Research Services & Products
I offer a variety of services relating to historical research and genealogy (family history). You may want me to perform the research for you or perhaps you just want some direction in getting started. Either option is available.
All services and products are prepared in a professional method using proper citations and formatting.
Genealogies (Family Trees)
A family history can be a few pages, a binder, a book or photo album, or even a filing cabinet full of folders and pages. It could be a simple
list identifying when individuals were born, married and died or it could be more comprehensive and include a myriad of other details about our ancestors’ lives.
I use standard record keeping resources - hard copy and/or electronic, depending upon the clients’ wishes and I adhere to the Genealogical Proof Standard guidelines.
At a minimum, I provide standard documents including: ancestral charts (sometimes referred to as pedigree charts); family group sheets; ancestral reports; and descendants reports.
Where electronic database files are generated, I provide my clients with the industry standard GEDCom files to be used with their software. I use Family Tree Maker or Legacy software programs.
Custom presentation materials like scrapbooks (paper or electronic), recipe books and PowerPoint Presentations can also be prepared.
Organization & Preservation
If you have a collection of items, being able to share them with others is also likely a consideration for you and your project. I've organized records and created PowerPoint presentations and electronic document collections, family recipe books, digital and hard copy books with family stories, all for sharing with others.
Different types of media, including old photographs and documents, become more delicate as they age. While paper (or papyrus or vellum) has proven it can last for centuries and could be considered one of the most reliable storage methods, it needs help to last as long as possible and to stay in good condition.
Even though film and disks are likely to last for many, many years, the electronic vehicles that access them (VHS, televisions, computers, etc) change with alarming frequency. This is something you need to plan for. It isn’t easy to view that old film footage anymore and we sure don’t want to lose it!