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A guide to employing a professional researcher

The search for ancestors can be a time consuming and labourious task if you do it yourself so hiring a professional can save time and money, says Else Churchill

17 June 2008

The past three decades have seen an enormous expansion of interest in genealogy and family history, with recent television programmes generating much interest in the subject. Since a supply soon springs up to meet a demand there has also been an expansion in the number of people offering to trace ancestors for payment; undoubtedly these include the usual percentage of newcomers who have a good head for business, a little knowledge of the subject and are eager to jump on any bandwagon to make a ‘fast buck’.

Many people who would like to know about their ancestors are perfectly willing to pay someone else to do the work and simply admire the finished article. Far more, many of whom are members of the Society of Genealogists or the family history societies, essentially love to ‘do-it-themselves’. Either way, why pay anyone else to do work you can perfectly well do yourself.

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