Research Services

Please note, as an employee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) I cannot accept research clients who are members of NEHGS due to a non-compete agreement. If you are not a member, I look forward to working with you.
  • DNA Analysis - Frustrated by your DNA test? I can help you understand and work with your results.
  • Family History Research - Curious to learn more about your family history? I can research your ancestors to find their stories and connect you with your past.
  • Research Plan Development - Interested in doing research yourself but don't know where to start? Let me design a research plan for you to follow.
  • Family History Writing - Looking to share your family stories? I can write an engaging narrative of your family history.
  • Onsite Research - Please contact me for availability at local repositories in the Boston area.

Family History Research Includes

  1. Consultation with you and review of your family history information. Please provide any information or documents you already have on the person or family to be researched. I do not want to duplicate information you already have. 
  2. A contract for the work you desire.
  3. Evaluation of information and documents.
  4. Creating a research plan.
  5. Research and analysis.
  6. Written research report, including negative findings. See sample research report for more information.
  7. Recommendations for future research.
  8. Copies, transcriptions, or abstracts of documents, as appropriate.

Hourly Fee

$50 per hour for services described above. A basic research project requires between five and ten hours of work. An initial 20 minute consultation is free.

Retainer Fee

$100 for two-hour minimum, payable in advance. Other charges will be billed upon completion.

Reimbursable Expenses

Parking, photocopies, microfilm rental, postage, long-distance telephone calls, other incidental expenses and travel outside of local repositories are charged at actual cost. Travel to local repositories is usually not charged.


  • By check, payable to Pam Holland, 133 Elmwood Rd. #2, Swampscott, MA, 01907.
  • Via invoice payable through PayPal.

For more information please contact me.