Family Dossier FAQ
What do I need to do to get started?
To start a Family Dossier project for someone who hasn’t done genealogy research before, here’s the information I will need to know. I will require a retainer of $120 to started. That covers 3 hours of research time, in which I will be able to determine how much of your family history I will be able to find without travel. That way, you aren’t paying for time that isn’t productive to your family history. That amount will be applied to the final cost.
How long does it take to complete a Dossier?
I would suggest starting the process 1 month before you want a completed product. One week longer if you want more than one copy produced.
What if you don’t find any information on my family?
If I can’t find anything on your family, you won’t owe much! That’s an unusual situation, but it does happen; occasionally there just isn’t information online (yet – it’s all a matter of time!). In that case, I will give you want I could find and only charge you for the small amount of time I researched. It usually becomes obvious quickly if the documents aren’t there. I request a retainer of $120 to get started. That will give me time to see how much information is likely out there for your family. If I don’t find much and haven’t spent $120 worth of time on your research, the difference will be refunded.
How do I pay?
You can pay me via PayPal or with a check. When you decide to order a Dossier I will show you where you can make online payments.
What if I can’t pay all at once?
The Dossier cost can certainly be broken down for a manageable payment schedule.
What do extra copies cost if I want more than one?
Extra copies of the Dossier will cost only the time and material it takes to produce. That will mean reprinting material and creating another hand bound dossier. The cost is $199 per extra copy.
What if I already have a lot of family history information?
That’s great! I can’t think of any document that could not be included in the dossier (photos, letters, certificates, etc.) I would recommending digitally archiving those items and printing copies for the dossier – that way originals are preserved! The cost then becomes the time for writing/printing/compiling listed on the Cost page, plus time for digitizing material for printing.
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