Fees & Payments
If you need genealogy or history research assistance please contact me. I will ask you questions to be sure I understand your needs fully and then will send you an estimate of charges. Basic genealogy lookups are a flat fee. Larger projects I ask for a retainer.
Large projects are considered 5 hours or more in length. The retainer is based on the total expected project cost but is typically 50% down, and 50% plus expenses on completion. Other arrangements can be made. Just ask.
I charge by the hour plus expenses. Research time includes travel time and telephone and email consultations with client.
Expenses such as postage, photocopies, parking, faxes, computer charges, microfilm rental, entrance fees into facilities, other incidental expenses are charged to the client; travel expenses are by the hour (one way) for short/local distance trips; longer distant trips by car (greater than 50 miles) are charged both ways at the rate authorized by the IRS. Long distance travel by air, bus or train are paid in full by the client.
All fees and expenses are payable in full before the completed project is delivered unless other arrangements have been made prior to completion of the project.
Upon completion of the research project you will receive an overview of what was found and a final invoice. Upon payment you will receive a comprehensive genealogy report as described on the services page.
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