Family Tree Development & Research, Oral Histories

Do you need help creating a family tree? Or how to accurately determine evidence so your research is authentic. Do you need coaching, or want us to do the work?  Do you have family members whose story should be told and preserved for future generations?  Do you have a family member's military papers and medals and would like to develop a book to pass their service experiences across the family?

We can help!

Examples of services may include the following but it is not limited to:

  • Lookup of a record in a repository you can't reach
  • Photo taken of a family house, church, cemetery, headstone that you can't reach
  • Begin development of family tree - interview will be required
  • Vet any documentation or family pedigree chart you have that you think should be validated
  • Coaching of different aspects of genealogy whether you are starting out, have hit a brick wall, or where to turn for your next steps
  • Report of findings with full citations
  • Assistance with Lineage applications
  • Oral history of family members you wish to have preserved for future generations. This would include a transcript of our conversations.  This  also includes any veterans in your family where you wish to preserve their experiences.
  • Development of a creative 'publication' that combines family charts, documents and photographs for future generations.  For example: a book to document the family heritage of a newly engaged couple, a new baby, an upcoming milestone anniversary, the story of one family member in particular, the story of your family's immigration and/or migration, documenting a veteran's story with pictures of uniform, medals, awards, where they were stationed, fought etc.



DNA Interpretation & Adoption Research

DNA is a powerful tool in genealogy and creating your family tree, looking for lost family  members and looking for family if you were adopted. Understanding the different tests available and how to interpret the results accurately requires expertise, patience and help from other DNA testers.  We are discreet and always protect a customer's privacy.

Services offered include:

  • Helping to select the right test to take
  • Helping you understand your results
  • Identifying matches and understanding their relationship to you
  • Developing family trees using DNA results
  • Researching all possible DNA matches to determine your biological family
  • Fully documented report discussing process, findings and potential next steps

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Family Heirloom Preservation & Photo Identification

Are you downsizing or have you inherited a family members possessions? Feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to keep, how to keep it and why?  Do you have photos with no names and aren't sure how to date them or pair them to someone in your family tree?

Photo Identification can be challenging. But following a tried and true methodology to determine the 'type' of photograph, the time frame in which it was taken, understanding the clues in the photo such as hair style, dress, poses, accessories, ethnicity, are all critical in determining its origin and who is in the picture.  Mapping the photo to someone in your family tree is very exciting! Especially if you are tracking family characteristics as they have been passed down through DNA, such as jawline, ear lobes, eyes, etc.

Photo identification can also assist  if you are looking to identify a family house, homestead, or place of work.  These photos all tie in to the research of your family tree.  Families leave clues how they lived through census records, vital records, land surveys, court records, immigration records, wills and news articles.  As one collects this information you begin to imagine and see where they lived, how they lived and if they migrated from place to place.  Photos are one piece of this wonderful puzzle.

Heirloom preservation is something people don't typically think of when we discuss genealogy.  However, it is another important piece of the puzzle that provides clues how your ancestors lived.  As baby boomers today are downsizing and preparing their estate plans, they most likely have inherited heirlooms from their parents, grandparents and so on.  How does one best ensure that these important collections and treasures are saved for the future?

This topic is very close to my heart.  When I was a young girl both my grandmothers gave me many heirlooms and artifacts to keep because of my interest in antiques and the stories behind them.  My family ancestors have a deep love for music and performing, cooking, lumbering, farming and working with anything mechanical whether it was a car, airplane, sawmill or tractor.  Our heirlooms include clothes, family bibles, instruments, jewelry, hunting and Adirondack guide paraphernalia, old cooking tools, black smith tools, lumber saws, traps, furniture, scrapbooks, photos, newspaper clippings and the list goes on. 

Over the years I have been documenting our family's heirlooms. Taking a photo and writing a short history of the item that can be published in a book for all members of the family to enjoy is very fulfilling.

In this age of downsizing, it's important to know what is critical to keep, sell, donate or throw-out.  We take inventory of what you have. We use archival materials that are acid-free, lignin-free and buffered. This includes tissue, boxes, tags, brushes, gloves, and pens.