Yes! I have a second client. I took Michael’s advice and put out my need to a limited group of friends. I very quickly got three responders for 10 hours of pro bono work
I will work on all and report here but the first one built on my recently obtained Civil War expertise. She wanted to know if a family tradition was true about a Civil War soldiers in her maternal line. While I was unfamiliar with PA and OH records it was fairly easy to work the lineage back to the era in question.
In the end, I was certain that one ancestor served; two were probable Civil War veterans but one of the two I couldn’t document the connection to her ancestor and the other I could connect but there were too many of soldiers with the same name and I couldn’t identify exactly which one of the 16 were her ancestor. The fourth person was likely to have served but because of an early death (before 1870) he was proving difficult to trace.
I was proud of the final product but there were some things I wish I had done differently. It was great fun sitting down with her and reviewing the findings together.
Some things learned:
- Sometimes simpler, i.e. targeted, is better.
- It’s a little more challenging to decide whether to write a separate report or to just include the findings in a letter.
- I source my information on each exhibit with Avery labels. That is working great.
- I used the book Professional Genealogist as a reference. I am glad I had it.
- I still spent more hours than ten to do the work. It was OK.