A project begins with a free consultation to determine exactly what it is you would like to accomplish with your research. We exchange a variety of information and together, then come up with a plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. A contract and reasonable rates will be made available, at your request during this preliminary period, but the actual research process won't begin until this contract is signed and returned with a retainer paid through this website.
A contract and reasonable rates will be made available at your request during this preliminary period, but the actual research process won't begin until this contract is signed and returned with a retainer paid through this website.
... or you are just not sure how to start assembling your thoughts. Getting from a shoe box full of pictures, letters and family stories to and interesting family tree is not as difficult as you may think, just start with one small family - yours. Record what you know in any manner you like. Use the backs of family group sheets or a separate sheet of paper; work on a computer, by e-mail and/or word processing documents.
Family Group Sheets can help you organize your information and are useful to make notes on. The more you can add the better, all the details count. Fill them out to the best of your ability and as accurately as possible. If you have some research done already, please include your sources. Include every bit of information you may know about the person or persons being researched, listing one family group onto one family group sheet. Identify the members you wish to be researched and list their parents, siblings and spouses including any birth, marriage, or death dates. The location of these events are very important also, so include any family residences and their locations in towns or cities, counties and states. Adding physical descriptions such as hair and eye color, medical or physical limitations are important. Injuries incrured during military service may help identify 'same-name' individuals, or siblings, separate Scr. from Jr., and so on. We can also transcribe and-or abstract those old letters, legal documents, historical deeds and scripts, archival microfilm, or calligraphies you have collected to reveal more details about your family and this hand-written snapshot in time.