We'll begin with a discussion of your specific or general goals, and my estimation of time needed for the project.
I will then send you a client contract as well as instructions on how to provide me with the necessary information I need regarding your parents, grandparents etc., including dates, places and whatever details you can provide for one or two generations beyond your own.
Depending on your goals and agreed upon time to spend on your project, I will begin research and start building a family tree (chart format). A written report will complete the project. These will be sent to you via email in PDF format and if you desire, we can discuss a hard copy as well.
Unless you have a specific goal for a particular record, a general search for your ancestors via primary records will include birth, marriage, death and census records. Military, occupational, land, electoral, newspapers, immigration and travel records are often available and may be researched as well, depending on the contracted time.
Any insights I can provide in terms of historical context will be provided to you as well within your narrative report. Some records will be pasted within the report and will be transcribed when necessary. Maps and stock photographs may be added for context.
When records are questionable but I believe are correct, explanations will be provided for my decision to include them. Suggestions for further research may be provided. If your goals seem unattainable after preliminary research, I will notify you as soon as possible and we can discuss if there are other options. If your ancestors can not be located at all, you will have a full report on the research regardless and I'll do my best to figure out why they weren't located.
If you would like me to include your family photos within your report or as a title page, please send them in JPEG format.
(Scroll down for a brief look at record types and more.)
We'll start with primary records for your ancestors connecting them to you and each other.
Often rich in detail, census records uncover how your family lived, worked and where their parents came from.
Time permitting, we'll look for records of military service, immigration, testamentary, burials or other records of interest.
Sometimes ancestors can be found in newspapers ~ Obituaries, garden clubs, agricultural prizes and much, much more ~ when found, they can provide fascinating details, small and large.
When the research is complete, you will be provided a chart and narrative report tying your family together from one generation to the next. Some of your own photos can be included if you like.
Additionally, DNA testing guidance can be provided. Ethnicity estimates, paternal surname projects and cousin matching can reveal the scientific side to you and your ancestral inheritance.