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Discovering You Genealogically


Dear Client:

As a professional genealogist, I not only do genealogical research and compilations but also lecture, teach, and write in the genealogical field. I like to use “real-life” examples in my teaching and writing but do not use client-sponsored research without the client’s permission. If you would allow me to use the work I did for you in this way, or to use you as a reference, please initial all the following statements that apply and return the form to me in the enclosed stamped self-addressed envelope. Thank you for considering these requests.


Ariana Fiorello

_____ I permit , Ariana Fiorello, to use in portfolios of his work to be reviewed by other professionals the genealogical research report he prepared for me.

_____ I permit , to use as examples in genealogical lectures elements of the genealogical research that I commissioned of him.

_____ I permit , to use as examples in genealogical publications elements of the genealogical research that I commissioned of him.

_____ If the genealogical research I commissioned is used in genealogical publications, I want my identity to be kept confidential.

_____ If the genealogical research I commissioned is used in genealogical publications, I want my commissioning the research to be acknowledged.

_____ If the genealogical research I commissioned is used in genealogical publications, I want my address to be included. I permit , to use my name as a reference.



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Name: __________________________________

Type of Research I would like to have done: __________________________________________



I would like information about…

(Please be as specific as possible)

Other information and sources I have already searched:

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This contract is geared toward individuals seeking more rigorous and intense research. All other inquiries should me emailed directly to the email address listed below. Smaller research projects can be negotiated in price depending on the research topic and needs of said project. Ms. Fiorello invites prospective clients to retain her for assistance in the field of genealogy at:

Ariana Fiorello, Genealogist

747 Fellsway,

Medford, MA 02155


To retain my services, please cut and paste this Contract form into your word processor (or ask me to send you a copy), complete the dollar amounts, sign and mail it to me with your check or money order along with your detailed request and any supporting documentation or recitation of known facts that you believe may assist me in my research:


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Phone:____________________               E-Mail:_____________________________________

I agree to pay Ariana Fiorello, Genealogist (herein called “Genealogist”), for genealogical services to be performed on my behalf at the rate of $30 per hour. The hourly fee should be applied as follows: review of client’s existing information (all previous research bearing on the research goal must be provided prior to the start of the project), development of a research plan which is confirmed by client (a specific research goal must be defined prior to research), actual conduct of the planned research, review of all new material for accuracy and consistency, an evaluation of client’s research objectives in terms of new information, and preparation of a detailed report (will include information detailing negative searches).

I am enclosing a retainer fee of three hundred (300) dollars. This retainer includes up to ten (10) hours of time before an hourly fee of thirty (30) dollars is charged. The retainer will be used to evaluate previous research and organize a research plan to address my specific research problem. Any funds not used toward evaluating my current information and creating a plan will be applied to further work as outlined above. Payment will either be by PayPal (, check, or money order. The retainer fee is to be paid in full at time of contract. Additionally, I am enclosing the provided Information Form, on which I am listing any information I have already obtained in an effort to minimize duplication of research. All fees for returned checks will be paid by me.

Client shall also reimburse Genealogist for the actual costs of photocopies, photographs, microfilm rental fees, postage, parking fees, and other necessary out-of-pocket expenses, provided Genealogist submits an itemized bill, and provided that the total of expenses does not exceed $25.  If Genealogist anticipates that expenses may exceed this $25 maximum, she shall notify Client in writing and obtain his/her agreement, also in writing, to the reimbursement of additional expenses.  Mileage outside of a 5-mile radius of Medford, Massachusetts, is charged to the Client at the rate authorized by the IRS.

I am returning the following three (3) items to Genealogist: signed Contract, signed Information Form, and Retainer Fee. Upon receiving all items, Genealogist will begin research as outlined above.

Genealogist will perform this work as an independent contractor in accordance with prevailing professional standards in genealogy, including the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Code of Ethics adopted by the Board of Certification of Genealogists, and the Standards recommended by the National Genealogical Society.

I understand that Genealogist shall hold Client’s name, address, telephone number, and other identifying information about Client in confidence, unless Client authorizes their release in writing.  Genealogist shall also accord confidentiality to all material furnished by Client which contains (a) information that is not a matter of public record or which cannot be rightfully obtained from another non-confidential source; (b) information that no one else has independently developed; and (c) information that Client has not disclosed to anyone else except under a strict, written, confidentiality agreement that has the effect of preventing disclosure by any other person or entity.  Client understands that even though Genealogist may agree to keep certain information confidential, a court can compel Genealogist to disclose that information.

Client agrees that if there is distribution or publication of any information taken from Genealogist’s report, that information will be reported accurately and Client will credit Genealogist’s report as the source.  Genealogist retains the copyright to the report and the manner in which she has expressed the information in it.  Client may make a limited number of personal copies as a “fair use” of the copyrighted report, but Client agrees that the report will not otherwise be published, or multiple copies made, without written permission from Genealogist.

I understand that Genealogist may not be able to solve my genealogical problem(s) since the availability of information varies from county to county as well as from individual to individual.

Any dispute over the terms of this agreement that cannot be resolved by Genealogist and Client will be submitted to binding arbitration through the American Arbitration Association.


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Effective Date of Contract

Information Form (signed and returned with Contract)

Discovering You Genealogically
Discovering your unique Identity
Ariana Fiorello
747 Fellsway   Medford MA  02155
 (781) 866-2234

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