What do you really want to know?
Families grow exponentially every generation we go back and
sometimes the amount of research and number of questions are
overwhelming for the hobbyist. Some lines are easier to find
information on than others. Some require digging deeper into
records that do not reflect the records we see today. A
professional can help you decide what should take priority
and what lines may be easier to trace than others.
Deeds were not always recorded. Birth and death registers are
absent on the county and state level. The availability of records
often depends on the time and place. Sorting through unlikely
sources such as road crew lists (which consisted of the
neighbors); newspaper advertisements announcing that a stray
animal had been found; post office letter lists, and appearances
as witnesses to neighbor's legal documents created at home
help solve kinship problems.
What a professional must look at to solve the case is often
an unknown variable. That does not mean it cannot be done.
That unknown variable is the best reason to have a contract.
A sample contract is provided here.