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Dr. Miroslav Koudelka
Ancestry Research, Tours, Translation


Research projects are performed in the order they are agreed on and according to the conditions at particular archives, usually within 3 - 6 months. Reports are provided in English, Czech or German. The main output are excerpts from birth, marriage and death registers.

Hourly Rates (in US Dollars):
Research, working out report - 20.00
Guiding, interpreting - 20.00
Office work - 10.00
Transit time to/from research or meeting place - 10.00

Translation per Typed Line:
Common text (e.g. correspondence) - .30
Special style or script - .50

Travel Expenses:
Basic rate per km (i.e. 0.6 mile) - .20
Additional rate per person/km in the car - .05

Examples (distances to particular places):
Brno archive = 86 km
Zámrsk archive = 112 km
Plzeň archive = 376 km
Prague airport = 308 km
Vienna, Austria airport = 240 km

If personal research at more distant archives is needed, I usually take a more-day trip and work on more projects to cut down the side expenses.

Hotel accommodations per night (when needed) - 25.00 - 50.00

Digital photographs per copy - 1.00
Xerox copies (if allowed) - 1.00
Copies of documents are made for private use only. Special permission from the archive would be needed for any kind of publication (hard or electronic copies). Individual archives can declare making copies impossible.

Communication Fees:
Airmail letters - 1.00 - 5.00
Express mail service (0.5-1 kg) - 30.00
E-mail - free
Phone per minute - 1.00

Other expenses (parking, local phone/postage, etc) - 1.00 - 30.00

Payments in other currencies (EUR, CZK, CAD, AUD, GBP, etc) are possible too. The sum will be converted by to the current exchange rate (see, for example

The low fees result from the devalued Czech currency. Should any changes occur, clients will be notified immediately. This would only be considered upon serious changes in the value of the Czech currency. No major monetary expenses will be incurred without first notifying the client of price and cause.

It is helpful both to the client and the researcher to establish if you have a monetary limit, e.g. $150, 300, 500 etc, before work is started. Payments for services are expected when the work is done. A bank fee (1%, minimum $6.00) will be included in the bill. The payments can be made in various ways:

Most of my clients send me personal checks. Other kinds of checks (cashier's checks, money orders) are accepted too. Direct deposit to my account through your bank is possible too. But the bank fee is usually much higher (around $30) in that case.

Feel free to ask me any question about my services and rates as well as share this information with anyone interested.


Cellular phone: (420) 603-326-285
E-mail: mk [at] czechfamily [dot] com ---or--- mirekk [at] volny [dot] cz

Note on e-mail: As I spend most of my days on the road or in the archives -- and so have limited internet access -- it may be some time before I get a chance to reply to your mails. Be assured, I will reply as soon as possible.

New to international calling? When dialing from the U.S. dial: 011, then the country code (420), then the full number. Check your local rates before making a call, or use a discount VIOP service like Skype.