SERVICES and RATES

SERVICES

Photograph of cemetery entry sign.

Photograph of headstone full length of all sides containing data.

Photographs of the cemetery environment looking from the headstone.

Photographs will be emailed to you.

RATES

First headstone photograph package including all sides with data and the cemetery name sign (if available) = $25.00.

Photograph package of the second & third headstones = $20.00@.

Photograph package of the fourth headstone & more = $15.00@.

Mileage fee = .55 per mile. (Round trip calculated by online mapping, typically Google.)

CLARIFYING ETCHING / DATA

In the event cleansing is required to clarify the etched data, we will use water first. If necessary, we will use D/2 Biological Solution:

– is biodegradable

– will not harm plants, stone, animals or people

– contains no acids, salts or chlorine

– is pH neutral

– will not scratch metals or glass

– is not a hazardous material and requires no special handling or protection

– is used full strength with no in-field mixing required

– contains no carcinogenic compounds as defined by NTP, IARC or OSHA

– is considered essentially nontoxic by swallowing

– requires no special ventilation during use.

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Why Genealogy Preservation Photography? 

As a child, there were the family trips to Sunfish, KY to attend the funerals of relatives I had no idea of who they were. There were trips to the local Louisville KY cemeteries to attend the funerals of relatives I had no idea of who they were. All those strangers attending. All the strangers milling around. Some laughed, some cried. Some were what I might have considered kindred spirits, the persons whose interests or attitudes were similar to my own. While others I might have considered off-shoots of evil spirits, the persons I would avoid since they appeared like ogres or troll-like.

One day recently when I was reading the Ancestry DNA package we received in the mail, I realized that there are probably many people who have started delving into their genealogy because of all the DNA offerings in the marketplace now. As in my experience, over the years I gradually became fascinated with my own ancestry. And now, I can find out where in the world I most match the people who would be considered “My People” (sort of). My urge for definite connections is growing from an urge to a passion and will most likely grow from a passion to an obsession.

Once I made some reasonable calculations, I know that I can provide services to others who have the same desires to connect with ancestors and to document connections with ancestors though genealogy preservation photography. I also know that I can reasonably cover the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. And I know I can do it for costs that would be far less than an individual coming all the way to Kentucky or Southern Indiana to perform the task for themselves. And if the person needing the photography is a professional genealogist, I know I can save them money in providing these services to them for their clients.

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Do-It-Yourself Trip to Kentucky or Southern Indiana Cost Estimate:

I calculated the estimated costs for someone to fly to Louisville KY on round trip, with a 2 day car rental + fuel for 300 miles and a 1 night stay in a Louisville Hotel with a “very good” or “excellent” rating.

The flights were to Louisville from six locations (Albany, NY; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Midland, TX; Boise, ID; Phoenix, AZ.) The average round trip flight = $806.00

The car rentals were from three random rental brands who offered the lowest pricing with car-size descriptions (economy, compact, midsize, standard, fullsize).  The average car rental = $87.00

The car fuel I calculated 300 miles at 20 miles/gallon. 15 gallons at $2.25/gallon. Fuel average = $34.00

The hotel rooms I calculated on the pricing from 6 hotels in Louisville for 1 night with a ranking of “very good” or “excellent”.  The average hotel room = $151.00

Total Estimated Do-It-Yourself Trip to Kentucky or Southern Indiana = $1078.00

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Genealogy Preservation Photography Preview Estimates for Comparisons:

On every project you send to me or we discuss, I will provide you a specific “Quote” detailing the services and costs required to obtain the exact documents you are requesting. Here are 3 separate scenarios to give you a preview of what those costs might be:

Scenario #1:

You or your client need photographs of a single gravesite located in Paducah KY (far Western KY).

My rates would be: First headstone photography package $25.00

Mileage fee round-trip Louisville & Paducah                                         $237.00

Total                                                                                                               $262.00

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Scenario #2:

You or your client need photographs of 6 gravesites located in the same cemetery in Lexington KY.

My rates would be: First headstone photography package $25.00

Second and Third headstone package ($20. X 2 =)                $40.00

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth headstone packages ($15.00 x 3 =) $45.00

Mileage fee round-trip Louisville & Lexington                                      $85.00

Total                                                                                                               $195.00

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Scenario #3:

You or your client need photographs of 3 gravesites located in the same cemetery in Jefferson County KY (Louisville area).

My rates would be: First headstone photography package $25.00

Second and Third headstone package ($20. X 2 =)                $40.00

Mileage fee within Jefferson County KY (Louisville area)                   $40.00

Total                                                                                                               $105.00