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Old 10-21-2017, 01:03 PM
 
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A few years ago, I met someone who had built a nice little business doing four things:

1. Genealogy research (she did much more than Ancestry searches however)
2. Helping people who had already done some family research on their own write and put into printed form a "book" about their family history that could be shared with others
3. Interviewing and videotaping elderly people whose families wanted to record their memories for the future
4. Writing and selling short "how to" guides on different aspects of genealogy. Some of these she sold herself online, and some she sold as articles to different magazines/newspapers/websites.

So, I guess if you think beyond the typical "family research" activities, it might be possible to build a "genealogy" business of some sort. But you'd have to figure out a way to convince potential customers that you could offer more than they could do themselves.

It's sort of like photography these days. Almost everyone has a "camera" on their cell phone and so there are millions of people taking photos. Yet, there is still a need for professional photographers who can bring something more to the table than people can do themselves. Same thing with genealogy -- there are millions of people doing family research, but there probably is still a need for professionals who can bring something more to the table than the average person can do themselves.
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:51 PM
 
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Sure. I've been paid to research, but it's not my day job. Authors of history books & biographies frequently hire fact checkers & researchers to "find me something interesting about so & so" along with locating the subject or subjects through time. Notorious finds are especially prized. I only work off a retainer, $250 hr + out of pocket travel, 4 hr min unless repeat client. But a project has to be very interesting for me to agree to do it.

Be fair warned if you do genealogy research for people--- they are not always happy with what you find. They tend to prefer the family myths.

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Old 10-22-2017, 05:28 AM
 
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Be fair warned if you do genealogy research for people--- they are not always happy with what you find. They tend to prefer the family myths.
Obviously people aren't always happy with the reality of who their ancestors really were!
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:43 AM
 
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i think it being a hobby is more rewarding.
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