RESEARCH

FEES: $60 per hour for research and expenses (mileage: $.555/mile, parking fees, photocopies, phone calls, postage)
  • Original and compiled records
  • Online searches
  • Other agreed upon searches
  • On-site research at area repositories including Maine Historical Society, Maine and New Hampshire state archives, and NEHGS, Boston.

After consultation on client goals and research needs, a mutually agreed upon research plan, time frame and payment plan is established. This is incorporated into a letter of agreement. Upon completion of the assignment, a fully documented written research report is prepared. Included in that report is a summary of results of all records searched. A photocopy or abstract of all records found will be provided. To avoid duplication of efforts, before any research begins, it is the responsibility of the client to provide GEN-NECTIONS with all information or research they possess. The code of ethics authorized by the Association of Professional Genealogists is adhered to at all times.

 

INSTRUCTION & LECTURING

FEES: $75 - $150 per hour 
AN ANCESTRY FOR ROBERT WALKER  of Rockingham Co. N.C. and Orange County IND.

Robert Walker vanished without a trace in 1829.   Generations of his descendants  tried   unsuccessfully to discover his Walker ancestry.  Research in ten counties of five states, DNA   testing, and legal proceedings around a deed his father failed to execute resulted in the creation of a proof argument identifying  Robert’s Walker ancestry

EXPANDING YOUR VIEWS: KNOWING YOUR RESEARCH LOCALES      

As we search for our ancestors and their stories, a basic tenet of genealogical research is to familiarize ourselves with our research locale.  Research requiring a reasonably exhaustive search may lead to several different locales. This lecture explains a process to follow when faced with new research locales. 

CONFRONTING CONFLICTING EVIDENCE

In genealogical research it is almost a given that conflicting evidence will be encountered.  This lecture examines ways to analyze and resolve such evidence.  Conflicts may be apparent and easy to reconcile, may not appear until writing up the research, may be difficult to reconcile and require a proof summary, or may not be possible to reconcile. 

USING BIBLES in GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Family bibles have been part of the domestic/spiritual landscape for centuries.  Just because an event is recorded in a family bible doesn't mean it's the gospel truth.  Learn how to locate family bibles and evaluate and analyze bible entries.

FINDING THOMAS'S FATHER: An 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study

Thomas Stone left few records when he died in 1791 in Prince William County Virginia.  No document or reference names his parentage.  Finding Thomas's father took thirty years.  Using indirect evidence and helped by technological advances, Thomas's father has been found.  This lecture demonstrates the process of creating a proof argument to identify Thomas's father 

GRANDMA'S TREASURE CHEST: Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts

'Attic Archeology' is an integral part of genealogical research. This lecture examines ways to research and evaluate such family treasures as jewelry, photos, bibles, letters, textiles, silverware, and musical instruments. Topics to be discussed include how to describe objects, identify sources to learn about the objects, how to assess information found, explore stories objects may tell, and how to cite the artifacts.

DIVORCE RECORDS IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Divorce was alive and thriving throughout the nineteenth century. This lecture addresses the history of divorce in the United States and focuses on where to find these records and the information contained in them.

FINDING FAMILY INFORMATION IN SCHOOL RECORDS

Are you looking for a new pathway to finding a way through a brick wall? School records may provide information not found in other extant records as well as insight into the educational lives of our ancestors.  This lecture examines types of information in 19th - early 20th century school records and how to locate them. 

GRANDMA'S OBITUARY BOX: The Use of Obituaries in  Genealogical Research and Their Role in American Culture

Obituaries are a basic genealogical research tool that helps us document our ancestors and bring those ancestors to life. This lecture examines the types of information and clues found in obituaries as well as where and how to locate them. A look at the role of obituaries in American culture through the past 3 centuries will show what values were important to our ancestors and help us get to know them better. 

TELLING THE TALES: Writing The Family Narrative

You've done the research. Now it is time to write and share it with others. This lecture looks at elements of writing your family narrative and placing your ancestors within the context of their historical era, society and geographic place.

SEARCHING FOR FAMILY TREASURES IN MAINE — SOURCES FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN VACATIONLAND

A basic tenet of genealogical research is to familiarize yourself with your research locale. This lecture will explain the steps in getting to know your research locale and then examine the different resources available for researching your Maine ancestors.

BEGINNING GENEALOGY

A multi part offering will lead participants step by step through the many sources available for uncovering one's roots. From attic archeology to public records to the publishing field to the Internet begin a quest that never ends.