Experienced researchers passionate about family history.
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Michael Turner is the founder and principal genealogist at Roots and Genes. He has been conducting family-history research since 1996 both for his own family and for clients.
His experience has been reinforced by post graduate study at the University of Strathclyde in genealogical, palaeographic and heraldic studies. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Society of Genealogists (SoG) and the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS).
Access to professional research
The traditional method is to pay a professional researcher to produce a client report.
For this, you could approach one of the professional bodies. If you are in the United Kingdom you could use the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) or the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG). Probably the largest is the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) an international organisation strongly connected to the United States.
These are all respected organisations and the hourly rates charged by many professional researchers is very reasonable. In fact in contrast with other professions and trades, very cheap. The Society of Genealogists mentions rates of between £20 and £50 an hour. Remember these are charge-out rates not earnings.
In contrast there are a couple of bigger players – Ancestry and Legacy Tree Genealogists
The minimum charge by Ancestry is $2500* dollars and I am told their hourly rate is $125 – more in keeping with charges made by other professions. Legacy Tree Genealogists charge between $87.50* and $94 an hour and there can be extras depending on the service you choose.
The disadvantage is that, by its nature, genealogical research is unpredictable – it is impossible to say in advance how long it will take. Researchers also tend to have waiting lists, tend to be very busy and it could be months before research begins and still more time before you see any results.
There is a simpler way. A system that does not require any complex or restrictive agreement; that can be started and stopped at any time. You can cancel with the click of a button. You are in complete control.
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