Maggie’s Genealogy Service

Connecting the “Roots” and “Leaves” of Your Family Tree

Maggie Champion

311 W Walnut St   Greencastle IN  46135

(765) 719-3401

mcgen@cinergymetro.net

CONTRACT FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Name:________________________________________________

Address:_______________________________________________

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Phone:____________________               E-Mail:_____________________________________

I agree to pay Maggie Champion, Genealogist (herein called “Genealogist”), for genealogical services to be performed on my behalf at the rate of $20 per hour.  The hourly fee should be applied as follows:  review of client’s existing information, development of a research plan which is confirmed by client, actual conduct of the planned research, review of all new material for accuracy and consistency, an evaluation of client’s research objectives in terms of new information, and preparation of a detailed report (will include information detailing negative searches).

If this contract is for initial research, I am enclosing a payment of ____ for 4 hours of research.  Upon completion of initial research, I will decide whether to purchase additional research hours.  Payment will either be by PayPal (mcgen@cinergymetro.net – preferred), check, or money order.  All fees, with the exception of out-of-pocket expenses, are to be paid in full at time of contract.  If this contract is for additional research hours, I am enclosing _____ for ___ hours of research, at the rate of $20 per hour.  Additionally, I am enclosing the provided Information Form, on which I am listing any information I have already obtained in an effort to minimize duplication of research.

Client shall also reimburse Genealogist for the actual costs of photocopies, photographs, microfilm rental fees, postage, parking fees, and other necessary out-of-pocket expenses, provided Genealogist submits an itemized bill, and provided that the total of expenses does not exceed $25.  If Genealogist anticipates that expenses may exceed this $25 maximum, she shall notify Client in writing and obtain his/her agreement, also in writing, to the reimbursement of additional expenses.  Mileage outside of a 10-mile radius of Greencastle, Indiana, is charged to the Client at the rate authorized by the IRS.

I am returning the following three (3) items to Genealogist:  signed Contract, signed Information Form, and payment for research (excluding out-of-pocket expenses).  Upon receiving all items, Genealogist will begin research as outlined above.

Genealogist will perform this work as an independent contractor in accordance with prevailing professional standards in genealogy, including the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Code of Ethics adopted by the Board of Certification of Genealogists, and the Standards recommended by the National Genealogical Society.

I understand that Genealogist shall hold Client’s name, address, telephone number, and other identifying information about Client in confidence, unless Client authorizes their release in writing.  Genealogist shall also accord confidentiality to all material furnished by Client which contains (a) information that is not a matter of public record or which cannot be rightfully obtained from another non-confidential source; (b) information that no one else has independently developed; and (c) information that Client has not disclosed to anyone else except under a strict, written, confidentiality agreement that has the effect of preventing disclosure by any other person or entity.  Client understands that even though Genealogist may agree to keep certain information confidential, a court can compel Genealogist to disclose that information.

Client agrees that if there is distribution or publication of any information taken from Genealogist’s report, that information will be reported accurately and Client will credit Genealogist’s report as the source.  Genealogist retains the copyright to the report and the manner in which she has expressed the information in it.  Client may make a limited number of personal copies as a “fair use” of the copyrighted report, but Client agrees that the report will not otherwise be published, or multiple copies made, without written permission from Genealogist.

I understand that Genealogist may not be able to solve my genealogical problem(s) since the availability of information varies from county to county as well as from individual to individual.

Any dispute over the terms of this agreement that cannot be resolved by Genealogist and Client will be submitted to binding arbitration through the American Arbitration Association.

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Client Signature

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Effective Date of Contract

 

Information Form (signed and returned with Contract)

Maggie’s Genealogy Service

Connecting the “Roots” and “Leaves” of Your Family Tree

Maggie Champion

311 W Walnut St   Greencastle IN  46135

 (765) 719-3401

mcgen@cinergymetro.net

Information Form

 

Name:__________________________________

Type of Research I would like done:__________________________________________

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I would like information about…

(Please be as specific as possible)

Other information and sources I have already searched:

(Please add additional sheets if needed.  Do not send original documents, only copies.)

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Client Signature

(Returned to Genealogist with Contract)