Fun at the Fair – Hero or Rogue?

Family Folk presents a bit of fun at the Suffolk Family History Fair this Saturday, the 17 October 2015 at University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ (Click here for a map).

Join the jury and vote on whether these two chaps were heroes or rogues.  Come along and examine the evidence.


What do I do next?

That is the question posed as the theme of the Suffolk Family History Fair next Saturday.

Wherever you are in your family history journey, it is a good idea to pause and assess your progress.  The fair provides an opportunity to talk to fellow family historians.  Just explaining your stumbling block can be enough for you to see the way forward.  Volunteer helpers will be on hand to answer your questions.

When you need a little more help than friends and free advice can provide, Family Folk offers professional research services.  Initial consultation is free, so come and discuss your next steps and get a no-obligation quote.

Date: 17 October 2015
Location: University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ. Click here for a map.

Family Folk is coming to the Suffolk Family History Society Fair

On the 17 October 2015 the Suffolk Family History Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Family History Fair.  Family Folk is pleased to announce that we will be attending with a stand.

The venue is:

University Campus Suffolk
Waterfront Building
Neptune Quay

Watch this space for more details.  See you there!

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When You Need More Than Your Friends Can Give

In With a Little Help from Friends and Strangers, I made some suggestions about how to effectively ask for help with examples from social media and Stack Exchange. I included making your question specific, identifying the people with pertinent knowledge and not expecting others to do the work for you.

How much can and should you expect from friends and volunteers? When you need someone with particular expertise to spend time on your question, it may be time to hire a professional genealogist.

Making your question specific whilst providing enough information will help the professional work efficiently, giving you more value for your money. Consider practicing asking directed questions with friends before approaching a professional.

Look at the professional genealogist’s qualifications and areas of expertise, in the detail of listings with professional membership organisations such as the Association of Professional Genealogists.

The one time you can expect someone to do the work for you is when you have paid them. Please pay a fair rate that is commensurate with the professional’s expertise and time spent on your question.