Does the Library have a list of freelance researchers for hire?

The Library of Congress wishes to meet the needs of all of its patrons, whether they step through our doors literally or use us virtually through a variety of digital reference tools. The scope of our reference services does not include: compilation of extensive bibliographies, requests for information connected with contests, completion of school or work assignments, translations, or research in heraldry or family history. 

If your local library cannot help and a visit to the Library of Congress is not going to be feasible, there are freelance researchers who can assist patrons unable to visit the Library. While this is not the ideal solution, since you'd probably prefer to examine the material yourself, it would still give you access to our collections.

The Library's Prints and Photographs Division provides a list of freelance picture and copyright searchers.

The National Archives offers a list of researchers in different subjects, here in D.C. and beyond.

Additionally, professional genealogical researchers can be found through the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Board of Certification for Genealogists.

The Library cannot vouch for these freelance researchers; it simply provides these resources for informational purposes. The Library neither makes arrangements for service nor sets fees, which vary. In addition, the Library assumes no responsibility for the promptness or quality of work performed.

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Last Updated: May 24, 2024
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