To consistently ensure quality work for all clients, I adhere to "The Genealogical Proof Standard" (GPS) as defined in Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition (2014). Created by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, it is the definitive guide detailing the conduct professional genealogy researchers use today.
Initial Consultation (FREE).
Please fill out and submit the Research Request Form. This will allow me to get a feel for the type of project you are requesting.
At this point it is important that I am informed of any previous research relative to your project, whether conducted by you or someone else. This way, I will not repeat the research.
Based on your request form, I will suggest a focused avenue of research that I believe best describes what you want to discover.
Once the type and cost of the research has been agreed upon, a contract will be issued describing all aspects of our agreement.
Research Begins (Adhering to the GPS).
I will conduct a "reasonably exhaustive" search of a wide variety of quality sources relevant to your research question, based on the amount of time allotted to me.
Citing Research Sources.
All sources I use during research will be cited fully and accurately, allowing you to duplicate my steps in locating these sources.
Analysis of Information.
All information I have gathered will be analyzed and any conflicting evidence will be resolved.
Final Report and Suggestions.
I will prepare a professional, well-written report of my findings you can be proud to share with family and friends. I will explain in detail how I reached my conclusions, and offer suggestions for further research that you, or other family members, may be interested in pursuing.
Submit a Research Request Form on the Get Started page. (For more information read "Research Method" to the left.)
Genealogical research, analysis and reporting in cases with legal implications--CAFG
Probate / estate projects
Kinship determination and heir searching
Oil, gas, and mineral rights projects
Includes research about ancestral relationships, identifying individuals and examining their lives in historical context, determining kinship, and the like.
Organization of Your Past Research
Sometimes we need a pair of fresh eyes to examine the work we have done in an impartial manner. Many answers to our genealogical questions are hidden in the work we have already completed.
I can review sources used in previous research, determine their quality, and make suggestions for further research; provide accurate source citations for records used in your research (suitable for publishing); create a GEDCOM file (Genealogical Data Communication) from your family tree that is usable in all popular genealogy programs; and more.
Lineage Society Applications
As a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, I offer discounted pricing to first time applicants to the SAR and DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), who are applying in Wisconsin or Minnesota.
Research pricing for current members of the SAR, DAR, and all other lineage societies is at a separate reduced rate.