Putting it all together
In sifting through what you know, identifying facts from family myths, establishing what you need to learn and validating it all with good source citations, your journey really can be lots easier if you have someone with the knowledge and expertise to research and resolve these questions and unknowns.
Your researcher can’t just know how to use online sources. We are located in the Washington, DC area and have access to records and resources at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the DAR Library as well as other nationally renowned repositories within a short train ride. We’re a short distance from the National Genealogical Society’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and participate in their national conferences, online coursework, and published resources. We can also access microfilm and other records from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City from their FHL Center in suburban Maryland.
Creating the Materials for Future Generations
We can easily create booklets of information and data with charts, photos and text that will bring your family's story to life for future generations. These can be your family photos, and scans of documents we find as well as maps and reproductions of publicly available resources – like census pages, birth and death record and background data about their countries of origin – as well as timelines and migration maps.
Perhaps once you have names, dates and places for ancestors, you'd like to tell your family's story through a long-cherished family recipe. Or perhaps an illustrated calendar with dates and locations for births, deaths and marriages along with maps and pictures of the ancestral villages of people in your past. Once a family history is created, clients ask us to create Ancestor Cards for their children and grandchildren to use as a game to become more familiar with their origins.
Our passion about genealogy is that unless these ancestors become real to future generations, our work becomes another book on your shelf. For the information we find to become relevant, we need to brainstorm with you creative ways to make these wonderful people real to their great-great-great grandchildren.