“Before I became acquainted with Jay I hired the “Pro” genealogists to try to break through my other brick wall (whose claim to fame is working on the genealogy shows). I cannot say enough about how different my experience was. Jay’s work, both with his personal communication and documentation skills, as well as research skills far exceeded these other genealogists by a long distance…”Kathleen Powell of Texas
My Specialties & Fees
I have made my fee structure affordable. While some “pros” charge in excess of $1500, my base fee is only $50 an hour. I work in blocks of 10 hours. So for $500 you get both my experience and dedication to your unique brick wall problem for 1/3 the price over my competitors.
My specialties include:
- Michigan Genealogy
- Dutch Genealogy
- Civil War (Lincoln’s War) Research
- Early Grand Rapids History
My genealogy experience doesn’t end there. I have researched around the globe for my clients: brought one family from Michigan, to Illinois, to Vermont and Canada; another into Canada and back to France; others back to the Netherlands and Scotland.
The 1890 Federal Census was destroyed by a 1921 fire at the United States Commerce Department in Washington D.C. What was not incinerated was flooded with the water used to extinguish the fire. A plethora of irreplaceable genealogical information was lost that day....
The short-lived Grand Rapids Morning Telegram was founded 30 September 1884 as a Republican Daily (liberal). No Sundays. The paper was sold April 1886 and merged with Brezee’s Grand Rapids Herald to form the Telegram-Herald. It was one of the first papers to...
When searching for your ancestor’s immigration record the key year to remember is 1906. Prior to 1906 the information contained on a naturalization document was limited to the country of origin and perhaps the date of arrival. Not much else. Post 1906 you will find...