My standard fee is $50 per hour. This includes research planning, doing the actual research, analyzing the findings, and completing a research report for the client.
When you contract Delmarva Genealogy Associates to perform custom family research, you will first be directed to the research intake form. This online form helps me to determine what research, if any, has already been done and allows me to best determine the scope of the research necessary to complete your project.
When I receive the completed information sheet, I then determine how many hours are necessary to achieve the objective you are seeking. You and I then agree on a “plan of attack.” Some clients prefer to have work completed in increments of 4-6 hours or more. Other clients prefer to have a more complete family history done and authorize 20-25 hours or more. When we agree on how to approach your research project, a deposit is required for research to begin.
At that point, I develop a Research Plan based on the research goals you are seeking. Each research plan is designed for that specific project. It is a custom plan designed to narrow down the research process to enable me to focus on results for your specific project.
Upon completion of the Research Plan, I begin researching your family history. As research is completed, the findings are evaluated and correlated to determine how this evidence can be used for this project. Once all evidence is analyzed, I arrive at conclusions based on sound genealogical principles.
A Research Report is then written for your family history project. All conclusions are fully documented, and all sources are cited so you can easily find the evidence on which my conclusions were based. The research report and copies of all relevant documents are emailed to you in pdf format. A hard copy can be mailed to you as well.
Some clients like to have pedigree charts and/or family group sheets for their family as well. We are pleased to provide them for a small additional fee.
We can provide the following services in addition to genealogy research:
- Transcription of historic documents
- Family history writing
- Family history publishing
- Organization of your research into a genealogy database