Ancestry.com's “ExpertConnect” program made it easy for genealogical consumers to find, compare and retain the services of professional researchers. The newly formed Global Alliance of Genealogy Professionals seeks to fill the void created when ExpertConnect was discontinued in 2011.
GAGP member researchers are screened and approved based on various criteria, but most critical is the requirement that the research provider actually live in the geographic area in which he or she offers research services. This guarantees that clients are not only getting the most qualified service provider – they are also getting the most cost efficient service. Expenses such as ordering records are eliminated. And, local researchers have full understanding of the records they review as well as the history behind them.
Specific services offered by GAGP members include family history research, home histories, document retrieval, DNA testing, translation services, heir searches, publication and preservation of family records, and sales of books and software geared toward genealogical subjects.
For more information visit the GAGP site [http://tiny.cc/GAGP] or email Don Challis at firstname.lastname@example.org.