I research at multiple repositories in Washington, D.C. and in Richmond, VA, and closer to home in Fredericksburg, VA. For research in Washington or Richmond I charge $55 per hour. I only make the trip to either of those places when I have an hour of paid work scheduled, which can be for one client or multiple clients.To help in estimating how much time your work will require, military pension files average 1 hour, homestead records average about 45 min, and compiled service records, military bounty land warrant, and cash entry land records average 1/2 hour or less. For Fredericksburg or online research, I charge $20 per hour. Since my travel time and costs are minimal, I do not require a minimum amount of paid work for local or online research.