Where is research conducted?
Research is conducted through the mail, on line and in local archives: Connecticut State Archives, Godfrey Memorial Library, New Haven Museum and Historical Society, New York City Municipal Archives, New York Public Library as well as various Connecticut Town Halls which hold birth, marriage and death records as well as other town records. If the research path leads to archives that are not local, subcontracted genealogists can be used.
What types of records are utilized?
Federal census, state census, birth, marriage, death, probate, land records, military records, immigrations records, newspapers, city directories and church records are typical sources consulted. Research is limited to the United States.
How long does it take?
Genealogy research can take a few months. Although some records are on line, a significant amount of research is done through contacting various repositories and making requests. Response time varies. Therefore, if you purchase a twenty hour block of time, those twenty hours might be spread over two or three months. If your project has a specific due date, please let us know.
How much do you charge?
Research is billed by the hour and billable time includes review of information supplied by the client, travel, research, analysis of findings and report preparation. Clients typically purchase blocks of time: five, ten or twenty hours. The client shall reimburse all expenses incurred as a result of this research, including costs for vital records, microfilm rentals, photocopies, postage, mileage at IRS standard mileage rate, parking, fees charged by repositories, subcontractors and other necessary expenses. For more information, please contact Greenwich Genealogy.
What if my family is not from Connecticut?
Not a problem. Shannon regularly researches families outside of Connecticut. Most projects involve research in multiple states. Research is limited to the United States.
What is the process?
Based on an initial interview to explore what the client already knows about their ancestors, Shannon will research your family history, analyze sources and present her findings.