The Church in Scotland
A Tour of Wigtownshire
Ghosts in my Past
Counties, Countries, and other...
Geography of Wigtownshire
Origins of the People
Castle of St. John
Ghost of Galdenoch
Death and the IGI
Old Parish Records [OPR]
The Rover of Loch Ryan
Farm Servant vs Ag Lab
What can a Professional Genealogist do?
What Makes a Good Researcher
The Museum, Newton Stewart
What Makes a Good Researcher?
|How a Professional Can Help
|by Alistair Cameron
A good researcher has to be cost-effective and this necessitates
familiarity with the various sources, some of which are little known.
While beginners tend to concentrate on births, marriages and deaths, a
professional will know of many other kinds of sources, some being specific
to the particular district where a family lived.
A good researcher gives a report which is logically compiled, and from the
sequence of the "finds" and the tactics used, the client soon learns
some of the tricks of the trade. In a sense the client is receiving an
education at the same time as the family connections are being proved.
A good researcher, after completing a commission, may suggest further
searches. This is not merely a ploy to win further income! It will
express a competent view as to whether further research would be
Finally I'll quote Sue P. McKean: "Good luck with your quest for your
ancestors. And remember: Good researchers may cost more but bad
researchers cost most."