General family history services entail creating and building family trees. Depending on your existing knowledge, we start from scratch, or build on whatever you already have, or break through “brick walls” to discover missing links. Although we go where the evidence takes us, we specialize in 19th and early 20th century U.S. and Canadian sources.
There are a lot of genealogy companies out there, and they all offer different products, with different databases and different outcomes. We can help keep your family tree manageable and meaningful. Why is that necessary? Keep in mind that family trees are exponential: you have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents, 32 great-great-great-grandparents, and, then as you continue back generations, the numbers grow to 64, 128, 256, 512, etc. different branches with different last names. So if you want to trace your family tree back to, say, the American Revolution or colonial times, your family tree could theoretically contain more than a thousand branches to research.
Many people buy one of the DNA products out there on the market, find literally tens of thousands of “matches” and become overwhelmed. Our approach is different. Based on your particular desires, we utilize multiple databases to extract the most accurate data, and then filter that raw data into something meaningful to you.
We do it in a three-step process. First, our Initial Consultation is a free, no obligation discussion with you to learn what your needs and goals are, and then determine the best way to move forward to get you there. We’ll learn what information you already have, what steps you’ve already taken, any “brick walls” you have run into, and, most importantly, what you want to accomplish.
From there we do an Initial Assessment. We take what you have given us and do some basic research. Here we may suggest, for example, focusing on certain family branches to pursue further, or maybe tracing your lineage back to a certain locale or time in place. We may have questions for you based on what you have supplied. Because every situation is unique, we work with you on an hourly basis. We provide you with an Initial Report and you can decide where to go from there.
The third stage is where the fun really begins! This is true genealogy, where we build out your family tree and transform the raw data into a meaningful report.
If you’re ready for your free, no obligation Initial Assessment, let’s get started!
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No, of course not, but we will make every effort to build as complete and accurate a family tree as possible within the confines of your budget and particular circumstances.
Absolutely! Our clients are integral members of the team, helping to guide which directions to pursue, confirming connections made, and the like. You get access to our communication network and everything!
That depends on a number of factors but the biggest is how accessible the documentary evidence is. Getting DNA results back generally takes 4-6 weeks.
That depends on what you want to accomplish within the constraints of your budget and is a primary component of both the Initial Consultation and the Initial Assessment. We’ll talk …