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Old 03-21-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Curious -

Anyone here ever hire a professional researcher through Ancestry? Or know of anyone whom has done so? It's very expensive but I am curious as to experiences. For what I'm looking for it MIGHT be worth the expense HOWEVER, I submitted an inquiry two weeks ago and never heard back. Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence since you're promised a call within 48 hours. I am going to follow-up today.

Thank you kindly.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Personally, I'd go to the Board for Certification of Genealogists if I were looking to hire a researcher. They have certain standards that are set, not to mention a conflict resolution process. And you can be sure you're hiring someone who's a specialist in the area in which you need research done.

Hiring a good genealogist isn't cheap. But then, hiring a cheap genealogist who doesn't get the job done isn't cheap either.

I've not hired anyone through Ancestry, but have used professionals in the past. Both successfully and unsuccessfully.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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3-21-2012 A professionally certified genealogist can be worth the expense because their expertise gives them access to records sources and methods that the average person would not normally know about. However, if you cared to post some details about what you are looking for on this message board or by direct message, someone here could do the lookup for you before you paid a fee to someone else and success would depend on the complexity or simplicity of what you are trying to accomplish. RESEARCHER
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Genealogists are also available through the local historical societies in the geographical area of research. You want someone who can check original records.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Thanks, everyone!

I'm at a stand still on some specific information pertaining to a Black family prior to 1870. Considering the circumstances, I may never have the answers. I've pored and pored over records and been stuck for 10+ years. Just thought I'd get a professional to weigh in.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Thanks, everyone!

I'm at a stand still on some specific information pertaining to a Black family prior to 1870. Considering the circumstances, I may never have the answers. I've pored and pored over records and been stuck for 10+ years. Just thought I'd get a professional to weigh in.
By "Black", do you mean African American? Or a surname?

What state(s) are you looking in?

Cyndi's List - African-American

AfriGeneas ~ African American & African Ancestored Genealogy

Christine's Genealogy Website

African American Genealogy
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Yes, African-American.

Georgia. I have access to many of the paid sites. Some things are just going to forever remain a mystery but I wanted to consult with a professional on the slim chance they uncovered the needle in the haystack.

Had a wonderful 7 day adventure in GA over several counties almost a year ago. Interviewed dozens of people, took 100s of pictures, discovered new cousins!
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Hey, I'm in Georgia!

Glad you enjoyed your visit.

If you haven't seen it, here's a link to the Georgia Archives digital collection:

Georgia's Virtual Vault : Home
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