Who wants their chart done? Family tree pedigree chart, that is?
If you think pedigrees are just for royalty, dogs, and horses, think again! Genealogy makes history personal for everyone. And a family tree makes a great gift for a loved one…or for yourself!
There’s no such thing as a bad time to get interested (or re-interested) in your family history. Some may say funerals, but I say any time the family gathers is is a good time to find out more about your family, or to share what you’ve learned. Meanwhile, there are some definite great times to give the gift of an organized family tree:
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
I just finished a 4-generation pedigree chart (up to the 8 great-grandparents level) for a client. I sent her a bunch of supporting documents to print out and put into a Family History Binder, along with some family photos, using the chart as the binder cover, for her Dad’s birthday. Here’s what she and others have had to say:
Thank you so much for all your hard work, this information you have put together is so fascinating!! I have really enjoyed sharing it with my parents! — K.Z.
I’m so glad Hazel did my family tree – you should get her to do yours! — J.B.
Oooh! This is interesting! Thanks for finding my grandparents’ marriage license and helping to solve our family mystery. — J.N.
Here’s how it works:
1. Contact me (or schedule a call) to discuss your project. Is it for you, a family member, a friend? Do you have an upcoming special occasion? (Please allow plenty of time.) What do you already know about your family? Are there any stories you’d like to prove or disprove? What else are you curious about?
2. I will email you an Org4life Genealogy Client Agreement which discusses what you can expect of me in terms of Scope of Work and Deliverables. It also describes the ways in which I will ask for your Insight, Patience, and Understanding.
3. I will also send Family Group Sheets for you to fill out as best you can. I do need some information to get me started. Once you return them to me I will use internet subscription tools such as Ancestry.com (and many other online resources) to find documents pertaining to your family. To these resources I will add 20+ years of old-school (and modern) genealogy research experience to help me assemble the puzzle pieces I find and help you tell the story of your family.
4. All genealogy clients will receive a report with the following sections:
- Summary cover letter
- Notes Specific to Your Project
- Next Steps & Resources
- If you have an Ancestry account (or want one)
- About Census Records
- About Misspelled Names, Conflicting Dates & Locations
- About the Women in Your Family
- Instructions for Creating a Family History Binder
- Attached Records (the documents that support my findings)
5. Once you’ve assembled your Family History Binder, you can add your own photos and stories and grow the binder contents as you desire. (For an additional fee, if you prefer, and if there’s time, I can assemble it for you and deliver or mail it to you.)
6. Enjoy and share with your family! (Or, give as a gift.)
This blog post describes some sample “projects”.
The current cost of a “project” is $300.
Gift certificates and coaching are also available.
See my Family History Research Services page to learn more.
Want to do it yourself? This blog post will help you figure out whether you are up to doing your own genealogy research. I can teach you how. This is absolutely something I can help you with virtually (remotely)! (Read Why Virtual Organizing? to see if it’s for you.)
If you are the family genealogist, I can help you organize your research and materials. Read FAQ for more ideas and info.
Are you curious about your own family history?
Already an amateur (or professional) genealogist?
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