Genealogy Lookups 101

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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 Would you like to earn extra income by retrieving and digitizing historical documents on demand from local repositories?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 …

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 Would you like to earn extra income by retrieving and digitizing historical documents on demand from local repositories?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