Schedule of Fees

Hourly Fee — $95.00

The hourly fee includes prepa­ra­tion of a research plan, actu­al time research­ing, as well as time for the prepa­ra­tion of a research report. Expens­es may apply, depend­ing on your project. Includ­ed in all research reports is a descrip­tion of the research per­formed, a detailed analy­sis, a cal­en­dar of records searched, and source-cit­ed copies of any rel­e­vant doc­u­ments.

Retain­er

For projects that are esti­mat­ed to be under 10 hours, pre­pay­ment in full is nec­es­sary.  For projects that are esti­mat­ed to be over 10 hours, a retain­er of half of the esti­mat­ed hours is required.

Research reports are not trans­mit­ted to the client until the sec­ond half of the fee has been paid.

Doc­u­ment Requests from Ital­ian Archives

$125 — one doc­u­ment request

$175 — two doc­u­ments request­ed from the same office

Requests to mul­ti­ple offices or for more than two doc­u­ments request­ed from the same office — a quote will be giv­en depend­ing on the specifics of the project.  Some civ­il record offices or provin­cial archives charge per fam­i­ly mem­ber when prepar­ing a State of the Fam­i­ly Cer­tifi­cate. These fees are not cov­ered by the stat­ed doc­u­ment fee and would be invoiced at the end of the project.

We are very expe­ri­enced in acquir­ing doc­u­ments that oth­er genealog­i­cal providers are unable to find. We often receive requests to find­ing miss­ing doc­u­ments that oth­er Ital­ian dual cit­i­zen­ship, Ital­ian research firms, or pro­fes­sion­al geneal­o­gists were unable to find.  Research to find out why a record has not been found in your Ital­ian town of ori­gin, or to find where your ances­tors orig­i­nat­ed, will be charged at the hourly rate list­ed above.

Occa­sion­al­ly, an office in Italy sim­ply refus­es to pro­vide the request­ed doc­u­ment, despite our best efforts.  This is the excep­tion, rather than the rule.  The doc­u­ment request fee would still apply because the work was still per­formed.  We have a 99% suc­cess rate and will make every effort pos­si­ble [through every repos­i­to­ry the record may be held in] in order to acquire the nec­es­sary doc­u­ment.

Ital­ian Dual Cit­i­zen­ship Ser­vices

Please see the sep­a­rate tabs (pages) on this web­site detail­ing these ser­vices.   

Mail­ing of Cer­ti­fied Doc­u­ments Out­side the U.S.

Mail­ing of cer­ti­fied Ital­ian doc­u­ments to a coun­try out­side of the U.S. can be very cost­ly.  The client would be respon­si­ble for the costs of mail­ing at the end of the project.  Cer­ti­fied doc­u­ments are sent in a man­ner which allows us to track the pack­age, in case it does not arrive.  This helps to assure that the doc­u­ment does not get lost.

Ital­ian Doc­u­ment Trans­la­tion Ser­vices

Trans­la­tions are charged at my hourly rate of $50 per hour.  We would be glad to pro­vide an esti­mate of time need­ed, if you for­ward dig­i­tal copies of the doc­u­ments that need trans­la­tion to Melanie@holtzresearch.com.

Most Ital­ian civ­il and parish records fol­low a gen­er­al for­mat and do not take long to trans­late.  Unless you request a word-for-word trans­la­tion, we pro­vide a trans­lat­ed abstrac­tion of all genealog­i­cal­ly per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion with­in the doc­u­ment.  For­mu­la word­ing is omit­ted to save the client time and mon­ey, unless nec­es­sary to under­stand the doc­u­ment in its cul­tur­al or his­tor­i­cal con­text.  If com­ments are need­ed to under­stand the con­tents of the doc­u­ments, these com­ments will fol­low the abstrac­tion.

Doc­u­ments for dual cit­i­zen­ship are trans­lat­ed word-for-word, as request­ed by Ital­ian con­sulates. If you would like to see an exam­ple of one of these trans­la­tions, please email us at the address above.

On-Site Research in Italy

Please email for a quote. Prices will vary depend­ing on the exten­sive­ness of the project and the trav­el expens­es involved.  Expens­es are kept afford­able for our clients because we main­tain an office in Italy and there­fore can more eas­i­ly access records any­where you need.

Pay­ment Meth­ods

Pay­ment is accept­ed via per­sonal check (made out to Melanie Holtz), Pay­Pal or Square. Per­son­al checks need to be made out to Melanie D. Holtz.

If you are an inter­na­tional cus­tomer and/or wish to pay by cred­it card, you must pay using Square or Pay­Pal.  Please con­tact us before using this option and an invoice will be emailed to you.