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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>I sincerely hope that this &#8220;pro genealogist&#8221; isn&#8217;t
me!<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>This would seem a fairly frequent occurrence in the genealogical
world.&nbsp; Some of them are miss-understandings.&nbsp; For example &#8211;
and I&#8217;m not saying that this happened in your case &#8211; the genealogist
said that this could be done.&nbsp; Did he/she say that they would do it?&nbsp;
Are they waiting for you to give them instruction to do so?&nbsp; You use the
term &#8220;pro genealogist&#8221; &#8211; is this a paid-for item of work?<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>I suggest that you send another e-mail asking for guidance as to
how long to wait before expecting results.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Personally speaking, I have a &#8220;day job&#8221; that is not
genealogy.&nbsp; Therefore, if I undertake an item of research, I make it clear
that it could take 3-6 months before I can complete it &#8211; possibly longer
if I hit a &#8220;brick wall&#8221;.&nbsp; That said, I do try and complete the
first steps within a day or two.&nbsp; Step one &#8211; send them my
understanding of what they are requesting.&nbsp; Step two, for example &#8211;
a quick trawl of easily accessible on-line records &#8211; sending the client a
summary of the findings and what the next step would be.&nbsp; It is likely that
the client already has this information, but it at least ensures that you are
starting from common ground, and shows that you are at least starting.&nbsp; A
lack of correspondence can lead, as you have proved, to uncertainty and
concern.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Chris<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>[Christopher Gray]<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Guild of One-Name Studies member 3286<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Society of Genealogists - 022836<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>&eacute;minence grise</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>The Gray / Grey One-Name Study (Worldwide)
http://www.gray-ons.org/<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>
apgpubliclist-bounces+christopher.gray=newscope-solutions.co.uk@apgen.org
[mailto:apgpubliclist-bounces+christopher.gray=newscope-solutions.co.uk@apgen.org]
<b>On Behalf Of </b>MFP<br>
<b>Sent:</b> 30 May 2010 06:37<br>
<b>To:</b> apgpubliclist@apgen.org<br>
<b>Subject:</b> [APG Public List] Reasonable time to wait for reply from
professional genealogist<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal>7 April, 2010,&nbsp; I sent an email to an APG member asking
about having some church records searched. <br>
<br>
12 April the genealogist replied that yes, this was something that could be
done. <br>
<br>
Today is Sunday 30 May 2010, and there has been no additional communication
from the pro genealogist. I did inform the genealogist there was no hurry for
this work to be done; however, it seems by now I should at least have a date
for the work to begin. Did I shoot myself in the foot, so to speak, by
indicating there is no hurry? If I had a start date, there would be no hurry. <br>
<br>
I would very much appreciate comments on reasonable time period to wait for the
genealogist to provide a starting date for the requested research. <br>
<br>
Thanks for your opinions.<br>
<br>
Mag<o:p></o:p></p>

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