Genealogy is a passion shared by millions of family history enthusiasts around the world. If you use your favorite search engine and type in "family tree" or "genealogy", the results are staggering.
If you can find out all of this information on your own, why hire a professional genealogist?
A professional genealogist is familiar with where to go and how to read such records as photographs of census reports, tombstones, cemetery records, vital records, deeds, probate records, prison records, and institution records. This saves you time.
A professional genealogist not only knows where to go and how to read records, but is intimately familiar with the resources that can leave a lay person scratching their head.
With historical records, there are lots of clues that can be overlooked by the untrained eye. For example, state borders and county lines changes significantly in the 1800s and early 1900s as people migrated across the U.S. The family members you are looking for in Illinois might have actually lived for a time in Indiana if county lines were redrawn.
A professional genealogist has experience dealing with your specialized needs. Are you curious about the number of family members in the religious community? Career paths of ancestors? Professional genealogists have done it all before. They know where to look, who to ask and what is involved with your specialized interest.