Monday, March 31, 2014

Who Is provides high quality family history research at the most affordable price possible. We specialize in:
  • Obtaining copies of original documents from archives and libraries around the world
  • Breaking down difficult brick walls and solving complex family history problems
  • Strengthening and extending family trees

Who We Are has created one of the largest networks of professional genealogists in the world. We do research in every state in the United States, every country in the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as Australia, Canada, and many other countries around the globe. has:
  • Literally thousands of years of combined genealogy research experience
  •  More than 500 genealogists around the globe
  • Access to over 1,000 archives and repositories worldwide
Success Factor 1: Knowledge of Available Records
Our researchers know what records are available, what those records contain, and how to best analyze them.  Our detailed analysis reports will pull information from not only online sources, but from the archives that document where your ancestors lived and died.
Success Factor 2: On-Site Research
Our researchers conduct over 85% of the research projects using on-site archives that contain the records needed.  If a researcher needs one or more records from a remote archive, they can call or email one of our 500+ researchers who perform lookups in that specific archive and have the record sent to them saving weeks or even months of research time.
Success Factor 3: Customized Research
We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.  Typical pricing is $43 to $65 per hour, depending on project size and complexity. The hourly price is less for larger projects. Your goals, your objectives, your research package.

Success Factor 4: Collaborative Approach
Our genealogists work together to bring you the expertise you need in the location you need.  You no longer need to spend time and effort searching for researchers in all the different locations where your ancestors lived and worked.  Simply submit your request and we will ensure that you receive the best researchers possible.

Success Factor 5: Quality Deliverables
Our job is to locate and fully analyze relevant family research records, providing you a detailed research calendar/log documenting our searches.  We then create a research report that presents our findings.  All of our deliverables are reviewed by expert researchers before they are sent to you in order to ensure the highest quality possible.  See examples of our deliverables.

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To receive a free quote for your research project, simply complete the "Request a Free Research Quote" form at:  indicating what you want us to investigate.  We will provide you with a quote within 72 hours; there is no limit to the number of requests you can submit.  We look forward to helping you with all your family history research needs.
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by Jim Heddell © 2014, All rights reserved

Genealogy Pox

Though it can strike at any age, this dread disease rarely affects children or young adults, and rarely becomes serious until after middle age.

The cause and manner of transmission of the Pox are poorly understood. It is generally only mildly contagious, requiring relatively prolonged exposure to one afflicted with it. However, some victims contract the disease after one brief exposure, while others seem to have a natural immunity, and can withstand years of close contact without ever succumbing to it.

Insatiable craving for names, dates and places; patient often has a blank expression and seems deaf to spouse and children; has no taste for productive work of any kind, but will spend long hours feverishly looking through books at libraries and courthouses; may become addicted to the use of microfilm and microfiche readers; may become a compulsive letter-writer or phone-caller; may tend to lie in wait for the mailman, cursing him soundly if he only leaves bills or circulars; frequents strange places such as cemeteries, attics and any place where dusty old books and photographs can be found.

These have always been the classic symptoms. But recently the virus causing this Pox seems to have mutated. The newest symptom is spending hours in front of a computer screen, sending e-mail messages and looking for more and more genealogy websites on the Internet. This can lead to dire consequences, as the victim often forgets to eat or sleep and can become emaciated, disoriented and clinically speaking, totally nuts!

There is no known cure, and fighting the disease only makes the victim withdraw from contact with those trying to help him. Humoring him, or joining in his obsessive activities seem to be the best ways for loved ones to deal with it. It is progressive, but has never been known to be fatal. The patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogy magazines, and be given a quiet place where he can be alone. If the patient is inattentive to those closest to him, his attention can be gotten, at least for short periods of time, by promising him a new website address, or a new and more powerful computer. But perhaps the surest, and certainly the least expensive way of getting his attention, is to ask a question - ANY question - about his great grandmother!

The most unusual aspect of this disease has always been that, the sicker the patient gets, the more he enjoys it!

Author: Anonymous

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Benefiting from Lookups at the Family History Library

Have you considered using materials from the Family History Library in your research? The Family History Library (or FHL for short), located in Salt Lake City, Utah, holds the largest collection of genealogical records in the world. These records grow daily and currently contain the names of more than 3 billion deceased people from over 110 countries.

