This allows me to go more into depth and also to go farther back than the 20-hour project. This would be appropriate if your ancestors go quite far back in the United States, on many branches of your tree.
It’s also good if you are providing many family documents for me to scan and analyze before I begin further research online to build upon what you already have.
This size would also be appropriate if I am doing both you and your spouse’s ancestry in one big binder (for instance, if this is a gift for your children).
Also see the Five Hour Specials below.
This is the typical time I spend on one person’s ancestry. There is no guarantee as to what or how much I will come up with; that depends on what is available on your ancestors. A typical 20-hour binder is between 80 and 100 pages (a one-inch binder).
Additional binders: Your first binder is free; additional ones are $30 each (if done at the same time as the first one).
Hourly research: $20 an hour (in 5 or 10 hour blocks, prepaid).
Additional documents: Sometimes when I hit a dead end, it is very helpful to order birth/ death/marriage certificates or other records. I charge you what I pay for them (usually between $1 and $15 each). I will ask your permission before ordering.
Help in writing your memoirs: $20 an hour (in 5 or 10 hour blocks, prepaid). I can help you get your life story down on paper. For more details on this option, click on "Writing Your Life Story" at the top of this page.
Five Hour Specials: Choose from the following options, each $90:
If you have nothing but a few names and dates, and you want a binder:
I will spend five hours researching one branch of your family tree and put the results into a half-inch binder—documents, pedigree chart, and anything else I find or create. (If you also want a CD, add $5.)
If you have nothing but a few names and dates, and you want an online tree:
I will spend five hours researching your family tree and build an online tree on ancestry.com—which you can access from your computer even without an ancestry.com subscription.
If you have lots of photos/documents you want digitized (scanned):
I will scan and clean up 50 of your photos (into JPG files) and/or scan your documents (into PDF or JPG files) and burn them onto a CD with a nice label. (If you want additional copies of the CD, add $5 each.)
If you have previously done genealogy work, and you want it organized in a binder:
I will sort out the papers you have and organize them in a binder, along with a table of contents, divider tabs, and pedigree charts to show who’s who. With any time left, I will supplement the binder with documents I find online.
If you have previously done genealogy work, and you want an online tree:
I will sort out the papers you have and scan them and build an online tree at ancestry.com, and attach each item to the online tree—which you can access from your computer even without an ancestry.com subscription.
If you want to get started on your memoirs/life story:
Using my questions list as a guide (or write whatever you like), and using 8 or 10 photos that you loan to me for scanning,
I will create an illustrated ten-page memoir (about 5,000 words) with a cover page.
The above options can be combined into a larger project.
Any mailing charges are extra.
Discovering your family's story
This provides a briefer survey of your family tree than the 20 hour project—fewer generations and/or fewer branches of your tree and/or less research and information about the people whose names I find. You will receive a half-inch binder of materials.