[APG Public List] client who ignores billing

Jeanette Daniels jeanettedaniels8667 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 22 20:36:20 MST 2010


I'm having trouble with this.  If you can't figure out where the problems are within 10 hours - rural or not, something is wrong with the genealogical researcher's skills.


From: "eshown at comcast.net" <eshown at comcast.net>
To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Sent: Mon, February 22, 2010 7:00:12 PM
Subject: FW: [APG Public List] client who ignores billing

Larry wrote:
>I agree with your description, it's
how I would proceed (and how I think any experienced researcher would go).
 >There doesn't have to
be a pattern in the research itself.  It can be fee based (when X fee has
been reached, or x hours). 
Larry, perhaps I am
misunderstanding you, but I think you misunderstood what I meant by “pattern.” I was not referring to a client’s pattern of hiring or our pattern of collecting fees. Let me post again the
words I used, then try to explain them differently:
“In many areas across
rural America, where research is far more complex and piecing together even a
pattern might not be possible in less than 40 hours, reporting every ten or so
hours would not work. The time would be insufficient to develop anything
meaningful and clients would walk away thinking ‘once again, I got nothing from
the search’.”
“The ‘patterns’ to which
I refer are evidentiary patterns developed through correlation and analysis of
seemingly disparate pieces of evidence. It can take a considerable amount of
research---not just on the elusive ancestor but on what I call his FAN Club
(Friends, Associates, and Neighbors)---to develop patterns of migration, naming
and religious practices, activities, land ownership, etc., from which we might
squeeze the first viable clues to origin, identity, or parentage. In cases such
as this, reporting after, say, 10 hours would provide the client with nothing
of any obvious value.  
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

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