Sunday, May 5, 2013

You Might be Surprised at How Much Money Genealogists Spend

In an article on the Mashable.com website, Jill Krasny tells us amateur genealogists hoping to uncover a link to Abe Lincoln can easily turn to the web to dig in their ancestor's closet. But taking the commercial route doesn't come cheap.
People curious about family history spent a whopping $2.3 billion on genealogy products and services last year, according to a study by market research firm Global Industry Analysts. They took most of their work to sites like Ancestry.com, which charge between $22.95 and $34.59 per month for access to billions of pertinent records. One-on-one consultations set them back $2,000 to $5,000 per session, depending on the length and complexity of the project, a spokesperson told Mashable.
Despite those sites' popularity, “it’s perfectly possible to do everything without spending a dime,” says Terry Koch-Bostic, a Mineola, N.Y.-based director of the National Genealogy Society, a non-profit education, training and records-preservation group. 

In the next few days, we'll share with you the 5 tools Terry Koch-Bostic recommends for building a family tree without it costing you a fortune.


1 comment:

  1. Interesting article; but I am not sure where they are finding one-on-one consultations at more than $2,000....NEHGS charges $60 an hour for members and $80 for non-members!!!

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