What do you really want to know?
My current rate is $75.00 per hour with a five-hour minimum.
You are provided with a contract that states what the project is
and what the report goals are. This allows you to be assured that
I understand what you want and how much you want to spend.
All reports contain an executive summary; research notes, and
exhibits with sources cited.
The most frequent question I get is, "How many hours will this
take?" Families grow exponentially every generation we go
back. Research must begin a point where the lineage is proved
so time is not wasted on the study of incorrect ancestral lines.
Without knowledge of the number of generations to be researched
or the number of records that must be found and studied (not to
mention record gaps)—this question cannot be answered—only
roughly estimated in segments. This unknown variable is the best
reason to have a contract.
A sample contract is provided here.