An hourly rate is charged for general genealogical research, plus the actual out-of-pocket costs of photocopies, postage, depository charges for certificates, and travel expense outside Polk County, if required and approved. No retainer is required. You will be billed at the end of each research session. Prompt payment is then expected, either by personal check, or by credit card through the PayPal (Buy Now) link posted below. It is not necessary that you have a personal PayPal account in order to use this method of payment.
If you need only a single obituary look-up or other single document retrieval and have the exact (or near exact) date of the event (death, marriage, birth, anniversary, etc.), a flat rate can be offered.
Death certificates issued by the State of Iowa Department of Health can be obtained only by an authorized direct descendant of the deceased. (See their website for further details.) Death records available at the county level can be copied for genealogical purposes, but only by special arrangement am I able to obtain death certificates issued by the State of Iowa. Contact me for details.
For many reasons, it is difficult to estimate the time required to research a particular task, so it is usually best to simply specify an hourly limit acceptable to you which I will not exceed without your permission. We can always then continue or terminate the project as the results dictate. No guarantees can ever be made as to the success or failure of a specified search goal.
There is a great deal of family history information available using the technology of today, but it is often difficult to sort through the various family websites to know what is pertinent and what is not. Often the posted data contains no or limited source references, making it impossible to differentiate between the accurate and the inaccurate. If you find a family history posted online without verifiable source references, please don’t assume the data is accurate. To own a certain family history, one must be able to provide the full and accurate sources of the data.
If you have questions, please contact me today by telephone, email or US mail.
Donna L. Cooper
Iowa Genealogy Research
3663 Grand Avenue, Unit 607
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
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