creator of wills, records or articles!
A professional genealogist is
Archives and museums contain millions of useful records that have not been microfilmed or digitized
Ask around; use the internet to see what you can find about the person you are considering asking to assist you; talk with that person or email them and see how you feel about the response you get to your approach. Decide if you want an assistant, or someone to do it all and report the results.
Once you have decided who you will hire, ask for a fee schedule. There are definitely different ways professional genealogists charge for their work:
I hope that this article helps you to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a professional genealogist.
Ruth Burkholder, RMB Genealogical Services
Stouffville ON Canada
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