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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do I get started?

A: First, you need to tell me what you know about your family history. We all cherish and enjoy the accounts of family memories handed down through generations - but are they accurate? Is there a thread of truth running through your family's traditions but no real record or research provided? When you contact me, you receive the personalized care and service your family's heritage deserves.

Q: How much family history can you find?

A: Before we can discuss family stories and history, we need to be sure we have the evidence and proof necessary to support the stories and personal history so often remembered and quoted throughout a family’s lineage. Do you have facts but no written record to give to your mother, your father, or to pass on to your children? The success from researching, compiling, and verifying a person’s lineage is dependent on many issues – some of which include access to records, and the city, state, and country your ancestors are from. Whether I am able to research, document, and confirm your family’s heritage depends on many factors that are unknown at the time you contract with me for genealogical services until research can begin.

Q: Are you an accredited genealogist?

A: Following the guidelines of the National Genealogical Society and adhering to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and beginning with the information you have provided me, I research newspaper accounts, census records, obituaries, newspaper articles, military records, immigrant databases, and documented records and information from state and local agencies to gather evidence and information about your family's past. I am a member of the National Genealogical Society and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I have years of experience researching family trees and have attended both local and national conferences that provide course work and lectures on genealogy. I am working toward becoming a Certified Genealogist.

Q: What documents do I need to provide?

A: What documents do you currently have that verify the facts of the individuals of your lineage? Here's a beginning checklist of useful documents: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, military records, photographs, church records, citizenship papers, bible records, correspondence. Click on the link provided to get a more complete list of other items that may spark you in your search for documents. Remember the more you can provide me to get started, the better results can be obtained.

 Click here for the Resources Checklist

Q: How do I order services?

A: You can order services by contacting me at 4Descendants@cox.net. After we have discussed what you desire to learn about your family lineage, I will send a service contract for you to read and sign. This contract will ensure how I proceed with the services you have ordered. Click here to send an email. Please include your full name, phone number and the best time to reach you.

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