Genealogy Lookups 101<br />How to get started<br />as a Genlighten Lookup Provider<br />
We’re Genlighten.com<br />
We help genealogy enthusiasts<br />
Find the offline records they want<br />
Through a network of lookup providers<br />
We hope you’ll consider<br />
Becoming one of our providers<br />
And offering lookups through our site<br />
But first, you’ve probably got questions<br />
Like…<br />
What kind of lookups could I offer?<br />
 How much should I charge?<br />
What kind of money can I make?<br />
And what qualifications do I need?<br />
Let’s start with the last question first<br />
You needn’t be an expert genealogist<br />
To be an effective lookup provider<br />
You basically just need three things<br />
Access to nearby genealogical archives<br />
Familiarity with common record types<br />
And basic library research skills<br />
Beyond that, it helps if you are<br />
Detail-oriented and persistent<br />
Confident using a digital scanner <br />
Customer service-oriented<br />
And friendly!<br />
It also helps if you have<br />
Experience researching your own roots<br />
Still interested? Sound like you?<br />
Cool! Let’s tackle your other questions<br />
1) What lookups could I offer?<br />
It depends on what you have access to<br />
Start by doing your homework<br />
Find out what repositories are near you<br />
Look for county courthouses<br />
Historical societies<br />
Libraries<br />
LDS Family History Centers™<br />
And government archives<br />
Research their collections online<br />
Visit them in person<br />
Find out how much copies cost<br />
And how long it takes to get there<br />
If a nearby repository offers access to<br />
Birth, marriage or death certificates<br />
Create lookups for those records first<br />
Other possibilities for lookups include<br />
Newspaper obituaries<br />
Cemetery photos<br />
Wills and probate records<br />
Land records<br />
Church records<br />
And city directories<br />
Focus on records unique to your area<br />
And avoid ones that are already online<br />
Unless you can do them for less offline<br />
On to your next question<br />
2) How much should I charge?<br />
Start by figuring out your expenses<br />
Consider transportation costs<br />
Copying and other archive fees<br />
And Genlighten’s commission<br />15%<br />
Look at what other providers charge<br />
Maybe look at competitive services, too<br />
Charge enough so it’s worth it to you<br />
To make frequent trips to the repository<br />
Rapid lookup response time<br />
Leads to satisfied customers<br />
Which leads to more satisfied customers<br />
Finally, don’t sell yourself short<br />
Price for the unique value you offer<br />
If you’re still not sure…<br />
Just go with $10 for now<br />
You can always change your price later<br />
OK, next up… <br />
3) What kind of money can I make?<br />
Let’s look at two different providers<br />Gina<br />Kurt<br />
Gina lives near the NJ State Archives<br />
She does birth, marriage & death lookups<br />
She visits the Archives once a week<br />
It takes her 30 minutes each way<br />
She charges $12 per record<br />
And gets 8 lookup requests per week<br />
At the archives, it takes her 1.5 hours<br />
To find the records her clients asked for<br />
And make high-quality copies<br />
Back home, she scans the paper copies<br />
And tweaks the resulting digital images<br />
Then uploads them to Genlighten<br />
Considering her expenses and her time<br />
Gina makes about $25 per hour<br />
Or about $300 per month<br />
Next, consider Kurt<br />
He volunteers twice a month<br />
At his local historical society<br />
On Genlighten, Kurt offers to search<br />
The society’s record collections<br />
For a single individual<br />
Given their name and a year range<br />
He charges $25 for a successful search<br />
But only $15 if he finds nothing<br />
He gets just two requests per week<br />
So he does them after he’s done<br />
With his volunteer shift<br />
Kurt does ~$80 of lookups each time<br />
That works out to about $120 per month<br />
For roughly six hours work<br />
So… your mileage may vary<br />
But you can probably earn $20-$25/hour<br />
OK, you’ve told me what I can make<br />
So how does Genlighten make money?<br />
Our providers pay us a commission<br />15%<br />
And our clients pay a handling fee<br />10%<br />
But that’s it… no subscription/listing fees<br />Subscriptions<br />Listing Fees<br />
OK, I’m interested. How do I get started?<br />
Go to www.genlighten.com<br />
Register for the site<br />
Fill out your profile<br />
Including a nice picture<br />
Ponder what lookups to offer<br />
Then create your first lookup offering<br />
Start with a brief but specific headline<br />
Add a detailed description<br />
Describe the records you’ll look up<br />
The repository you’ll visit<br />
The process you’ll go through<br />
And your typical turnaround time<br />
Set “found” and “not found” prices<br />
Give the client specific instructions<br />
Describing the data you need from them<br />
Preview and edit as needed<br />
Click “Finalize” and you’re done!<br />
So that’s “Genealogy Lookups 101”<br />
If you have any more questions<br />
Just e-mail us… or give us a call!<br />E-mail:	 dean@genlighten.com<br />Phone:	 (888) 845-9990<br />
Thanks from the Genlighten team!<br />Justin Ball,Co-founder/CTO<br />Dean Richardson, Co-founder/CEO<br />Cynthia Richard...
