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Old 09-26-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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Smile How much does it cost to hire a genealogist?

Hello everyone,

I've been looking into the Hayward side (paternal side) of my family. I don't know much about them, but I recently found out that my great grandmother was married twice. She married a Johnson and had 5 kids. I can't seem to find any additional information. I believe her name was Sara or Sarah.

I'd like to know how much does it cost to hire a genealogist? Also, what was your experience once you hired one?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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The one I hired cost $100 an hour. He turned more information in 30 minutes than I did in 10 years. He specializes in a small portion of Virginia.
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Ancestry.com has links to professional searchers and though I have no personal experience with them I have heard good reports. Those links will also tell you what regions/countries they specialize in.
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Ancestry.com's geneologists have been vetted and they will quote you a price. I have been ripped off twice by supposid "pros" just becareful.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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I paid $25 an hour, and she dug up quite a bit.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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If you know where Sarah lived, you could go to a site like Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
RAOGK -- Guidelines for Use , and a volunteer could look up her marriage record for you for free or very little cost. You could also join Ancestry.com for $155.40 for a year. I realize not everything is online, but Ancestry does have marriage records, census records and many other records. I would try to do as much work on my own before I hired someone, it would save you a lot of $$$.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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Many local historical societies maintain lists of genealogists for hire.
Local knowledge and access to records is important in genealogy. There is a great deal of information not yet on sites like Ancestry.com
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Simi Valley
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Hello everyone,

I've been looking into the Hayward side (paternal side) of my family. I don't know much about them, but I recently found out that my great grandmother was married twice. She married a Johnson and had 5 kids. I can't seem to find any additional information. I believe her name was Sara or Sarah.

I'd like to know how much does it cost to hire a genealogist? Also, what was your experience once you hired one?

Thank you in advance.
Which state are you looking in? I might have someone I can recommend who works free of charge. I also have a few others who charge a fee lower than $20 and they are exceptional.

I used to do genealogy professionally and made $50 an hour.

Last edited by Cyanna; 09-27-2010 at 05:26 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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Hello,

I live in Wisconsin. If you have any suggestion on a person who could possibly help me, I would appreciate it.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:33 PM
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Ask at your nearest genealogy library and see if they can give you a lead.
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