Services

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in America. Most people like doing their own research, building their own trees, and studying their own DNA, and don’t want to spend a fortune having someone else do it.

Therefore … I offer FREE one-hour consultations to beginners and amateur genealogists. After the first 60 minutes, I continue to help you on a Pay-What-You-Want (PWYW) basis. You decide how much to pay me, if anything. This doesn’t go on forever, of course. At some point, when it appears your needs have evolved into something more in-depth, or you desire a specific deliverable (see list below), we can then discuss billing rates and terms.

For the free consultations, I will speak to you on the phone or visit personally if you are local. If you have an online tree already, I like to see that ahead of time. Then we schedule the tutorial. I follow up with an email providing written tips and suggestions.

Billable Services

I offer the following consulting and research services:

  • Build family trees and family group sheets
  • Prepare pedigree and other lineage charts
  • Locate documents and records (I’m near D.C. so can pull records from NARA, DAR, BLM, and Library of Congress, as examples)
  • Break through brick walls
  • Write reports with reference citations
  • Take photographs of grave sites or old residences
  • Give presentations at family reunions

Genealogy research varies considerably on the needs of the client. I listen carefully to what the customer wants and tailor my rates and services accordingly. Call now for free consultation!

HOBBYIST CONSULTATION

Tutor clients on their basic/intermediate genealogy research or DNA testing results

Deliverables:

  • Initial review to understand your needs
  • 60 minutes or more of personal consultation
  • Follow-up email with tips and suggestions

PWYW (1st-hour free)

Silver Package

Original research on 4 generations of one American ancestral line (child, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents).

Deliverables:

  • Written report with citations
  • Pedigree chart
  • Copies of key documents

$395

Gold Package

Original research on 4 generations of one ancestral line (child, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents), including collateral ancestors (all the brothers & sisters each generation).

Deliverables:

  • Written report with citations
  • Pedigree chart
  • Family group sheets
  • Copies of key documents
  • Professional binder

$795

Payment

I accept payment via check, PayPal, or bank transfer.  

Areas of Specialization

Americans have migrated so much throughout history that professional American genealogists are relatively adept at researching almost anywhere in the 50 states.  This is especially true given the recent explosion of Internet access to various ancestry records (e.g, vital records, census data, military files, wills & probate documents, land records).  

With that being said, I have more experience in northern states than southern, and am particularly knowledgeable about the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and New York. Areas of specialization include: Scots-Irish, Norway, Quakers, and DNA analysis.

Scots-Irish

Presbyterians who were transplanted from low-land areas of Scotland to Northern Ireland (Ulster) in the 1600s and then immigrated to America in the 18th century.

Norway

19th-century immigrants from Norway, particularly those who settled in the upper midwest. I am particularly familiar with ancestors from Sogn og Fjordane and Akershus counties.

Quakers

Founded by George Fox in 1650, the Religious Society of Friends joined the ranks of those fleeing religious persecution in England to come to America, beginning in the 1680s.

DNA Analysis

Finding genetic cousins through DNA testing and then collaborating to identify common ancestors is a new way to help build one’s family tree. I primarily use Ancestry DNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and GEDMatch.

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