Note: In addition to providing lookups at the FHL, also provides lookups and research in several other archives throughout the world from our team of over 500 researchers in over 1,000 locations.

The Family History Library houses an extensive collection of records dating from 707 AD to 2012, with the majority of records containing information about persons who lived before 1930. The FHL collection comprises[1]:

  • Over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records
  •  727,000 microfiche
  • 356,000 books, serials, and other formats
  • 4,500 periodicals
  • 725 electronic resources
 Here's where comes in.  As one of the team of researchers who performs lookups in the FHL regularly, I have assisted hundreds of clients with requests.  I have helped discover vital records, including birth, marriage, naturalization, and death certificates as well as other valuable  documents that have helped our clients accelerate their research of their family trees and extend their lineage.

Accelerate how? How do you benefit?

There are many reasons to request lookups from The most important reason of them all is validitation of previolusly discovered information. Lookups from the FHL will provide you with solid evidence that you have in fact identified all your progenitors and that all the date is accurate.

Secondly, it helps to expand your family tree by providing you with previously unknown names and details, such as a great-great-whatever grandparent on a birth certificate you're seeking, or a distant cousin, or even a living relative you never knew you had.  An ancestor may have even lived in a completely different location than previously thought, and this may help re-direct and expand your research in a totally new direction.

It is easy to request lookups.  Visit either:

a.  Our Facebook page and click the button "Request Research or a Lookup"

b.  Our FHL Lookup Request page and complete the form located there.

Please provide as much information as possible about which family name(s) you are hoping to locate.  The cost is $25 per record or $60 per hour of research.  Results will be emailed to you within a couple days.

Lookups can lead to an entirely new area of discovery.  You might even find you are related to royalty or to some other famous historical figure. The possibilities are endless.


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by Zack Tritsch © 2014, All rights reserved

4 Ways to Use WorldCat to Access Records

Have you been researching for some time now and would like to discover additional genealogical resources?  

Try using WorldCat, the largest library catalog in the world.  It might very well point you in the direction of previously unexplored resources that may provide further information about your ancestor.

Note: Remember also that provides access to over 1,000 of the worlds archives and repositories for records.  Between WorldCat and, you will be able to gain access to the 90% plus records that are not yet available online.

WorldCat is operated by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and is an online catalog of many library collections.  The FamilySearch Catalog (previously called the Family History Library Catalog) is now indexed in WorldCat.  As a result, searching in WorldCat displays information in the FSC, as well as in other libraries.  This is the first time the FSC has been included in any other catalog. 

If you find something in WorldCat that you want to examine in the Family History Library, simply click the link to go to the FSC for details.  If a digital copy is available, you may be able to download the PDF (Portable Document Format)— and unlike Google Books, these books are completely searchable.  Even if there is no digital copy available on the FSC, you can view the FSC description and the format it appears in, e.g., hardcopy, microfilm, etc.  You can also send us a request and we will send you the digital records within a few days.

WorldCat also contains the ArchiveGrid discovery interface, which aids in family history research by providing access to over 2 million archival material descriptions, such as documents, personal papers, and family histories held by thousands of libraries, museums, and historical societies.  Click here for for additional details as well as this link on Wikipedia.

Here are four examples of searches you can perform on WorldCat:


Search for cemeteries in the area where your family lived, and then research those cemeteries for family members who may be buried there.

Township, County, Province, State or other geographic area histories

Do you want to learn more about the area where your ancestor lived?  Perform a search using the county, township, or other territory name to discover what information you can learn.


Perhaps someone has written a history about your family; perform a search using your family name in addition to the area — in this case, “county” — name.

Ecclesiastical Records

Are you trying to determine your ancestors’ place of worship? By entering words such as “church”, “mosque”, “synagogue”, “parish” “temple”, etc., you might discover ecclesiastical records that include your family names.

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by Robin Foster © 2014, All rights reserved

Thursday, March 13, 2014

6 Ways Timelines Can Help with Genealogy Research

It does not take long to accumulate an abundance of papers, records, photos, and other materials while researching an ancestor.  In the process, you may even lose track of what you were actually trying to discover.  Creating a timeline can help you stay focused on your original objective.

