Before I can provide an estimate, I’ll need to know about your project & your goals:

  • What are you looking to find out?
  • Have you done any research to date? Are there materials or background you can share?

Get the ball rolling by filling out my quick Project Inquiry Form.

What happens next:

I’ll review what you send at no charge. I’ll then give you both an estimate and a research strategy for Round 1 Services (or the Consultation Package, if you’ve indicated that you plan to do the research yourself).

For Round 1, I usually suggest that we start with a limited number of research hours (e.g. 10 hours). After Round 1, I’ll share my preliminary assessment as well as suggestions for what a Round 2 might look like. You can decide then if you’d like to move forward with more research. We’ll do this after each round, to make sure you’re comfortable with the ongoing approach.

Payment & approvals:

My standard hourly rate is $30/hour.

Before each round, I do require upfront payment as well as your authorization via a quick web form.

Payment methods:

  • PayPal
  • (In special cases, other agreed-upon payment methods)


If a research round is likely to involve any of the following, I will provide projected expenses beforehand for your approval. For small expenses, we typically can take care of reimbursement at the end of a research round. If the projected expenses are significant, I may ask for a full or partial reimbursement up front.

  • Travel expenses outside of Columbus, Ohio area (e.g. car mileage, airfare, accommodations)
  • Original record orders
  • Photocopies


Once we’ve finished our engagement, I’ll write up a summary report for you. I’ll outline what I’ve found, what records I’ve consulted, as well as make suggestions for future research. That way, you have a reference point for your family research moving forward.


It’s important to note that there are no guarantees in historical or genealogical research. Records may have been lost—or, depending on the period in history, may never have been taken in the first place. Sometimes, our ancestors simply slip through the cracks of history. So, while no genealogist or historian can guarantee success, I’ll exhaust every possible avenue to get you the answers you’re seeking.