Sometimes, though, the questions are too many or too complex for us to handle within the time allotted. Sometimes, the family moved around a lot. Sometimes, too little is known or little documentation survives that gives us enough clues to help you. Sometimes, the obvious records (deeds, wills, etc.) did not survive. This is the point at which a customer interested in family history might want to consider hiring some professional help.
Here are a few key points:
- Hire a professional researcher with expertise in the area where your ancestors once lived. Experienced genealogists can map out a suggested research plan, or can do the research for you. Such a professional will be familiar with record groups that have survived since your ancestors lived in a specific locality. The survival rate can vary widely. Beaufort District's isn't so good.
- Just don't expect the process to be inexpensive. Professional credentialed genealogists often charge $40 to $150 per hour. Research hours can rack up pretty fast!
You can look to the following organizations for suggestions of professional researchers:
* Association of Professional Genealogists
* Board for Certification of Genealogists
* International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists
* Dave Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, recommends the Geneapro website as a potential starting point.
Please note: We do not maintain a list of genealogical researchers for hire in the BDC.
Reminder: The Research Room is closed from Noon until 1 pm through Mon., August 13th.