Research Services

Research Planning

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Record Lookups

I travel frequently and am often in Atlanta, Ga; Pensacola, Fl; and spend several months each spring in the Outer Banks. Contact me now to schedule your lookups!

The rates below do not include possible fees for parking, copying, repository access, etc. You will not usually be charged mileage if it is a repository or town I typically visit. We will discuss your record needs and my availability and come to an agreement prior to any work or fees charged. First time clients will pay a 50% retainer. The below items can be bundled if you have several lookups in the same geographic area.

Repository Items (archives, genealogy libraries, societies, history libraries, etc)

  • $15 – Document retrieval only. You have the page number, volume/issue, repository call number and repository information and simply need a scanned image of up to 5 pages of content with citation details (cover/copyright page/etc). I will send digitally in .pdf or image format as requested. Usually within one week if I am already in the geographic area.
  • $25 – Document retrieval which requires me to find the item based on incomplete citation information (you are missing call number and/or volume/issue number but have enough to lead me to the item through on-site lookup). Also documents which require special handling , are more than 5 pages, or require expedited return or special formatting. Usually within one week if I am already in the geographic area.
  • $50/hour/subject- Repository treasure hunting. You have done no prior research to discover what the repository has on hand, but have a target person or persons you wish for me to gather available resources on. I will use onsite and online databases to discover what is available and will send you a complete list of results and digital images of the relevant content, as well as necessary information for your citations. Additional persons or family groups require further negotiation.

Vital and other “community” records

Retrieving vital records, cemetery ownership files or tombstone images, tax records, etc can be more involved and more time consuming. I am happy to offer these services for areas I travel frequently or will be staying for some time. The rates are generally $40/hour but may vary depending on your needs, prior research, and my proximity to the location.