Find out who you are!
Genealogy is a hobby for most; a life and career for others. Like most hobbies, there will be expenses involved. If you want to learn to play the piano, you will have to pay for music books, piano lessons, and maybe buy a piano or some type of keyboard. To do scrap-booking, you will have to buy all types of scrap-booking craft materials. Many people would think that is a waste of money. But to the person who is passionate about genealogy, the financial cost is not an issue because the pleasure is worth it. The really great things in life are never free, and neither is access to excellent genealogical information. Even if you search your local library and use their free facilities, you still have to pay for the gas to get there. You WILL pay for something. And there will always be more information waiting in the wings...
I'm interested, what now?
Once you have submitted a Genealogy Request Form I undertake a preliminary investigation to see how much information is readily available. That way I don't waste your time or your money. I also try to establish your background heritage; this is important for my affinity with most Western European Countries. If your genealogy request is goal specific e.g. establish an ancestor connection or discover a specific family heritage this is incorporated into your genealogy report. It is important to share documents currently in your possession, it is amazing how one clue can unravel a family's records from others with similar names in the same town..
How is my family tree built?
A private online tree is created for you on Ancestry which you can access at any time during the research process. As we discover important records and documents or discover new family members, we’ll add them to your tree. Once the project is complete the tree is yours to share with your family and friends. Your family tree is also built using professional exploration including archive newspapers and ground level family research using the following three methods:
Research Method 1. Professional Research (Included)
Creating your family history in Ancestry is the smoothest way to build and move information. Ancestry has "4 billion names and 29,000 searchable databases". Census records, family information and images will be available to you once I authorise your tree. You will be provided with an emailed digital document outlining your entire genealogy along with images and stories.
Research Method 2. Old Newspapers (Included)
A fascinating period in time is reflected through archived newspapers where you can read about your ancestors "goings on", sometimes with infinite details where actual conversations delight todays audience with their lingo and descriptions of town events, court proceedings and social happenings. The past instantly jumps into life as it happened.
Research Method 3. Your part in collecting history (Optional)
Examples of internal research can be collecting oral/audio histories, existing documents, bible entries etc. Internal research provides personality to the sometimes bland facts and gives depth and insight to the lives of those who have gone before. Families have a much fuller understanding of their own history when memories and knowledge has been shared.
What will it cost?
There are three levels of research to choose from. Each level is built on the previous.
Level 1 - $179. Establishing your roots and building your family outline. The information discovered at this stage will provide the backbone for your linage and will take approximately two weeks.
Level 2 - $699. Expanding and developing your ancestors using various research methods. The investigation at this stage is fully complete and takes in information from all sources using primary evidence. Time taken is between two and four months.
Level 3 - $699. Designing a family history booklet using information from Level 2. This is a comprehensive and meticulous process and definitely well-worth the end product. See Testimonials below for first reactions to others' booklets. Time taken is approximately ten weeks.
The total cost of a completed family history booklet is less than $1600 AUD (effective June 2014). Payment plans are available.
"I am absolutely overwhelmed! All those people!!!...all that work!!! How excellent it all is. I am absolutely stunned at your work. It is so good! Cannot thank you enough. Am amazed at all the historical detail you have discovered.
Also so pleased and glad that you were the one who did it - such a pleasure to deal with you." -
► Take photographs
- An excellent way to collect digitised history is to take your camera and snap photos of EVERYTHING.
- If Aunt Doris has special mementos stashed away I am sure she would gladly allow a photograph rather than a special borrowing request involving scanning or the post!
- Take many images from different angles. Be aware of the background of a potential shot, place a plain coloured cloth under/around smaller items to give emphasis. Be aware of shadow.
- Use a camera instead of a smart phone as it will provide a better resolution.
- Please assign information about images in a separate document so the information is complete.
Add a verbal, audio or written autobiography from an elderly person/s as this will add colour and fullness to the final product. Past events, memories and perceptions of these people are preserved from different perspectives as a record for future generations.
► Where do I look for my history?
History comes in many forms:
That historical research is never truly finished! There is always more to discover.
Types of Records
You will receive:
1. Complete the application
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As the nature of this service consists of the supply of historical and genealogical information, and as there is no tangible product to be returned for resale, there is no offer on refunds for services purchased. Every effort to ensure that our products and services are described accurately and customers are advised to carefully read the information supplied on the website regarding potential limitations and inherent inaccuracies of the service prior to making a purchase.
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