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									Professional Genealogy Research Advantages: The Gift of Learning Your
Ancestry


Many people are eager to find out their ancestors as well as where they
come from. Thus, learning the history of your family becomes a popular
objective. It can start from a hobby during weekends to everyday pastime
and even to a regular job. In fact, a very attractive alternative for a
day job or incomplete research is to rely on a genealogy research done by
professionals. The advantages that it provides can be a gift for you.

1.    Speed. Using trained and certified genealogists in conducting
research can allow you to take the advantages of their previous
experiences and expertise. Certified genealogists already know what they
are going to do thus their research are efficient. Let their efficiency
and speed work for you.

2.    Training. Trained genealogists always have systematic plans. Their
tasks are listed from the very beginning of the research until the end.
They get the most relevant and the best information rather than sifting
over countless census, probates, and other records. Their experience
combined with a thorough training is effective for knowing what to find,
where to find, and how to find. Researching your family history requires
knowledge of various resources, from books to microfilms to computerized
records, from correspondence indices to probates to censuses.

3.    Geographical access. Even though the internet has become a good
source for plenty of records, some information are not yet entered in the
computer. To obtain these records, you need to send money and letters to
archive offices located in far places. When you choose a professional
research service, make sure that the location is closer to a huge
resource such as the Family History Library, or the National Archives,
each stores millions of important documents.

4.    Accuracy. Many years of genealogy practice exposes you to a lot of
conflicting information. For example you have learned from your mother
that the birthday of your great grandmother is in June however the
official record reveals that it is February. There also instances that
the documents disagree. You should be able to determine the right source.
Say, John Smith is your great grandfather and he passed away in 1995. So,
how would you be able to find the true John Smith?

Trained researchers already know everything on how to analyze conflicting
sources as well as identify the individuals accurately. Based on their
experience and training, they are able to judge the date that appears to
be more accurate. Likewise, they can determine your ancestor with the
name of John Smith.

Assessment of source material takes several years of experience in the
field of genealogy. Professional genealogists can ensure that their works
have accuracy.

5.    Qualified access. Most resources are very sensitive. Some have even
restricted access. Many archives have strict rules regarding the use of
their resources. It can include the person who wants to access particular
information, the procedure of accessing the materials, the researcher's
return incentives, and others. Certified genealogists are familiarized
with these restrictions already. They have the expertise in researching
in such environments and handling documents. Moreover, only professional
genealogists are permitted to do the research in archives with only
limited access.

Learning your ancestry is fun as well as a unique gift. Remember, to
avoid any hassles, ask for the help of professionals.

								
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