Fiona's Finding Service Scotland
Searches all Edinburgh sources, including many not available online
Initial consultation(by email): free
This comes in 2 parts - my work (£10 per hour) and expenses (such as fares, New Register House Search Fees and bank charges for foreign currency).
Searches which involve NRH are post-1855 births, marriages and deaths and post-1881 censuses.
Searches which do not involve NRH are pre-1855 BMD, 1841-1871 censuses, wills, land transfers (inheritance), local history, professional records (apprenticeships), etc., etc.
The NRH fee is £10 for up to 4 hours and £17 for up to 7 hours.
If you only want a small amount, I can do you 1 hour for £12.50 on the basis of 4 clients having 1 hour each in the same session. (This depends on the availablity of 3 other people wanting small amounts).
Time spent writing reports, drawing trees, etc. is also £10 per hour. (However, if you only want a few transcripts to fill some holes in your own work, you can have just the transcripts).
If you want the report to be printed out and posted (instead of emailed): £3 extra
If you want the family tree to be printed out and posted (instead of emailed): £5 extra, if larger than an A4 page
If you want the family tree laminated: whatever it costs me to get it done
For payment by foreign (non-UK) cheque: £10 extra (for each payment)
For payment by foreign (non-UK) banknotes: £5 extra (for each payment)
Hint - if several people from the same country club together and pay in one cheque, you can save on foreign exchange.
There are many websites which give currency conversions. One of many can be found here. However, there is no guarantee that your own bank will use the same rate, and it will charge you extra for a UK cheque.
Please email me for a consultation BEFORE sending any money.
My address is: 72 Dee Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6DS
You can pay me via the PayPal button on the Expert Genealogy website
Payment in advance
The reason why I ask for payment in advance is because genealogy tends to mount up. If you just asked me to find all the records of your ancestors without setting a limit, I could go on for weeks and send you a huge bill that you would not want to pay. That is why I ask you to decide in advance how many hours you want to pay for. It is unlikely that I would find the whole of your family in a few hours searching, but you would have a good bit more than you had before.
If the ancestors run out before the money does, refunds will be provided.
(Note that this hardly ever happens - the money usually runs out long before the ancestors do).
£10 will be deducted if you want it by International Money Order.
Otherwise, they will be paid in full by UK Sterling cheque.
Alternatively, I might be able to put you in touch with an incoming customer in the same country, and you can come to some arrangement between you, to save on foreign exchange.
Genealogy is very addictive, and after receiving the first installments, you will be likely to want some more. (Most people do want more. Being able to afford more is a different matter). Now that I use PayPal, there is nothing to stop you from having the work done in several small installments. There is no longer any need to guess in advance how many hours you will want in order to save on bank charges. How about having your first installment NOW ?