find a genealogy professional
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The eXpertGenealogy.com website provides a number of directories of genealogy related service directories.
Most of the directories are regional or country specific research specialties but many other specialties and services are listed.
The companies and individuals listed here are independent businesses and eXpertGenealogy.com only provides an organized way of finding their services.
Although a few genealogy professional companies
have a wide range of research capabilities, most have specific research
specialties. For example, Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne of
Montreal is a specialist in both English and French records for the Province
of Quebec. Because Denyse works
in Montreal, she has easier access to Montreal archives. The research
specialties are listed on the home page and at the top of the left side
Contact the Professional
To determine which professional could be most
helpful to you, try to determine which specialty will be most useful to meet
your objectives in your family history research. In most cases, it is easiest to
select a professional based on the geographic specialty. If the subject of your
research lived in Scotland, then it is probably best to select a professional
researcher who specializes in Scotland
research. You can list the Scotland
directory by clicking on the home page map or by selecting the
Scotland menu item from the menu
with IE). Once the specialty directory is displayed, you can click on the links
for each researcher and select one that is appropriate to do research for you.
To communicate with the professional, you can;
(1) Fill out the inquiry/enquiry form at the
bottom of the description for each professional.
(2) Communicate with the professional directly by email, phone, regular mail, or
using some other communications facility such as chat or Skype.
(3) If the professional has a website then click through to that website and use
the website contact information.
Initially, you may want to only send a short
message to the professional to see if their skills match your needs. If you get
the professional to do paid research for you, you should provide them with as
much information as possible so that you are not paying for information that you
Specify a Second Specialty
In some cases the research specialty
directories are lengthy. You can shorten the directory by selecting a second
specialty. For example, if you are looking for someone who does research into
American adoption records, you will find that the
USA research specialty directory is long
and it will be time consuming to investigate each of the researchers. To
simplify the task, use the pull down list at the top of the directory and select
Adoption. This action will provide a short list of those who do both
Adoption and American
Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt? Where are those who went before us?
Hiring an eXpert Genealogist
▪ Search the specialty categories on the left
& contact the
professionals who have experience you require
▪ Inform the professional about your goals &
▪ Specify your limitations & get agreement
on the work.
▪ Understand fees before making any payment
▪ Share all of your known information, otherwise you will pay for duplicate or unnecessary effort.
Hiring a Professional Genealogist resource guide at FamilySearch.org
Professional Genealogists provide;
▪ Time to do detailed genealogical research to find records
of your ancestors
▪ Knowledge of genealogy record sources;
census, vital records, church records...
▪ Expertise in a research specialty
▪ Access to local records without travel costs
▪ Understanding of history & foreign language
▪ Access to databases that have fees
▪ Planning ancestor search strategies
▪ Experience with genealogy software
▪ Family history book & website production
▪ Organization & preservation of documents
▪ Evaluation of historical records
▪ Spell genealogy, not geneology