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I am a professional genealogist... ask ME anything! UPDATE 2

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post
Never done one of these posts before.

But, exactly what the title says. I am a genealogist, and I've been certified as a professional since 2006. I started my own business in 2009, and have been taking genealogy clients full time from home since March 2011.

(For those of you that don't know, a genealogist is a family historian and researcher. Most people do their own research online using specific web sites. I just happen to do work for other people and make a good living that way.)

And, anon for good measure :)

Though, I'm sure it isn't difficult to figure out who I am if you've seen me in other groups.

**UPDATE**
I just noticed that someone has found this post, and more questions have been added. I just had a baby and am still recovering from the c-section, so I may be slow in getting to your questions, but I promise I will get to all of them as soon as I can!


**UPDATE 2- 3/6/2013**
There are so many replies now, that it's difficult for everyone to read through them all. I will answer some of the common questions here, to help out.

1. I am NOT a gynecologist! I do not examine lady parts from my home lol

2. My fee schedule is on page 3. It's pretty universal, but some of it is negotiable.

3. I try to avoid finding living relatives, because sometimes they don't want to be found, and things can get messy. I have had many more negative reactions with the living than positive ones, but sometimes have huge success. It's a risk I try to avoid when I can.

4. I specialize in the mid-Atlantic states, but have done research in many states and countries.

5. I do a lot of volunteer work because of my love for what I do. I very much enjoy your questions and requests, so keep them coming! I will continue to help everyone that I can.
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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SwtSnowflake2
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM
Can you PM me your info? My dad might want to use your services about Someone from NY. (Not living).
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Mizuagi
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM
My fathers last name is Pasillas and Carrillo. My mother's is Talamante and Acuna. I grew up in Phoenix. I know both my parents had family that grew up in Yuma.

Quoting Anonymous:

We live in Pennsylvania, but he has his parents and cousins running around down there, gathering records. We both grew up in Yuma, Brawley, and El Centro. What are your surnames? I wonder if you have any relation to him?



Quoting Mizuagi:

That is weird! haha. Same thing for my parents.. and they grew up in San Luis and married there.


So, do I have to be there to find any info then?






Quoting Anonymous:

You're kidding! I think you and he may be related. His father's family is from Zacatecas, and his mom's family is from Sonora, Hermosillo, and San Luis.







There is a lot that you won't be able to do unless you're in the area. The records are being input into family search, but it's going very slowly.







Quoting Mizuagi:

My father was born in Zacatecas and my mother in Baja California. My mothers mom was born in Hermosillo and that is as far as I know.




How did your husband begin his research? I would just love to find out more on my family. It's something my brother and I have always wanted to do and have tried a few time but haven't gotten far.










Quoting Anonymous:

Oh, Mexico has lots available, depending on the area. (There was a lot lousy in the revolution, though) My husband is a first generation American. Both of his parents were born in Mexico, and he's done lots of research there. What part of Mexico are your family from?
Quoting Mizuagi:

 That's so awesome. What made you go into this line of work?


I've tried doing the ancestry.com thing before and pretty much have gotten nowhere. My parents were both born in Mexico- would there be any sort of "records" trying to trace my family back or is it only for families that have been living here in the U.S. for centuries?

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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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Pmd you

Quoting SwtSnowflake2:

Can you PM me your info? My dad might want to use your services about Someone from NY. (Not living).
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM
Whoa. I believe it happens more often than people would like to think. What types of records are we talking about?

Quoting Anonymous:

how would you go about getting documentation for something when the goverment entity tells you that it doesnt exist, or was lost in a fire?  ... even though you know it does because you have personally seen it, after the fire that supposedly destroyed it?

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

specifically a marriage certificate and a birth certificate from the early 1800s

Quoting Anonymous:

Whoa. I believe it happens more often than people would like to think. What types of records are we talking about?

Quoting Anonymous:

how would you go about getting documentation for something when the goverment entity tells you that it doesnt exist, or was lost in a fire?  ... even though you know it does because you have personally seen it, after the fire that supposedly destroyed it?


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