For your convenience there is a currency converter right above the third banknote (... the 50 Billion Mark Note). That is shortly after I told you about my fees.
Of course, you can pay me for my genealogy service for you with US Dollars. However, I would really appreciate nowadays bills. But when I think twice, it really depends. If it was more exotic for you to pay me in Euros, I would be happy, too. And if you are unfamiliar with the idea to send money abroad, PayPal is one perfect option.
My fee for any partially fractured hour is € 39* (including professional translation of any writing into English) for research in archives in the field and for editing the finds at home. There is no additional fee for the driving time to any place in Germany. So, if I drive to Erfurt in Thuringia, plus I will be there in an archive for two hours and after that, I drive back, I would work a total of 3.5 hours for you. But I will only charge two hours for this trip. All taxes are included in the amount above. Please read about the travel expenses, which add, further down this page.
* The fee for clients in both Germany and in the EU is some 10 % less if there is no translation necessary. It's possible to pay via Pay Pal. There is no additional cost for you when you decide on Pay Pal to pay me. A professional translation of the research results is included in the hourly rates for non EU clients. So there is no extra fee. Of course, you have the option to pay in Dollars. Please find a conversation rate in a sample later, but keep in mind, the rate is changing constantly.
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No, you can't hire me for several decades in advance with just one bill. But even if you could the amount above would be way more than I would charge you. Even for hundreds and hundreds of hours of genealogy in Thuringia, Germany.
There are additional travel expenses to pay. The amount is € 0,42 per kilometer up to a one-way distance of 100 kilometers around Eisenach. And it’s a fee of € 0,71 starting at 101 kilometers one distance and up. Based on an exchange rate of € 1 = $ 1,30 it would be $ 0,455 per kilometer, which is $ 0,732 per mile. Keep in mind, exchange rates vary on a daily basis. The bill is based on the € on the date of billing. The sales tax of 16 % is included. Maybe lodging cost adds, but we would talk about that before you order.
Summary: It's an additional cost of € 0,732 per mile drive if the one-way distance is more than 100 kilometers, lower if it's 99 kilometers or fewer. Check, what € 0,732 is in Dollars today ... with our currency converter.
1923. In these long gone times, genealogy, in general, was way more expensive. And, you probably could pay for a family researcher in kind. How good, these times have changed. By the way, this is a German 500 billion Mark banknote.
Let's say, you ask me, to do two-hour research in Erfurt, Thuringia. This is a fee of two times € 39. To drive to Erfurt is a distance of 70 kilometers (... which by the way is 44 miles). The way back is the same distance, which is a total of 140 kilometers. So it's 140 kilometers x € 0.42 = € 58,80. € 58,80 driving expenses plus € 78 honorarium is a total of € 136.80. In this amount, all taxes are included.
It's different with a one-hour research in the City Archive of Kassel, but just a little. One way distance to Kassel, Hesse, the neighbor Federal State east of Thuringia is 130 kilometers from Eisenach. The same is true for the way back. So, a round trip is 260 kilometers. I charge € 0,71 each kilometer when it's over 100 kilometers distance one way. Which then is a total of 260 kilometers multiplied by € 0.71 for driving expenses: which is a total of € € 184,60. My fee for this research, however, is low, as it's only one hour in the local archive, which is € 39. If we add up both amounts it's a total of € 223,60. Like in the sample above, the sales tax in Germany of 16 % is included in that amount. Please check on the rate today by a click here. For your convenience here is one more way to our currency converter.
Three considerations for you. Firstly: Please compare my clearly arranged fee on an hourly basis and the driving expenses with the hourly rates of my competitors, especially the big service providers. You will figure out fast, that my fees are way below average. Secondly: Please just check on the hourly rate of your last plumbing service specialist. Both, the hourly rate plus the fee for a service call help to come from a neighborhood address. And finally, thirdly: I already today delivered a solution for you. Because you are here now. And you want to learn more about fees now. You don't want to fill in a form, you don't want to write a mail and you don't want to make a telephone call. You are researching the internet because you want to get clear information. Now. On my website I offer, what many don't. A complete estimation. To the point. Plus, now! My philosophy.
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Please don't pay me in historic Russian Rubles. If you are happy with my family research for you in Thuringia or all over Germany, I would rather be paid in either American Dollars or European Euros. This is a historic Ruble bill. However, coming with the theme of fees on this page of my genealogy website, this illustration fits to perfection here. Please check on the $ vs. € rate today by a click here.
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I already mentioned it above: I would love to be paid in Dollars or Euros for my research for you here in lovely Eisenach, Germany, Federal State of Thuringia, in the heart of my fatherland. But I didn't want to deny this great Dollar bill of you. It's from the very early American years. Often more interest in historical themes starts when you begin being interested in genealogy. I often heard that from my clients. And, more family researchers, both hobby and professional plus both, from Germany and from the USA tell so.