It looks as though there is a solution to the cliff-hanger caused by the departure of the Ancestry.com Expert Connect service. Genealogy Freelancers.com is welcoming many of those affected by the situation to transition to their service.
The company was established in 2008 and offers a project bidding system, which is an easy transition for genealogists from Expert Connect because it has a similar platform.
Genealogy Freelancers management started their service to provide a comfortable way for the client and the genealogist to make a friendly connection.
I’ve taken a tour of the GenealogyFreelancers.com website and can say right up front that it’s a user friendly site and clearly explains what to expect. It manages to portray a distinctive air of optimism and assurance that they can provide the service you need.
If you’re a client, there’s an international team of professional genealogists on hand who can support anything you need, from a simple lookup to a full custom research project, including a document translation service and photography for cemeteries and towns .
From the Specialists perspective it’s a three-step process:
- The client posts their project.
- The Specialist that could be a match to the specific category and location are notified and if the project is a good fit then an appropriate offer (bid) will be made for the project.
- This is the final step where the expert help is selected.
As with everything else, whether you’re a client or an expert, you’ll need to kick the tires before making a decision.
If you’ve hit a brick wall or you just want someone with experience to help you build your family tree, you might want to take a look at the GenealogyFreelancers website.
If you’d like to take a look at my original post on the announcement from Ancestry.com on their decision to pull the plug on Expert Connect, please click on the link: http://spittalstreet.com/?p=1017#more-1017