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Hiring a Professional Genealogist

by Michael John Neill
for the Ancestry Daily News
Summer 2001

In the summer of 2001, I hired a genealogist to work on one of my "problems." The following articles were written based upon my experience. If you are considering hiring a professional, the articles will provide food for thought.

Hiring a Professional:

Books that may also be of help:


Professional Genealogy--edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. This book is geared towards those who are professionals or wish to become professionals. Those considering spending a significant sum on a professional may wish to invest in this book and read relevant portions of it before commissioning any research.

BCG Standards Manual--edited by Helen Leary. The BCG (the Board for Certification of Genealogists) Standards Manual discusses what constitutes genealogical "proof" and what does not and also discusses how that proof should be organized. An excellent guide and introduction to genealogical report writing.

Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historians--by Elizabeth Shown Mills. This short work provides a framework for citing genealogical sources. An excellent reference for anyone doing genealogical research.

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(c) 2001, Michael John Neill
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