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.
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.
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 (usually in 5 or 10 hour blocks, prepaid).
Five Hour Specials: Choose from the following options, each $95 (plus mailing charges):
If you have nothing but a few names and dates, and you want a binder:
I will spend five hours researching your family tree and put the results into a half-inch binder—documents, pedigree chart, and anything else I find or create.
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 forever, even without an ancestry.com subscription.
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 forever, even without an ancestry.com subscription. (Return via USPS Priority Mail.)
The above options can be combined into a larger project.
Mailing charges are extra.
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).
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