Is it Worth it to Hire a Professional Genealogist 2

Recently, I have seen the following question in a few Facebook groups.

Is it worth it to hire a professional genealogist?

Is it Worth it to Hire a Professional GenealogistThe replies were enough to aggravate any professional genealogist. Here are just a few comments I read on this subject:

  • They offer crappy research.
  • I proved the information they gave to me is not true.
  • They are just taking your money.

Here are some places I recommend to anyone to look when hiring a professional genealogist:

  1. Get a recommendation from your local genealogy society.
  2. Get a recommendation from your local research library.
  3. Get a recommendation from a friend that is active in the genealogy community.
  4. Search for a professional genealogist on the APG website.

Some things you might want to know before you hire a professional:

  • What is their genealogy education?
  • Are they certified through the BCG or ICAPGen? (I am not saying they have to be certified to be a professional.)
  • How long have they been researching?
  • Can you get any recommendations from past clients?
  • Are they affiliated with any societies, or organizations?
  • Are they active in the genealogy community?

Personally, I believe that it is worth it to hire someone to help you get past a brick wall or even do on the ground research in a location that you cannot get to. It can be cheaper than you planning a trip to get one record. Remember, not everything is on the internet and it could be another decade before the record you need will be put online.



About Terri

Terri O’Connell is a professional genealogist in the Chicago area, focusing on Midwestern United States Genealogy, with a main focus in Illinois and a special interest in Irish research. She is also the owner of Cruise Planners – O’Connell Cruise and Travel, a full service travel company. Their mission is to encompass the full family: vacations, reunions, and history travel. Terri is a travel enthusiast with a passion for genealogy and enjoys bringing the two together to assist her clients in their travel needs. You can find Terri online at, Terri is the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist,

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2 thoughts on “Is it Worth it to Hire a Professional Genealogist

  • Barbee Hodgkins

    My experience====They did not find anything that I had not already found. The information I have was copied from a family bible which I saw when in JohnsonCounty Nebraska where it is housed.
    I have proved all the information as found there.
    Wish I had some new ideas of where to search.

    • Terri Post author

      Barbee, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am sorry they did not find anything more for you. I hope you come back and read tomorrows post, it goes a bit deeper into this subject.