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BUILDING FAMILY TREES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Here are some stories and examples of what you might see as you uncover your past, but if you are ready to proceed to how we do what we do, click here.

Planning Your Past

Stories and Posts

For the Last Time, Newsom is Not Pelosi’s Nephew

Sometimes, genealogy can be used not only to prove family relationships, but also to disprove it. If you follow California wing nuts you have no doubt heard that our governor Gavin Newsom is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nephew. Uh, no. He’s not. Here’s the scoop. Gavin Christopher Newsom was born in 1967 to William Alfred Newsom III and Tessa Thomas Menzies Newsom.  Bill Newsom had a sister Belinda, who in 1960 married one Ronald Pelosi.

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I Am Not a Crook, But I Am Your Cousin

While doing routine ancestry research one day on my own family tree, I discovered a rather significant and totally unexpected family connection on my mother’s side with the Quaker tradition. In doing so I also came across the surname Milhous, which I knew to be the middle name of the only Quaker American president, and began to put two and two together.

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FAQs

Any Questions?

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 …