Researching your family tree can be a long and complicated process. If your ancestors emigrated you may find yourself increasingly having to rely on international records which may not be easy to get a hold of, not to mention they may be in a language that you do not understand. If you keep finding yourself at dead ends or otherwise in need of assistance you may want to consider paying a professional researcher to do some of the work for you.
The biggest attraction for deciding to use a professional researcher is, of course, the time that it will save you. Researchers do this every day so they have the experience, resources and networks to dig deeper and further than you can in the free time between work and family life.
A well-researched family tree can make for a stunning and thoughtful gift. Many researchers offer packages that include a full report of your family’s history and often a framed drawing or illustration of your family tree as well. If you are thinking of gifting someone their family history be aware that research can take time which means that you should carefully consider what it is you want to present to the recipient. If your ideal gift is the complete history of your ancestors you should start the process far in advance or be prepared to come up with another gift idea of it is not finished by the appropriate date. An increasingly popular approach is to make the gift the start of the process, this way the recipients can be kept updated by the researcher as to what they have found, it might even encourage the recipient to do some research on their own.
For those who enjoy the thrill of the research themselves, a professional may be called in for a particular subject. Perhaps you cannot verify a particular record or have heard family stories about a scandalous ancestor that you have not been able to find proof of. A researcher would be able to handle a specific avenue of inquiry like this with ease.
The cost of hiring a professional researcher can be quite high, with most working on an hourly rate. If your budget is limited be very clear and specific about what areas of your families history you are interested in finding out more about.
As with any service, gather all your options, find out pricing and look for positive testimonials to help you find the right researcher for you.