Research Services

Hiring a professional genealogist offers many advantages, including in-depth knowledge of record sets and resources which may provide evidence relevant to your research goal. A further value is the ability to correlate evidence and provide a coherent, written report which includes complete and accurate citations to all sources of information.

 

All projects include:

  • Contract: A written agreement will identify the scope of the research project and any limitations on time or expense.
  • Review: After an initial consultation to determine research goals and needs, Thomas will review any previous research provided by the Client.
  • Planning: A research plan is created, identifying a range of resources to be consulted, with an emphasis on high-quality, original source material.
  • Research: Sources are examined, carefully documented, and abstracted or transcribed.
  • Analysis: Evidence is analyzed and interpreted. Any conflicting evidence is resolved.
  • Report: Once the project is completed, a final written research report is presented to the client in PDF format.

 

Rates & Fees:

  • Research Services (Unknown Parentage & DNA Cases)
    $35.00/hour, minimum of twenty (20) hours.
  • Research Services (All Other Cases)
    $35.00/hour, minimum of ten (10) hours.
  • Incidental Expenses
    Any charges relating to postage, photocopies, parking, long­-distance telephone calls, computer charges, microfilm rental, travel or other incidental expenses will be billed at cost.
  • Record Retrieval
    A complete citation or reference to the document must be provided. Service available at select Massachusetts repositories. Please inquire for pricing.