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Ancestry and Your Family Tree
What you are reading now is the latest and best authority on quickly connecting to distant ancestry and relatives that are currently unknown to you.
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Why should I care about finding unknown ancestry?
It can be very helpful to find distant ancestry in order to flesh out current genealogy trails in your family.
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Services Provided by Professional Genealogists
The services of professional genealogists fall into four major categories, with other minor services.
Tracing Ancestry. A professional genealogist can help you trace your ancestors. For example, a genealogist may be able to discover who your immigrant ancestors were and where they came from. Or, a genealogist can research one of your family lines back to a specific time period or individual. This is often helpful when people want to join a lineage society and must prove that one of their ancestors participated in a historical event such as the United States Revolutionary War.
Researching Descendants. A professional genealogist may help you in descendancy research by identifying people who descended from a particular individual. For example, you may be a descendant of Daniel Boone and want to start a family organization of his descendants to share genealogical information. A professional genealogist can help you identify the frontiersman’s descendants so you can contact them.
Searching Records. To save time and avoid travel costs, you can employ a record searcher to find and review the records for you. Record searchers review only the records you instruct them to search.
DNA Analysis. Many companies offer services to test your DNA. Professional researchers can help you track down candidates for DNA testing and consultants can help you interpret your results. Hiring a DNA Testing Company provides further information.
Other Services. Genealogists also provide a range of other services that include the following
- Consulting and counseling with you about how to solve a research problem.
- Deciphering handwriting on old records.
- Translating foreign records.
- Instructing and lecturing on genealogical topics.
- Computerizing genealogical information.
- Abstracting and publishing records.
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Genealogy Products and Services: A Global Outlook
Genealogical enthusiasts are spending between US$1000 to US$18000 a year to discover his or her roots. The growth of the genealogy research market is being spurred by the spending of over 84 million genealogists. Emerging trends, such as male adoptees using consumer DNA tests to discover their surname, are expected to further promote growth of this industry. In January 2009, the number of individuals undergoing genetic genealogy testing to ascertain their lineage reached almost 765,000, displaying a considerable increase from nearly 650,000 individuals taking the test as of November 2007.
DNA tests cost anywhere between US$100 to US$400 for both YDNA and mtDNA tests. With estimates indicating up to 95,000 new tests being performed annually, this market is a lucrative key growth area in the genealogy services and products sector. Constant innovations in technology are equipping consumers with the most up-to-date genealogical research tools, and the spread of genealogical services to social media, such as the Facebook site, is expected to further promote interest in this industry. Currently, however, the interest in genealogical research is more prevalent in Western nations, and its spread to other regions is expected to occur more gradually.
The emerging interest in genealogical research has resulted in genealogy products and services industry exhibiting promising growth. The trend is expected to continue as a growing number of individuals become more aware of the ease and convenience of tracing their lineage through online sites. Enthusiasts are increasingly being able to access several advanced tools online that enable them to undertake more comprehensive family history research and capture their findings in attractive and easy-to-reference layouts.
Sherry Chabart, 2017
Since rates vary, it is sometimes hard to know what warrants a higher rate. In general, genealogists may justifiably charge higher rates if they:
Are experienced researchers in great demand.
Have some unique research specialty, such as a knowledge of records in a foreign country or expertise concerning a particular set of records.
Have credentials that reflect advanced skills.
Have years of education and professional development.
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Six Steps for Hiring a Genealogist
1. Determine your research needs.
2. Obtain a list of genealogists.
3. Contact candidates.
4. Determine whom to hire.
5. Make an agreement.
6. Pay fees and provide information to start.
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