My usual near-by research repositories are closed or have limited access due to the pandemic. At this point, I will not be traveling to do research nor will I be doing any in-person research for at least the next several months. I do have subscriptions to many genealogy and newspaper websites, know about many that are “hidden” away in libraries and historical societies, and have subcontractors that can be called up as needed. Many of your research needs can still be handled.
One of the gifts I love to share with research clients is my love of the task and solving U.S. and Canadian research issues. My many years of experience helping clients from all over the world to analyze their family history, develop research plans, doing some of the research for them, and sending them a comprehensive report, has given me a broad knowledge of the many aspects and records involved in genealogy research. I have researched many generations and locations for individual clients. Placing families back together brings me joy. The many hours spent in courthouses, archives, libraries and historical societies has yielded generational linkages, found missing siblings of great grandfathers, enabled probate cases to be finalized, and brought smiles to my clients and to me! I have researched onsite in many states and my search skills continue to find online gems that clients may have overlooked. Other clients have been law firms and Native American tribes and individuals seeking to solve tribal enrollment issues, broaden knowledge of records for Native American research, and for some to prove or disprove the family story of that Native American great grandmother.
There are many ways I am able to assist you with your research needs. The rest of this page provides many ideas.
What is a research client?
This is a genealogist who recognizes that additional research help is needed. There are many reasons for hiring a professional genealogist to assist you with your family history research and I love to help clients with these tasks.
We all wish we could travel to the places our ancestors lived so we could do onsite research. There are many factors that may prevent this. Thus, there are times when it makes sense to use the services of a professional. You may use these services individually, as a group of researchers, or a family organization may work together with a professional. Do you know about all the records, places to find them, what years they cover, and about the “hidden” indexes and databases for a distant state? This is another time that a professional genealogist is the idea person to assist you.
You can utilize a professional to do research on your behalf
● Locating, working in, and copying specific records and indexes that you can’t travel to in courthouses, libraries, historical societies, state archives, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the National Archives, and repositories worldwide
● Conducting more in-depth research in a range of records for a specific geographic area
● Locating the original records to back up information you found online
You can use a professional to provide consultation (not necessarily research) services in person, by phone, e-mail, regular mail, Skype, or a Google Hangout on such areas as
● General “what do I do next?” advice
● Specific research problems, confusing or conflicting records
● Explaining a resource or record that is new to you
● Updates on new resources, changes in access, laws, and technology
● Which repositories, websites, books, seminars, conferences, or trips might be worthwhile
● Help on how to get started in their geographic area
● Information on specialty sources in their area
You can work with a professional directly in many other ways to
● Organize the folders, albums, piles, or boxes of material you have gathered
● Organize your electronic files and emails
● Guide you in developing a research plan
● Explain the area’s records and the laws that have impacted them over the years
● Locate and be a go-between long lost or estranged family members
● Orient you to a specific record repository or work with you side-by-side in that facility
● Assist or guide an individual or group research trip
● Give hands-on assistance in using new equipment, technology, systems, or software,
● Help evaluate evidence, determining when a relationship or event is sufficiently “proven”
● Help prepare membership applications for hereditary societies
● Assist in obtaining hard-to-access records
● Organize, write, edit, or publish your family history
● Consult on organizing or operating a genealogical or family/surname society, a special research project, or planning educational programs
● Research a specific artifact and help to determine the original owner and background on the owner and the artifact you plan to purchase or already have in your possession
● Help you and your family plan and run a family reunion
● Teach you effective ways to use the Internet or databases
● Interview (using audio and/or video) individuals who live a distance from you
Do you have or suspect you have Native American ancestry?
I can help you with that type of research. I have had many individual clients, tribes, and law firms hire me in the area of Native American research in many parts of the U.S. I have access to many records and databases and know where to access others.
Contact me if your genealogy needs fit any of these categories and I will send you details about how to hire me and how the costs are structured.