Genealogist Services


Genealogy research from my perspective is more than names and dates.  There is a story that unfolds as you learn more about your ancestors.  Bringing in the history of the time enables us to better appreciate what life was like for them.  Why did they settle where they did?  How did they get there?  What was daily life like for them?  What historical events impacted their lives?  What was happening in the world around them?

SM_ChartII can provide as little or as much research as you desire.  A Research Project will normally uncover something about your ancestors and can also raise more questions the more you learn.

My standard fee for research is $15 per hour, with an initial $30 non-refundable retainer.

The retainer fee will allow me to conduct an initial review of information you have provided, determine the feasibility of your request, identify the starting path of ancestors for discovery, and establish a plan of action.  We will review this plan of action and setup a project defined to proceed with research with your goals in mind.  I will provide a summary of this activity for you to determine whether to move forward or not.  Contact me with your questions.

What you can expect

At the end of a defined project I will provide information describing what was learned along with recommendations for further research as appropriate for the desired results.

  • The Family Tree, or Pedigree Chart, presents results in the recognizable image and summarizes your information.
  • A written report of the results with other historical observations.
  • Copies of digital images such as Census Records that are discovered during the process may be provided, as permissible by copyright restrictions.
  • A GEDCOM file which is used in Genealogy Software programs may also be provided.



There is no guarantee that any amount of research will discover the results you seek.   A professional effort will be made to find information that you are requesting.

“A professional should make no guarantee about finding the information you seek, and cannot predict the time it will take to prove relationships or discover details you need.   It is important to remember that you will be paying the professional for his or her time and expertise.”   – Association of Professional Genealogists