1. How much do you charge? Rates vary depending on your project and the type of work you need. Research, editing, and writing services are usually charged at an hourly rate. Speaking services are based on a flat-fee plus travel expenses. Most research projects will incur additional expenses including travel to repositories, photocopies, ordering microfilms, etc. Mary makes every effort to keep expenses to a minimum, using the most economical means to gather data.
2. What is the process for engaging your services? After discussing the services you need, you will receive a written agreement spelling out the terms of the agreement. Both you and Mary will sign the agreement. For research projects, you need to provide details of all previous research in order to prevent duplicate efforts. All projects require a full or partial down payment.
3. What will I receive from you after the research is completed? All clients receive a fully documented, written report along with any relevant photocopies of research findings.
4. Do you offer any guarantees for genealogical and historical research? Research findings are unpredictable. It's a rare occasion when no documents can be found for an ancestor or other historical person, but it does happen. The records needed to answer your research questions may or may not exist. Even if the research problem isn't solved, you still receive a report detailing which records were consulted. Sometimes a negative result can be equally revealing.
5. I live in California; my ancestors lived in Massachusetts and Indiana; you live in New Mexico. How can you conduct research for me? It's common for records related to your ancestor to be in a variety of locations, even places your ancestor never lived. Mary is an expert at finding records that are in faraway places. She knows techniques for acquiring the information needed no matter where it is.