I am not only a charter & continuing member of the subscription website, Ancestry.com–one of the pioneers in online genealogy research–but also a former key research employee who knew the search engines along with the tech of how to do the research for clients, patrons, family members & friends.
So much so, that I was hand-picked to initialize the Paid Expert Ancestry Research Line (PEARL; my selected name won the contest, but it was never officially adopted). Who was 2nd? My wife, Lynell Rae Pierce Sala!
When that was tearfully disbanded, I served as the primary European research consultant for Ancestry.de[utschland]. I fielded the majority of the research-oriented calls & emails from native Europeans from various European countries. When that, too, was disbanded, Lynell & I opted to launch GermanGenealogist.com. It has been the best thing we ever did!
The Tech of German Genealogy? Each case is its own!