FEES AND EXPENSES:
Due to the volume and strain on Tribal finances of our genealogy requests, we must begin charging a fee for our Genealogy Services. Our Tribe is self-sustaining, and the hundreds of dollars going out for genealogy services must now be reverted back to the people requesting those services.
We regret any inconveniences this may cause, but we intend to offer our services at a very low cost so everyone may still obtain help in this area. Please see the below for more information.
STARTING RESEARCH FEE $40.00:
For the initial process of beginning your lineage search, gathering information, and taking many hours to search the extensive Tribal documents for matches to your surname listing. This will include e-mails to you of our progress for those that have e-mail service. Both Beginner and Advanced Researchers will will receive at least two (2) hours of research but not to exceed four (4) hours of research. If your research requires more than the time above, our genealogists will inform you and at that time you may submit another research fee of $40.00 for the same amount of extended time. Please be aware that we are trying to do this as inexpensively as possible but we must cover expenses. (This Fee is Non-Refundable.)
FOR BEGINNING RESEARCHERS:
If you tell us you are a beginner, or you provide scant genealogical information, for your $40.00 Starting Research Fee, at your request, you will receive a start up "Genealogy Packet" with instructions to begin your search and how to proceed, which will contain:
1.WIT Membership Application form
3.Listing of Internet genealogy search sites**
4.Listing of other genealogy sources.**
**(If you have e-mail, these will be sent to you via e-mail)
FOR ADVANCED RESEARCHERS:
This pertains to those who have extensive lineage documentation. Your $40.00 Starting Research Fee will apply to further extensive research by our genealogist and the cost of materials. If you would like to include any of the items below you must request them.
1.WIT Membership Application form.
2.Listing of Internet genealogy search sites.**
3.Listing of other genealogy search places.**
**(IF you have e-mail, these will be sent to you via e-mail.
At the time your ancestors' information is found, AND you IF prove to be of Wea, Piankeshaw or Eel River Wea Indian descendant AND you choose to become a member in the Wea Indian Tribe, Inc., submit the enclosed WIT Membership Application along with an Application Fee of $20.00 in the form of a check or money order to the address on the Application. Your membership will be processed and sent back to you along with all pertinent information.
If you think you are of a Nation/Tribe other than Wea, Piankeshaw or Eel River Wea, or another nationality altogether, the genealogical research will be handled by BLOOD LINE GENEALOGY SERVICES, a privately owned genealogical service operating separately from the WIT tribal genealogical services. Visit the BLOOD LINE GENEALOGY SERVICES page for more information. Blood Line Genealogy Services works with Native American and NON-Indian blood lines. Blood Line Genealogy Services has the WIT's permission to use any and all data compiled by the tribe for research purposes and to include pertinent information in all applicable reports. Lineages from WIT can be used by Blood Line Genealogy Service but all personal information on file (names, addresses, phone, emails, etc.) with the WIT will only be used with permission from the individual or individuals identified in such files.
INFORMATION FEES .50 Cents:
For each sheet of readily available information, genealogy print offs, and copies of any other documents that are readily available to the Tribe.
Per copy sheet PLUS the cost of purchasing documents such as birth, marriage, or death certificates; Social Security applications; census rolls; etc. We will have to be paid in advance for copies of these. Currently the first 4 are $20.00 - 30.00 each from the state or federal offices that handle these. Others may vary in price according to the office they come from.
S & H Charges $3.00:
For any material sent out by regular mail is required to be added to the amount you sent to the WIT's Genealogy Service Department.
Payment in full will be required before genealogical information will be sent out. We will notify you of the total amount and what type of information you will receive.
For those of you who have previously sent in your genealogy information, and we are currently working on your lineage, we would sincerely appreciate a donation from you to the Genealogy Service to cover our expenses.