Happy Lookup-ing!<br />
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Are you interested in genealogy research as a flexible part-time job? Would you like to earn extra income by retrieving and digitizing historical documents on demand from local repositories? This fast-paced presentation shows you how.

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    1. 1. Genealogy Lookups 101<br />How to get started<br />as a Genlighten Lookup Provider<br />
    2. 2. We’re Genlighten.com<br />
    3. 3. We help genealogy enthusiasts<br />
    4. 4. Find the offline records they want<br />
    5. 5. Through a network of lookup providers<br />
    6. 6. We hope you’ll consider<br />
    7. 7. Becoming one of our providers<br />
    8. 8. And offering lookups through our site<br />
    9. 9. But first, you’ve probably got questions<br />
    10. 10. Like…<br />
    11. 11. What kind of lookups could I offer?<br />
    12. 12. How much should I charge?<br />
    13. 13. What kind of money can I make?<br />
    14. 14. And what qualifications do I need?<br />
    15. 15. Let’s start with the last question first<br />
    16. 16. You needn’t be an expert genealogist<br />
    17. 17. To be an effective lookup provider<br />
    18. 18. You basically just need three things<br />
    19. 19. Access to nearby genealogical archives<br />
    20. 20. Familiarity with common record types<br />
    21. 21. And basic library research skills<br />
    22. 22. Beyond that, it helps if you are<br />
    23. 23. Detail-oriented and persistent<br />
    24. 24. Confident using a digital scanner <br />
    25. 25. Customer service-oriented<br />
    26. 26. And friendly!<br />
    27. 27. It also helps if you have<br />
    28. 28. Experience researching your own roots<br />
    29. 29. Still interested? Sound like you?<br />
    30. 30. Cool! Let’s tackle your other questions<br />
    31. 31. 1) What lookups could I offer?<br />
    32. 32. It depends on what you have access to<br />
    33. 33. Start by doing your homework<br />
    34. 34. Find out what repositories are near you<br />
    35. 35. Look for county courthouses<br />
    36. 36. Historical societies<br />
    37. 37. Libraries<br />
    38. 38. LDS Family History Centers™<br />
    39. 39. And government archives<br />
    40. 40. Research their collections online<br />
    41. 41. Visit them in person<br />
    42. 42. Find out how much copies cost<br />
    43. 43. And how long it takes to get there<br />
    44. 44. If a nearby repository offers access to<br />
    45. 45. Birth, marriage or death certificates<br />
    46. 46. Create lookups for those records first<br />
    47. 47. Other possibilities for lookups include<br />
    48. 48. Newspaper obituaries<br />
    49. 49. Cemetery photos<br />
    50. 50. Wills and probate records<br />
    51. 51. Land records<br />
    52. 52. Church records<br />
    53. 53. And city directories<br />
    54. 54. Focus on records unique to your area<br />
    55. 55. And avoid ones that are already online<br />
    56. 56. Unless you can do them for less offline<br />
    57. 57. On to your next question<br />
    58. 58. 2) How much should I charge?<br />
    59. 59. Start by figuring out your expenses<br />
    60. 60. Consider transportation costs<br />
    61. 61. Copying and other archive fees<br />
    62. 62. And Genlighten’s commission<br />15%<br />
    63. 63. Look at what other providers charge<br />
    64. 64. Maybe look at competitive services, too<br />
    65. 65. Charge enough so it’s worth it to you<br />
    66. 66. To make frequent trips to the repository<br />
    67. 67. Rapid lookup response time<br />
    68. 68. Leads to satisfied customers<br />
    69. 69. Which leads to more satisfied customers<br />
