Tom Coughlan Genealogy Research
Assessments of requests for estimates/feasibility of
research are provided free of charge. See
We do not operate a set pricing structure. Having completed hundreds of research projects of varying sizes, we can say that no two requests are ever the same. Even simple record finding requests can differ significantly in terms of time taken or costs of documents. Therefore, we prefer to assess each request on its merits, and then quote either a fixed cost or a range of possible prices, depending on which is more appropriate.
If we agree a fixed price, then that is what will be charged, regardless of time taken.
If we quote a price range, then even if the time spent exceeds that estimated, the charge will not exceed the maximum price quoted. And if the time spent is less than that estimated, we will reduce the final charge accordingly.
It is important to note that the fees involved are for research conducted - the charges are for our time, not for results. Even professional genealogists have to eat - so even if the agreed research fails to find the expected or sought after results, the fees agreed will still be due.
The final amount due will be a combination of Fees and Charges.
Fees: Our current rate per hour is €40. The minimum fee is €25, after which the charge is determined purely by time spent. This time includes Research, Analysis and Reporting.
Charges arise from Travel, Documents Obtained, and "Other":