WHAT I CAN OFFER
Family History Detective: Tricia’s Tracings can assist you with all your family and historical research requirements. I am a qualified historian with over 20 years of genealogy research wisdom. I specialise in all family history research within Australia, and have particular expertise in convict and military records. My experience with these records refined my expertise in identifying and tracing elusive individuals. I can research your family tree or assist you in breaking down the brick wall in your own family history research.
Resulting from many years of research experience l am knowledgable of numerous resources and am time efficient at accessing required resources. As such the choice to hire me will be cost effective for you.
My presentation includes traditional family tree charts and pedigree reports including Ahnentafel and descendant reports. I also collaborate the research into a personalised family history story intertwining local historical data with stories and events from your ancestor’s life. Your family story, charts and reports will be compiled into a presentation folder. This folder will also include printed PDF copies of historical documents, a comprehensive source list and a bibliography. You will also receive a GEDCOM file of my research, which you can then upload into your own genealogy software program. Additionally, all research will be copied to a USB drive.
My services are ideal for those who want to learn more about their family history but are not able to undertake the research themselves OR for those who need an expert to continue searching earlier generations of their family.
Please contact me to learn the specifics of what is included in each package.
SERVICES AND FEES
Family History Research Projects:
Single Line Research Project
Family history research of one parental line – one parent and one grandparent (2-6 surnames)
Approximately 3 months to completion
Paternal or Maternal Research Project
Family history research of one parent and both grandparents (2-12 surnames)
Approximately 5 months to completion
Full Family Research Project
Family history research of both parents and four grandparents
Approximately 9 months to completion
Genealogy Research Projects:
Brick Wall Research
Have you hit the dreaded brick wall in your own family history research? Let me help you solve the mystery. Are you interested in learning more about one famous/infamous person from your family? I can assist you to develop their story.
$40 per hour – no minimum hours
Convict Research Project
Cradle to grave research of one convict; tracing family background, arrest, transportation, period under sentence, freedom, post conviction life to death when possible.
$40 per hour (estimation of 5-6 hours to complete)
Military Research Project
Cradle to grave research of one individual military serviceman; tracing family background, period under enlistment; post war life to death.
$40 per hour (estimation of 3-4 hours to complete)
Genealogy Project for DIY Research
You may prefer to conduct your own research but not sure how to start. I will identify your direct line ancestors so you can research their stories. I will provide you with a pedigree chart, naming your direct line ancestors and record birth, marriage and death data where possible. I will also provide a list of recommended sources so that you may discover the stories of your ancestors.
$40 per hour (estimation of 4 hours to complete.
Have you purchased an Ancestry.com.au subscription but feel overwhelmed? Have you discovered that it isn’t as simple as typing your name and your whole family history appearing? I can show you how to get started. My training module approach is “Explain, Demonstrate, Practice”.
I am available for hire to present a one hour presentation. Topics may include:
Family History: Where do l start?
Family History: Online Sources
Family History: Organising my research
Convict Ancestors: Family skeletons revealed
Military Ancestors: Australia at war
Did you trace your family history by trawling through microfiche at libraries and now have shoeboxes full of documents? Have you inherited a trove of family stories and artefacts but do not have the time nor skills to organise and document this information? I can organise your family history for posterity by digitising your paper research into a genealogy program. You and your descendants will be grateful.
$40 per hour
For a unique and personal gift why not give your loved one the gift of his or her history?
Ideal for someone who wants to learn more about their family history but isn’t able to undertake the research themselves OR for someone who needs an expert to continue researching earlier generations of their family. Tricia’s Tracings will do the research for your loved one.
Gift vouchers can be sent directly to the recipient or to the buyer, so you can hand over personally.
Gift vouchers can be used to redeem any research option as listed above.
Any value above $100
I offer a free no obligation consultation to learn your requirements. This may be in person, via telephone, skype or facetime. Whilst l reside in the heart of the Victorian goldfields, my client base can easily be Australia wide.
My project fees are an indication of expected charges. As all families are unique, so will be the research. Please contact me to discuss your particular requirements. I will cater my research and presentation to your needs.
I provide various payment options, which include direct deposit, cheque and Paypal. I also offer payment plans.
Payment in advance is required for any work of five hours or less.
I require a 10% deposit to commence a family history project. The balance must be paid at least one month prior to the completion of research.
Please note that Family History Detective: Tricia’s Tracings reserves the right to withhold documents and research until full payment has been received.
I am committed to providing a quality service. Please note that l am charging you for my time and expenses incurred during research. Whilst l cannot guarantee that l will discover all details about your ancestors, l do guarantee that l will conduct my time efficiently and effectively. I will utilise my expertise to source all possible records. I will document and authenticate all of these sources and trust that you will be satisfied with my endeavours.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
- George Bernard Shaw
Whilst undertaking your family history research l am likely to find good and bad stories, whether that be news of marriages, war heroes, outstanding long lives or discoveries of divorces, illegitimate children, desertion or suicides.
Wherever the facts lead us, you need to be willing to accept them. In genealogy we do not alter the facts to fit our narrative. The documented facts make our ancestor’s story.
Not everyone has famous ancestors however the lives of ordinary people who did ordinary things are interesting too. You never know what you will find until you start looking. Let me help you open the closet to reveal what lies within.
CANCELLATION PRIOR TO RESEARCH STARTING:
A paid deposit will be forfeited if you choose to cancel the project prior to the agreed start date.
CANCELLATION WHILST A RESEARCH PROJECT IS IN PROGRESS:
If l have commenced your research project, you will be liable for the full agreed amount of the total project cost. If you decide to cancel the project you will be required to pay any outstanding balance. I will then provide you with all research material completed to that point including certificates purchased on your behalf.
AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER LAW:
If you have paid a deposit and cancel without good reason (for example, if you change your mind), you will lose that deposit to the business. A fair deposit is usually considered to be 10% of the total cost of service provided unless other factors, such as the potential loss or inconvenience to that business, justify a higher sum.
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FAMILY HISTORY DETECTIVE: TRICIA’S TRACINGS reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time.