“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.
I love the following glimpse into Grand Rapids' past. Taken at 9:30 according to the tower clock in the background it is a northwestern look down Monroe Center toward the Pantlind Hotel. The photo is now in the public domain. It was taken by the Detroit Publishing...
Betty Jane DeYoung 1921-2009 Mystery Photo that Pauline carried with her for many years. Why? 9 September 1921 On the 9th day of September 1921, my paternal grandmother Betty Jane was born to Pauline Mastbergen. Betty took the surname of her mother due to her being...
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....