I have a queue of clients lined up for 2020 and will not be accepting clients for the foreseeable future.  My apologies.

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

Therefore …  I offer FREE one-hour consultations to beginners.  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.  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.


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 Military History.


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.


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.


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.

Military History

The experiences of soldiers who fought in America’s wars and conflicts. I am especially familiar with Civil War and World War II records.

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