Why Should I Hire A Professional Genealogist?

Today’s blog post was inspired by Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger Challenge Group.  He asked us to write about a FAQ that is commonly asked and I thought the best one to answer is, Why Should I Hire A Professional Genealogist?

How many times have I heard but it’s all on (enter name of major genealogical subscriber database here).  Well did you know that in reality only 5% of records are online?  And even on those subscriber databases, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information overload if you don’t know where to look.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the big name databases and I’m a subscriber to all of them, but if you don’t know how to use them properly, you could be missing out on a lot of information.

And it’s not just that, Professional Genealogists often specialise in certain regions or time periods or historical events so when hiring make sure you’re talking to the right person for your tasks.  The thing I love about the Professional Genealogists network though is there’s always pay it forward.  The referral system is wonderful and on many occasions if someone comes to me with a problem I can’t resolve, I’ll look at my network and refer to someone I know has the right speciality and in turn I know that colleague will return the favour.

Genealogists are passionate about what they do and they love connecting you with your family history and they’ll do all they can to help you in that endeavour.

People think that research can be expensive but it can be a lot cheaper than you think, particularly when the Professional knows where to look first, what records exist for your personal requirements and how to research in a more cost effective and efficient manner.

My specialities include:  Australian records, in particular NSW, Tasmania and Victoria; and as well I have an interest in Mental Health, Womens History and Social History.

The services I offer are:  Family Research; Record Repository Retrieval; Family History Interviewing and Writing Service; and Reunion and Travel Itinerary Planning.  I also can write a Research Plan for you to do the work yourself if that’s what you want to do but don’t know where to look.

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2 Responses to Why Should I Hire A Professional Genealogist?

  1. Joel says:

    This makes a lot of sense and is one reason I have hesitated to subscribe to any of the major genealogical websites. At present we have quite a significant portion of the family tree complete back about five generations, however, it is mixed up in multiple pieces of paper and records we do have, so still need to get it onto some form of an electronic system before moving any further.

    • That definitely sounds like a plan to move further and another blog topic altogether – how to organise your research ;). I definitely wouldn’t suggest subscribing to a website until you have your research organised as it will overwhelm you even further. The best approach is to systematically and methodically research your family and not follow the bright shiny object of new discoveries or you’ll get yourself into a big mess.

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