I'm really starting to dig this new product by Ancestry.com, "ExpertConnect," though it's still rough around the edges. I accepted my first project last night, to document a man's mother's family back as far as possible in TWO WEEKS, in time for her 80th birthday. Thank goodness, they lived in two states where there are lots of documents available online, and where few county courthouses were burned. I'm sure I'll be able to pull it off.
What's funny about this whole project is the total lack of understanding some people have about the genealogical research process. One person wanted us to "find as much about my family as possible," yet she was prepared to pay only ONE DOLLAR. Yeah, let's hold our breath to see how many researchers take her up on her offer. Others, however, have done quite a bit of research on their own (some good, some bad) and just need a little help getting over one brick wall. In the end, though, I'm loving reading through all the potential projects and the bidding process.
However, in one case, I was clicking along with one person, had already found the answer to her question and was just waiting for her to approve my bid (I bid $50 more than she had originally offered, but I knew it would take me more time to finish the project, thoroughly), but without notice, she canceled the project. Was it me, my price, or did I just give her too much information and she decided to finish it on her own? I'll probably never know. My first thought was that she didn't want to work with me because I'm black, but since her family came from Canada to Pennsylvania (two areas in which I have EXTENSIVE experience), the project seemed tailor made for me. Oh, well.
So, I have to get going on getting this two-week project done, printed, bound, and converted into an attractive PowerPoint presentation they can show at her birthday. Should be fun ... pant, pant.