    70. 70. Finally, don’t sell yourself short<br />
    71. 71. Price for the unique value you offer<br />
    72. 72. If you’re still not sure…<br />
    73. 73. Just go with $10 for now<br />
    74. 74. You can always change your price later<br />
    75. 75. OK, next up… <br />
    76. 76. 3) What kind of money can I make?<br />
    77. 77. Let’s look at two different providers<br />Gina<br />Kurt<br />
    78. 78. Gina lives near the NJ State Archives<br />
    79. 79. She does birth, marriage & death lookups<br />
    80. 80. She visits the Archives once a week<br />
    81. 81. It takes her 30 minutes each way<br />
    82. 82. She charges $12 per record<br />
    83. 83. And gets 8 lookup requests per week<br />
    84. 84. At the archives, it takes her 1.5 hours<br />
    85. 85. To find the records her clients asked for<br />
    86. 86. And make high-quality copies<br />
    87. 87. Back home, she scans the paper copies<br />
    88. 88. And tweaks the resulting digital images<br />
    89. 89. Then uploads them to Genlighten<br />
    90. 90. Considering her expenses and her time<br />
    91. 91. Gina makes about $25 per hour<br />
    92. 92. Or about $300 per month<br />
    93. 93. Next, consider Kurt<br />
    94. 94. He volunteers twice a month<br />
    95. 95. At his local historical society<br />
    96. 96. On Genlighten, Kurt offers to search<br />
    97. 97. The society’s record collections<br />
    98. 98. For a single individual<br />
    99. 99. Given their name and a year range<br />
    100. 100. He charges $25 for a successful search<br />
    101. 101. But only $15 if he finds nothing<br />
    102. 102. He gets just two requests per week<br />
    103. 103. So he does them after he’s done<br />
    104. 104. With his volunteer shift<br />
    105. 105. Kurt does ~$80 of lookups each time<br />
    106. 106. That works out to about $120 per month<br />
    107. 107. For roughly six hours work<br />
    108. 108. So… your mileage may vary<br />
    109. 109. But you can probably earn $20-$25/hour<br />
    110. 110. OK, you’ve told me what I can make<br />
    111. 111. So how does Genlighten make money?<br />
    112. 112. Our providers pay us a commission<br />15%<br />
    113. 113. And our clients pay a handling fee<br />10%<br />
    114. 114. But that’s it… no subscription/listing fees<br />Subscriptions<br />Listing Fees<br />
    115. 115. OK, I’m interested. How do I get started?<br />
    116. 116. Go to www.genlighten.com<br />
    117. 117. Register for the site<br />
    118. 118. Fill out your profile<br />
    119. 119. Including a nice picture<br />
    120. 120. Ponder what lookups to offer<br />
    121. 121. Then create your first lookup offering<br />
    122. 122. Start with a brief but specific headline<br />
    123. 123. Add a detailed description<br />
    124. 124. Describe the records you’ll look up<br />
    125. 125. The repository you’ll visit<br />
    126. 126. The process you’ll go through<br />
    127. 127. And your typical turnaround time<br />
    128. 128. Set “found” and “not found” prices<br />
    129. 129. Give the client specific instructions<br />
    130. 130. Describing the data you need from them<br />
    131. 131. Preview and edit as needed<br />
    132. 132. Click “Finalize” and you’re done!<br />
    133. 133. So that’s “Genealogy Lookups 101”<br />
    134. 134. If you have any more questions<br />
    135. 135. Just e-mail us… or give us a call!<br />E-mail: dean@genlighten.com<br />Phone: (888) 845-9990<br />
    136. 136. Thanks from the Genlighten team!<br />Justin Ball,Co-founder/CTO<br />Dean Richardson, Co-founder/CEO<br />Cynthia Richardson,Co-founder/Chief Lookup Officer<br />
    137. 137. Happy Lookup-ing!<br />

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