For the keyword “german genealogist,” my webmaster has had my WordPress blog SEO’d, i.e. search-engine optimized, for several years now. Results: a few clients @ a few hundred $; a few @ $1,000; 1 @ $34,400 (over 2 years); another @ $20,000 (over 1 year). I wish I could say that acquiring such well-paying clientele is happening more than that. Nonetheless, I do not intend to ever shut it down, but may alter how it works & its focus. Those clients, of course, did not offer those retainers up front. They still had to be “sold.” As we were successful, they ordered more research in numerous villages of Germany, Poland & Lithuania (mostly Prussia & non-Prussia provinces). No, I did not want the keyword “German Genealogy.” for that would have brought on too many without the capital to spend for Germany Genealogy research.
So, long story short: We will now only accept retainers in increments of $1,000. How many thousands can you budget? It is said by many that we SAVE our clients thousands of $, while obtaining what they seek in The Old World.
If you have a budget of at least $1,000, please call 480-245-0879. Think that is too much? Ha! The research arm of Ancestry.com wants $2,500 to start a European research project!
For us: If research is required on-site in Europe, then a minimum $10,000 retainer is required. Why? So that we might exhaust as much of the parish registers in various villages & parishes for as many ancestral families as possible!
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I think anyone can get this. No, I did not buy it.
Adreßbuch [Addressbücher; Directories] der [of the] Haupt- [Capital] und Residenzstadt [residential city] Königsberg [lka Kaliningrad] in Pr[eussen; Prussia] & der [of the] Vororte [suburbs]. Königsberg, Pr[eussen; Prussia], [1872, 1877, 1878, 1899, 1901, 1906]: [Author] Hartung, [sein Lebenslauf; his Lifespan] 1847-1919
The new Evangelical church book portal Archion is currently in closed-access Beta-testing mode. Approximately 135,000 Evangelical church books will eventually be accessible through this subscription website. The portal will begin its service with circa 32,000 books. User fees are supposed to finance the additional materials coming online.
Currently fees are set at 178 Euros (roughly 250 US Dollars) per year for general users who will be allowed to download up to 50 scans per month, and 1788 Euros per year for professionals, with a download capacity of up to 500 images per month. As I understand it, the download restrictions refer to the number of images the user is able to print, not view.
Archion will eventually allow access to records from eleven church archives and is scheduled to go live in early 2015 as a subscription site. For a sneak preview (in German) with screen shots see http://www.dergenealoge.de/archion-einblick-in-die-testphase/#.VDA_BPldVVY
The following churches are participating at this time:
• Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts
• Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden
• Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Bayern
• Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz
• Evangelisch-lutherische Landeskirche Hannovers
• Evangelische Kirche in Hessen und Nassau
• Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck
• Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Norddeutschland
• Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz
• Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen
• Evangelische Landeskirche in Württemberg
More information about this project is available in the blog found at http://www.kirchenbuchportal.de/ , unfortunately only in German. Only the last three entries are shown on the home page. To access the next earlier blog entry scroll down past all the comments of the earliest available entry.