We are happy to take on any sort of research project, however narrow or broad. Our strongest geographic areas of expertise are the U.S, Canada, and British Isles. We are also able to follow immigrants for a short ways from many other areas, including continental Europe, Scandinavia, and Mexico and our expertise includes research on the lines of LDS pioneers and immigrants. The minimum project size available is 10 hours at an hourly rate of $40. Larger hourly commitments are available resulting in a decreased hourly rate as follows: 15 hours at $37/hour and 20 hours or more at $35/hour. For international projects (beyond a single generation back of an immigrant to the United States or Canada) $5 is added to the hourly rate. Ask for custom quotes on larger projects. Note that some projects are more difficult and produce fewer results than others, depending upon how much information we start with, what time periods and geographic areas are involved, and the availability of records. We do our best before agreeing to a project to inform you if your project is anticipated to be one of the more difficult ones, but sometimes it's impossible to know ahead of time.
You will provide:
- Objectives for the project
- Priorities - for which lines and individuals are most important to you
- Any data that you have already collected
- Your information, in a genealogical database, if that is available
- One half of the fee in advance
- The balance of the fee upon project completion, plus expenses for items such as copies, postage, etc (typically not more than $25, never to exceed $50 without your specific approval)
You will receive: (typically completed within 6 to 12 weeks for projects up to 15 hours)
- A simple agreement covering the project being undertaken
- Biweekly status reports
- A detailed report describing the objectives reached, conclusions drawn, sources searched, information found, and suggestions for possible future research
- Copies or transcriptions of all documents that led to the conclusions in the detailed research report
- Printed pedigree charts and family group sheets showing any additional information found
- Updated PAF or GEDCOM files containing the information on the indivuals and families found (if you don't provide a starting file, we will create that for you)
Examples of projects we can do:
- Extending pedigrees or adding to known descendants of your ancestors.
- Verifying questionable names, dates or relationships
- Filling out families with missing children
- Determine the migration paths for your family
- Finding additional information of interest about individuals in your family, such as military service, civic involvement, religious involvement, education, honors, and so forth.
- Finding historical photos and maps that relate to your family or the areas they lived
- Developing an efficient research plan for you to follow, if you prefer to do the research yourself
- Review of a Personal Ancestral File (PAF) or other database to correct obvious problems such as, missing county names, place spelling errors, circular relationship links, duplicate individuals. (we have experience with PAF, Legacy Family Tree, Family Tree Maker, Master Genealogist, Roots Magic and Ancestral Quest.)
- Entering data from printed or hand written sources into PAF or GEDCOM format.
- Create a website displaying your data (we can even provide you with free web hosting as an adjunct our research).
- Publish that personal or family history you have written inexpensively on CD.
- Or ... describe what you have in mind. If it involves genealogical research, the “Saints” can probably handle it!