Q: Are you an accredited genealogist?
A: Following the guidelines of the National Genealogical Society and adhering to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and beginning with the information you have provided me, I research census records, newspaper accounts, obituaries, newspaper articles, military records, immigrant databases, and documented records and information from state and local agencies to gather evidence and information about your family’s past. I am a member of the National Genealogical Society and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I have years of experience researching family trees and have earned my Associates in Family History from in Family History from Brigham Young University Idaho. I am working toward becoming a Certified Genealogist.
Q: How do I order services?
A: You can order services by contacting me. After we have discussed your goals regarding your family history, I will send a service contract for you to read and sign. This contract details how I proceed with the services you have ordered. When you send an email please include your full name, phone number and the best time to reach you.
Q: How much family history can you find?
A: Before we can discuss family stories and history, we need to be sure we have the evidence and proof necessary to support the stories and personal history so often remembered by family members. You may have facts but you still need a written record to give to your mother, your father, or to pass on to your children.
The success from researching, compiling, and verifying a person’s lineage is dependent on many issues – some of which include access to records, and the city, state, and country your ancestors are from. Whether I am able to research, document, and confirm your family’s heritage depends on many factors that are unknown at the time you contract with me for genealogical services until research can begin.
Q: Where do I get started?
A: First, you need to tell me what you know about your family history. We all cherish and enjoy the accounts of family memories handed down through generations – but are they accurate? I start with the details you provide. As I research you will receive the personalized care and service your family’s heritage deserves.
Q: What documents do I need to provide?
A: What documents do you currently have that verify the facts of the individuals of your lineage? Here’s a beginning checklist of useful documents: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, military records, photographs, church records, citizenship papers, bible records, correspondence. Here is a more complete list of other items that may spark you in your search for documents. Remember, the more you can provide me with to start, the sooner I can start finding the ancestors that are lost.