Research Services

Research Planning

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Record Lookups

I travel frequently and am often in Atlanta, Ga; Pensacola, Fl and spend several months each spring in the Outer Banks. Contact me now to schedule your lookups!

The rates below do not include possible fees for parking, copying, repository access, etc. You will not usually be charged mileage if it is a repository or town I typically visit. We will discuss your record needs and my availability and come to an agreement prior to any work or fees charged. First time clients will pay a 50% retainer. The below items can be bundled if you have several lookups in the same geographic area. Contact me for details.

Repository Items (archives, genealogy libraries, societies, history libraries, etc)

  • $15 – Document retrieval only. You have the page number, volume/issue, repository call number and repository information and simply need a scanned image of up to 5 pages of content with citation details (cover/copyright page/etc). I will send digitally in .pdf or image format as requested. Usually within one week if I am already in the geographic area.
  • $25 – Document retrieval which requires me to find the item based on incomplete citation information (you are missing call number and/or volume/issue number but have enough to lead me to the item through on-site database lookup). Also documents which require special handling , are more than 5 pages, or require expedited return or special formatting. Usually within one week if I am already in the geographic area.
  • $50/hour/person – Repository treasure hunting. You have done no prior research to discover what the repository has on hand, but have a target person or persons you wish for me to gather available resources on. I will use onsite databases to discover what is available and will send you a complete list of results and digital images of the relevant content, as well as necessary information for your citations. Additional persons or family groups require further negotiation.

Vital and other “community” records

Retrieving vital records, cemetery ownership files or tombstone images, tax records etc can be more involved and more time consuming. I am happy to offer these services for areas I travel frequently or will be staying for some time. The rates are generally $40/hour but may vary depending on your needs, prior research, and my proximity to the location.

Lectures and Presentations

Contact me today to schedule a presentation for your next meeting or conference. I have extensive experience with public speaking and adult learning and also a strong passion for helping others succeed – so sharing my genealogy experiences, tips, and anecdotes is a joy for me. Below are a few of the current topics available and most can be tailored to your time allotment and agenda. Speaker Fees are negotiable.


  • Maritime Ghosts: An overview of the US Lifesaving Service. Prior to 1915, our coastal waters were patrolled day and night by volunteers who risked their lives to save stranded and shipwrecked sailors. Learn more about this forgotten piece of our maritime past.
  • 65 yards in the Breeches Buoy: the drills and practices of the US Lifesaving Surfmen. An in depth look at a Surfman’s week to learn more about the techniques and practices they used to rescue shipwrecked sailors.
  • Vital information hidden in NARA RG 26. An overview of the types of information found in the original records archived within record group 26 of the National Archives.
  • Gee Thanks, Aunt Connie! – What to do with the file drawers full of research. An overview of a genealogy do-over. Whether you inherited the files or created them yourself, get tips on what’s useful and how to condense and preserve.
  • What about now? Do your descendants the favor yours didn’t do for you! It’s great to prove your kinship back to Scottish Jacobites, but will your descendants know your favorite band from high school?
  • Planning a research trip to the Pensacola, FL Genealogy Library