On researching the history of your family you might bump into a lot of surprising and interesting facts. If you are intending to hire a professional genealogist you should keep in mind that those experts are expensive and take their time to bring you a family tree that is as accurate as possible.
Thanks to the Internet it is very easy and not expensive at all to learn about you family and to put up a tree. The Internet has a number of free websites that can help you. All you have to do is give them your name, date of birth and country you live in and click the search button.
You will know about your family in little or no time. But beware; these free websites may give you inaccurate or unreliable results, or both.
Tracing a family database takes a lot of time and patience. So think of tracing millions of family trees… a lot of work, even for a professional.
The first genealogy sites you visit are free to use these days. You will find different pieces of information on your family you can use later to go deeper into your history. At this stage paying for important documents is not necessary.
You have to acknowledge though that these findings on the free sites are shallow and give you limited information about the members of your family. If you want to peel the whole onion of your history you will have to spend money for the info you are looking for.
Once searching the Internet’s free websites runs into a dead end street, you can go on by consulting old obituaries in the newspapers, which are a great source of information, and the public records. A visit to the library might pay off as well.
If you get frustrated and decide to hire a professional genealogist give him or her all the information you’ve found and explain how far exactly you want to extend the search.
This way you still pull the strings and you know what kind of invoice to expect.