If you have never used a timeline before in your research, you might choose to do so after you read through the following six ways they can facilitate your research:

1.  Timelines can help you keep track of where your ancestor was living when important events occurred.  If your ancestor did not live in the same place throughout his or her life, records to document the births of children may be located in different places.  If local geographical boundaries — or even international borders — changed during your ancestor’s life, finding records can be more difficult.  A timeline is a good visual that helps you monitor those various locales in which your ancestor conducted his daily life.

Example of a Timeline
2. Timelines can help you keep track of each piece of evidence that you discover about your ancestor.  You should extract the date and place for every event that you document, and add it to your ancestor’s timeline.  By cataloguing the evidence in this way, you will notice any discrepancies in dates and/or places.  Timelines will also help ensure that you are following the correct line and greatly reduce the possibility of inadvertently tracing the line of another unrelated individual with the same name as your ancestor.

3. Timelines can help you recognize when pieces of evidence contradict each other.  Sometimes you will find more than one reference to an event or you may find your ancestor mentioned in more than one record.  If these records cite different dates or if your ancestor’s name is spelled differently, you will want to add each individual reference to your timeline, and create a separate timeline when dates, places or names begin to diverge.  With experience, you will begin to more easily identify discrepancies in records.

4. Timelines can reveal gaps in your research or time periods for which you are lacking information about your ancestor.  With a timeline, it is easier to spot gaps between birth and death that may require additional research effort.

5. Timelines help you identify local events that impacted your ancestor’s life.  By comparing your ancestor’s timeline to the dates when local events occurred (or even national or international events of historical import), and then studying those periods of time, you will gain greater insight into the daily lives of your ancestors.

6. Timelines help you identify historical records that might include mention of your ancestor.  Search out local records that were generated during the time between the birth and death of your ancestor.  Many local, civic or parish libraries compiled histories of their residents or congregants.  Perhaps you will find the name of your ancestor included there, and open a new chapter on his or her life story.

Often when doing research for clients, uses timelines to help ensure that we successfully accomplish your project's objectives.  Next time you are researching an ancestor, you may want to create a timeline.  You might be surprised how very helpful they can be.

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by Robin Foster © 2014, All rights reserved

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Have You Included Offline Records in Your Research?

It has been quite interesting to visit different archives and courthouses in the state of South Carolina, U.S. to handle and review various record types.  

Last week I spent the morning in the Greenwood County Courthouse for the first time.  My self-guided field trip reaffirmed the reality that most people will eventually need the service of a professional genealogist.  

FamilySearchestimates that over 92% of the world's records are still offline and only available by visiting the archives and repositories where they are located.

Knowing where and how to access records can be somewhat daunting.  For example, if you were looking for a marriage record, you would need to first research:

  • When marriage records began to be recorded for a particular location
  • Where marriage records are held (often in a county courthouse, but sometimes only in an ecclesiastical repository, or possibly only in a state or provincial capitol)
  • Whether or not an index exists for the time period you are researching
After you figure all that out, you need to be fortunate enough to find the record in good enough condition to be readable.  If you spend most of your time researching online, you may be neglecting the 93% of records that are currently sitting in repositories, and which unfortunately, with the passage of time, may be deteriorating.

I wore gloves and was very careful when handling the marriage index used to locate the marriage license.  It was literally crumbling.  Many of the names that I was able to read were found on only fragments of pages.  How unfortunate it would be if that index was ultimately unusable and researchers would have to manually search through each marriage record one by one to find a desired document.

Think about the many places you have yet to visit that may contain information on your ancestors. Now might be a great time to have one or more of our over 400 professional genealogists help you gain access to the numerous records that are not yet available online.  Visit today. 

1FamilySearch Works to Put the World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation. FamilySearch Blog. 4 Feb. 2014.

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by Robin Foster © 2014, All rights reserved

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Why We Need

Why We Need
• About 28 billion people have lived on the earth since A.D. 1500
• 60 billion historical records exist offline, located around the world in numerous archives
• Only 7% of historical records are online
• Most online records are for North and South America & Europe
• Will take 200-300 years before these records are online

To access the other 93% of records, go to and submit your requests today.