Discovering your family's story

Census records are the heart of my research.  U.S. census records are online for 1790 to 1940.  Some census records are also available for England and Canada, and in some cases, state census records are available.  [Click here to request that I send you a free census record for your own ancestors.]  Here are sample U.S. census records from 1850 to 1940.

Besides census records, I may find the following:

  • Biographies from old local histories
  • City Directory listings
  • Naturalization (citizenship) index cards
  • S.A.R./D.A.R. application forms
  • Marriage licenses
  • Birth records
  • Death records
  • WWI and WWII draft cards
  • County/township land ownership maps
  • Obituaries
  • Immigrant passenger lists
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Photos of buildings
  • Photos of immigrant ships
  • Headstone photographs
  • Veteran's headstone applications
  • Civil war draft lists
  • Civil war pension index cards

Here are some samples of other kinds of documents I may find for your ancestors, below:

 I may create Word documents of such things as:​

  • Transcribed information from birth, marriage, or death records/indexes, if the actual record is not available online (sample)
  • The text of obituaries from online memorial sites or other sources
  • Lists of family members buried at a particular cemetery (sample)
  • Information on the immigrant ship on which your ancestors came (sample)
  • A report on your ancestor’s country or region of origin, such as Alsace-Lorraine, Sweden, or Bavaria (sample), or a report on a particular town or village in Europe where your ancestor was born (sample)
  • A report on a special topic that relates to your ancestor, such as freemasonry, or a coal mining fatality list which included your ancestor (sample)
  • A report on the unit in which your Civil War ancestor served (sample)


In addition, I print out a timeline with notes for each person researched.

Photos or documents supplied by the client are included in the binder if possible.

Section 9 or 10 of the binder contains blank census record sheets for the various census years, blank WWI draft cards, and other helps.  I also include various maps as needed.

The back cover of the binder contains a pedigree chart.

Sample Binder Pages