How to Start
A formal written Letter
of Agreement is executed with all clients. This Letter
of Agreement will include defining objectives for doing
researching, tutoring, presentations or workshops. Objectives
for research will include goals of the client, a request
for all prior research that pertains to the goals, and
rates. The request for the prior research is avoid duplicating
any past research that is related to the specific goal,
to identify weaknesses, omissions, and inaccuracies
that might exist. Omission of research could lengthen
the project time and rates.
A $500 retainer is required to be paid in advance before
the project begins. Personal checks are accepted, please
note that any check that is NSF, client will be charged
an additional $35 to cover the NSF charges incurred.
Payments can also be made by a secure online site through
PayPal. This retainer includes the initial 10 hours
of review, evaluation of the prior research material,
a summary of the evaluation of the prior researching
in a written client report, and a research plan. All
research will be documented and provided to the client
through a research log.
- Please understand that I cannot guarantee
what information, if any, may be found. Conclusions
are based on weight of available documented evidence.
Absolute proof of genealogical relationships and documents
are not always possible.
- The signed agreement, prior research,
and retainer must be received before the project begins.
- Additional research beyond the initial
agreed-upon 10 hours is billed at $50/hour, with no
minimum numbers of hours, which must be paid for in
- Additional expenses incurred including
travel to archives, parking, copying, etc. will not
be incurred without prior approval from the client
and upon approval will be billed weekly.
- All reports and documents will be
sent to clients electronically. If snail mail is preferred,
additional charges will apply for printing, travel,
postage and time.
LETTER OF AGREEMENT PDF
me if you have additional questions.
Joyce has been an active genealogist
since 1985, developing a specialization in Native American
genealogy. She has traced and documented her own ancestry
to 485 AD - and beyond!
Joyce has led workshops on:
 starting your own genealogy,
 how to research and verify documents,
 document preservation,
 writing family histories, pedigrees and group sheets.
Her rate is $50 per hour,
paid in advance, plus applicable travel and lodging
She is also involved in the growing field of DNA
Ladyship Joyce Rheal,
anglicized to "Presley" in America