I will visit the Circuit Court Archives in Chicago to search the plaintiff and/or the defendant indexes for Circuit Court and Superior Court divorces that took place between 1871-1963.
If I find a case number, I will have the file brought in from the warehouse and return in about a week to make color scans of the records. If I’m not able to find a match, I will provide you with a detailed explanation of how and what I searched and will try to include quick camera images so you can look at the index entries, too.
Fees $10 for the index search (billed as an expense). $40/hour for scanning pages from the file with a minimum of 15 minutes. Most files can be scanned in about 30 minutes but sometimes files are large; my quote will usually allow for 45 minutes but if I don’t need to use all the time, I won’t.
Images I provide jpgs (rotated and cropped) and a single pdf that makes files easy to read. I usually use a flatbed scanner but there are two times when I use a digital camera instead: 1) when pages are so brittle that I can’t flatten them; and 2) when I can’t remove fasteners and can’t flatten the pages on the scanner bed. I work hard to get good images no matter what approach I take. They are very readable, even when the pages aren’t optimal for scanning.
I am happy to follow your guidelines and work within your budget. Let me know if you have a preference for how I should make copies. For example, I can scan all the pages in a file or I can select the most relevant genealogical documents. Please understand, though, that if I don’t copy everything, there’s a chance that I might miss something important. I can also opt for quick digital images rather than scans (saves a lot of time) when files are particularly large.
Scanning time varies based on how hard pages are to copy (folded or flat, legal-size requiring me to stitch two images together or 8.5 × 11) but a good rule of thumb is that I can scan, rotate, and crop about 60 images in an hour.