Research Contract & Fees

Wyoming township Plat map,  Jones Co., IA 1857

Ancestor Research Iowa
Fees and Research Process

Bonnie L Samuel, Ancestor Research Iowa, provides the following RESEARCH SERVICES, in accordance with the ethical standards of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

For details of specific research services and process, see page “Research Services.” 

All services are performed under contract. The contract outlines specifics of research objectives as per the client’s request and the number of research hours we consider necessary for your search request. 

Research performed as per contract. Upon completion of research, Ancestor Research Iowa will prepare a written report, to include  analysis and conclusions, and complete source citations; negative findings to be noted as well. Your final report will include copies of original records, transcripts, or abstracts of all supporting documents found in the research process.  Recommendations for further research may be included.


Ancestor Research Iowa’s fee is $25.00 per hour, plus expenses. Expenses are billed at cost and include postage, photocopies, document and repository fees, and mileage beyond a 60 mile radius of Ames, Iowa. 

The number of research hours required for your research request depends on the scope and complexity of the project.

Once the contract is approved and signed, work will begin upon receipt of 50% of the estimated fee for the authorized contracted hours. Research work will not exceed contracted hours without consulting the client and receiving authorization in writing to continue. You will be notified when work is complete and provided an invoice of all costs incurred. 

You are billed for the actual research performed, the initial review and development of a research plan, report preparation, and expenses incurred. We guarantee diligent and thorough research. However, research, in whole of part, may be unsuccessful in discovery of your stated goal. 

Payment may be made by personal check, or by credit card through Paypal. 

Please contact Ancestor Research Iowa with any questions at