When it starts accepting clients in June, Ancestry.coms ExpertConnect service (read our post about it) will be just one option for hiring people to do research tasks, such as photographing a gravestone or photocopying a record. Here are a few others:
- Genealogy Freelancers: This site lets you post your project details and get bids from professionals around the world.
- Genlighten: Here, you also can collect bids for research tasks. The focus here is on lookups, record retrieval and similar services.
- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: These volunteers have signed on to do simple research favors for free (except expenses such as mileage and photocopying fees). Youre encouraged to return the favor by helping out someone else.
- Repositories sometimes keep lists of nearby professional researchers (contact the genealogy department). For example, if you want to hire someone to copy your ancestors Civil War pension file, see the National Archives list of local researchers by topic and location.
- For long or more-complicated research projects, you can find directories of professional genealogists on the Association for Professional Genealogists Web site, ProGenealogists, and the Board for Certification of Genealogists.