Hiring a Professional
Of course, an option that is always available to the
genealogist is hiring a professional researcher. Such a decision is purely
up to the individual genealogist. I would certainly suggest that you first
try to do as much as possible on your own before jumping to spending lots of
money. You may find that the more you research on your own, the more
comfortable you get with Galician research.
You may find, however, that a professional researcher is
your only choice. In such cases, you should never feel guilty. There
are times that all of us must rely on someone else's help.
When hiring a professional, you should do a thorough
background check on the person. You should ask the professional for
references. If the professional is not pleased with this request, it may
be because he/she is trying to hide something. Don't assume that because
they call themselves professionals and have good marketing skills that you will
not be tricked. Never send a lot of cash up front. First wait to see
some results, small though they may be, before committing to a long term
Write to your genealogical society for proven experienced
professionals. Join a genealogical listserve and post the question.
There are many fine professional genealogists who are very experienced with
working in the archives, know the archival administration and staff, can read
many of the languages found in the documents and are willing to drive to the
different archives in the region.
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