Have you been working on a family tree of your Trentino ancestors? Have you hit ‘brick walls’ in your research or struggled to understand the resources you have found? Or maybe, you’d love to have a family tree, but you simply don’t have the time (or interest!) to do the legwork required.
These are all good reasons for thinking about hiring a genealogist, especially one who is familiar with the idiosyncrasies of your ancestry.
There is never a ‘one size fits all’ approach to researching someone’s ancestry. Everyone wants something different, and every family tree poses different challenges. That’s why, before I agree to work with a client, I always have a chat with them (on Skype) to discuss their project, their expectations AND their budget. Being clear about all these things from the very start is the best way to ensure my clients will be happy with the work I do for them.
To request a (free) 30-minute Skype chat
My Research Fees
Unlike some genealogists, I do NOT charge by the hour. This is the system I have found to be most economical for my clients, and satisfactory to my own needs:
- $250 per day of active research. This means between 6 and 8 hours of work at the archives in Trento, Italy (either at the Archdiocese of Trento, the State Archives or the Provincial Archives). TIP: I am very efficient and can get a LOT done in two days of research!
- $15 per original document I find for you. Once I find a relevant document, I will analyse, translate, transcribe and create source citations for it, and link it to the tree I will create for you. In other words, analysing 10 documents = $150, 20 documents = $300, etc.
- Small additional fees will be added to cover the costs of digital files I obtain in Trento for you. As of this writing, these fees range between $0.50 per page (for parish records) and $2.00 per page (for State and Provincial Archives), but they are subject to change.
What I create, but do NOT charge extra for
- I create a fresh NEW tree for you, and upload it to YOUR Ancestry account. I do this as I am researching, as it is the best way for me to ensure I’m getting things right. I do NOT edit your existing tree in any way. I upload the images to the relevant people, and link them to source citations. I don’t charge extra for this, as I consider it to be an integral part of my research.
- I also upload all the digital images I procured for you to a Dropbox folder, with transcriptions. This way you can study them, and share them with family.
- I write a summary report for you. This will highlight some of the most interesting “finds” of the research, and give you tips on where to take your research next. This report is usually many pages long, depending on how many days you hired me to do research for you, and how much I found. Although this takes me MORE time than any other part of the project (usually a few days), I don’t charge extra for it, because I cannot predict what it’s going to look like. It could be very short or very long.
So, when you are looking at my research and translation fees, consider the fact that you will also get these extras, as they can bring significant value to your project.
Testimonials from My Clients
Loretta Shelton, Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania says:
‘I want not only to thank Lynn publicly, but even more importantly, to tell you that in less than two months, she delivered a report that is fabulous—there is no other word. Yes, there are facts, many of them. Yes, there are records, primary evidence all translated. Yes, there are charts, lineages… But, Lynn’s toolbox involves much more than this: She operates with both high intelligence and honed instincts, and these combine to yield more than data lines. She understands the incomparable value of context, and she possesses a wealth of knowledge about how people, and their priests, thought and acted in the old times. She brings to her work a capacity to relate, not only to her client but to the old souls who populate her discoveries. She contextualizes otherwise relatively dry and largely impersonalized factual data into a fully realized tale of human lives, palpable and intimate. I know of no other genealogist who does this: a task that requires both the intellectual and creative faculties associated with the ability to write well… I am a truth seeker. Lynn is a truth teller. I am, even many days after reading Lynn’s report, still filled with feelings and images and even a sense of the presence of these ancestors, not to mention a fuller sense of myself. What were once a few wispy threads are now transformed, thanks only to Lynn, into a fully detailed, beautiful tapestry that resonates in my life, in the lives of my progeny, even in the lives of my friends.’
Judy Pedrotti Andersen from Chesterfield, Missouri says:
‘I have been wanting to write to you since the day I received my wonderful Pedrotti report. From the first day we began to work together I knew this was going to be something special. Your interest in wanting to know what I wanted from this research showed me just how you personally care, and that I wasn’t just a client. All along the way with your updates and messages while you were in Italy brought excitement with each message. When I received the report I was so impressed by your professionalism and detail. I am so anxious to share this with my Pedrotti family when we are all together this summer. I feel very blessed that I not only received a super report, but a new friend.’
To request a (free) 30-minute Skype chat
In your email:
- Please DON’T send me your complete family history or family trees.
- Please DO give me a rough idea of how much research you have already done (if any).
- Please DO give me a rough idea of where you may be stuck in your research.
- Please DO tell me tell me the parish(es) or the part of Trentino your family came from (if you know).
- If you don’t know anything about your family’s origins, that’s OK, as long as you are sure your family came from somewhere in Trentino.
If you have any questions you before requesting a Skype chat, drop me a line via the contact form and I will reply.
I look forward to hearing from you!
LYNN SERAFINN is a bestselling author, online marketing consultant and genealogist specialising in the families of the Giudicarie Valley. She is also the author of the regularly featured column ‘Genealogy Corner’ for Filò Magazine: A Journal for Tyrolean Americans.
Born in New York, and now living in England, Lynn’s father Romeo Serafini immigrated with his parents and siblings from Santa Croce del Bleggio to the Pennsylvania coal mines shortly after World War 1. Author Father Bonifacio Bolognani cites her great-granduncle Luigi Parisi as the founder of the Trentini community in Brandy Camp, Pennsylvania in the late 19th century.
Through extensive research, she has already linked together many thousands of Trentini in an extended family tree. Now her ongoing vision is to create a genealogical ‘map’ of everyone either born in Bleggio, or whose ancestors came from there, from the 1400s to the current era, to serve as a visual and spiritual reminder of how we are all connected.
To speak with Lynn about how you can find out more about your own Trentini ancestry, drop her a line via the contact form on this website.