Assisted Research/Consulting

Assisted Research

Ex. You have boxes of papers, notebooks, or folders that you know have genealogy information in them.  But its so overwhelming you don’t know where to start or have the time or desire to do it.

At ForGenerations we tackle this problem.

1. We start by going through the boxes, notebooks and folders and clearing out information that is not genealogy or family history. Other papers that may have been in the box, notebook or folders.

Ex. Receipts, trip itineraries, maps, directions, addresses, phone numbers, phone books, yearbooks, wrappers, Manuals, Flyers, announcements of events, programs, product information, warranties, guides, instructions, class notes, school papers, books, etc. Papers with Book names or call numbers but not attached to anything.  Much of which may have no genealogy or family history in it.

2. Next we sort the papers by surname. Notes, Documents, Pictures, Family Group Sheets, Pedigree Charts, etc.

3. Next we sort the papers by surname but then by family.

Ex. A client had 6 large oversized legal boxes with 4,000 to 6,000 pages probably in each.

By sifting and sorting the above we narrowed things down to 3 boxes that actually had information that could then be entered into computer or checked against computer entries and updated or entered as necessary.

Ex. A client had promised to give family members copies of genealogy but needed to go through boxes and clean things up. He kept promising for years but never getting things done.  After 10 years a family member finally offered to pay and have the work done.  ForGenerations did the job in 6 months. The client admitted that it probably would have been another 10 years if they had done it.

Upon completion of sorting you are now ready to computerize the information or check against existing computer files.

This process is called sifting and data entry.

This provides for taking all information on paper and computerizing it.

Conflicting information is put into notes. Items for research are put into notes.

Sources are created and entered based on documents sorted and sifted.

Budgets are created and worked up to by grouping piles already sorted. You need direction on research that you want to do yourself. Or you are not sure whether you want to do it yourself or not, and want analysis and recommendations.

At ForGenerations we have clients that are researchers themselves. They may even be professionals. They recognize that they are specialized in a particular area or language but not in others.  They recognize what they feel they can do and what they can’t.

Ex. You want to do the research but aren’t comfortable with temple updating, submissions, New FamilySearch/Family Tree cleanup and submissions.

Ex. You want to work on research but have all kinds of information that needs to be sorted, and computerized before you can start.

Ex. You don’t know where to start and want suggestions or directions on what should be done.

You have papers in boxes, notebooks, file folders, and on computer.

ForGenerations can look at the boxes, review past research, look at computer files and make recommendations.

Ex. You want to do the research yourself on an individual or family but want us to look it over after you’ve done it and tell you what you did right, or what your missing.

ForGenerations can help you to know what’s been done right and where you may have made a wrong turn. We can identify things that are incorrect assumptions, not documented enough, things that should be done that haven’t been and more.

Ex. Your not sure if you want to do this research problem or hire ForGenerations to do it. ForGenerations can review the problem and make recommendations.

ForGenerations can identify the location, time period, empires or countries, availability of records, right types of records to be researched and proper order to research types of documents, problems you’ll encounter and need to be aware of, and what you should know before you start.

At ForGenerations we tackle these problems.

Assisted Research and Consulting must be hired in prepaid blocks with a minimum of 2 hours. Larger prepaid blocks of hours may be purchased to reduce the hourly fees just as is done in projects.  Be advised that review of existing research and recommendations can take multiple hours depending on the number of research projects to be reviewed and the surnames or areas researched.

ForGenerations does projects with project budgets which reduces the hourly rates by volume discounts.

ForGenerations has experience working on such projects that help you determine the best approach to take.  Call us at 801-947-1897 to get started today.

It should be noted that budgeting must be done prior to this process for standardizing and cleaning up existing genealogy computer files.  Surnames, Given Names, Notes, Locations, Sources, completed temple work, problems in marriage dates or childrens dates or child or spouse order should all be corrected first.  Duplicates merged and cleaned up.

ForGenerations has experience working on such projects that help you determine the best approach to take.  Call us at 801-947-1897 to get started today.



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