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For smaller projects I charge an hourly rate of $15 per hour plus expenses including travel beyond my local area if needed. I have a minimum requirement of 5 hours ($75). I do give discounts for 10 hours or more. Rush jobs will incur a higher hourly rate. If your project looks like it will be involving more than 10 hours of research, I will ask you to sign a contract. For any project of 10 hours or more I require a retainer for one-half of the contracted hours.


FLAT FEES FOR BIGGER PROJECTS:

AT $15 PER HOUR YOU ARE SAVING A LOT OF MONEY WITH THESE FLAT FEE PROJECTS!!

YOUR SURNAME LINEAGE (10 GENERATIONS): flat fee of $250. Meaning you, your father, his father, his father, etc back as many generations as I can find with the goal being at least 10. Same fee applies if you choose to do your mother's lineage. If you do both at the same time, it would be $470 ($30 discount). Either way I require a 50% deposit.

10 GENERATION HALF TREE: (up to 90 days to complete), If you choose to do a half tree, either your father's side or your mother's side, FILLING OUT AS MANY BRANCHES AS I CAN, I charge a flat fee of $1100.00 per side. A deposit of 50% up front ($550.00), willing to discuss other payment arrangements.

10 GENERATION WHOLE TREE: (2 to 3 month project). If you choose to do your whole tree at once, I charge a flat fee of $2000.00 for a full family tree. That includes both your father's side and your mother's side FILLING OUT AS MANY BRANCHES AS I CAN. A deposit of 50% up front ($1000.00), willing to discuss other payment arrangements.

Client shall also reimburse Genealogist for the actual costs of photocopies, photographs, microfilm rental fees, postage, parking fees, and other necessary out-of-pocket expenses, provided Genealogist submits an itemized bill, and provided that the total of expenses do not exceed $100. If Genealogist anticipates that expenses may exceed this $100 maximum, he shall notify Client in writing and obtain his/her agreement, also in writing, to the reimbursement of additional expenses. Mileage outside of a 5-mile radius of Lenox, Massachusetts, is charged to the Client at the rate authorized by the IRS ( .58 cents per mile).

Mileage is charged at the current IRS allowable rate of .58 cents per mile. Incidental expenses such as tolls, parking, copy, postage and repository research fees are billed at cost. Total expenses not to exceed $100. If I anticipate that expenses may exceed this $100 maximum, I shall notify Client in writing and obtain his/her agreement, also in writing, to the reimbursement of additional expenses.


Payment:
(I accept PayPal, postal money orders, bank checks and personal checks.
Personal checks must clear before information is released)
I'm happy to answer any questions for free before I start.


ALL PROJECTS COME WITH REGULAR EMAIL UPDATES!!!


NOTE: In most cases I tend to put in some extra time beyond what was purchased. For example, if you pay for 10 hours of research, good chance I'll actually put in a little over that at no charge.


Payment Plans (Willing to discuss other payment ideas as well)