Michigan Genealogy

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Dismantling Brick Walls Since 2009

“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

Why Hire our Genetic Genealogist?

DNA Doesn't Lie

A simple DNA test, either the swab of your cheek or a saliva sample, is able to reveal the answers to many genealogical mysteries – what we call “brick walls”.  This goes way beyond typical genealogy as facts can be altered or hidden – something that can’t be done with DNA.  

Lower Overhead - Lower Cost

Because we are a smaller firm we don’t have to charge the massive fees of our competitors.  We pass this cost savings on to you.  This doesn’t mean we lack in quality.  

Access to Offline Records

There are numerous record sets that are not published anywhere online.  These are accessible exclusively at Michigan courthouses, archives, libraries, and other places.  

High Quality Research Strategies

We put together a well thought out research strategy for each client objective we contract taking into account all the prior research already conducted so as to avoid expensive overlaps.

How fortunate that we located Genealogist Jay Kruizenga!  Long ago we hit the amateur researcher’s “brick wall”.  We had performed on-line searches in the Grand Rapids area for historical & genealogical societies, churches, cemeteries, county clerk offices, and more.

Jay responded promptly to my email inquiry.  We reviewed a sample work contract and knew this was the way to go to learn more.  And we are thrilled with the results!

Jay is detailed in communication back and forth.  He knows where and how to dig deeply for a variety of information about our relatives.  Additionally, Jay provided local and national history of that era – that is when our people became real.”

Jim & Diane Stittgen of Alaska

Dating An Early Grand Rapids Photo

Dating An Early Grand Rapids Photo

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...

How to Locate Michigan Adoption Records

How to Locate Michigan Adoption Records

Michigan Law allows you, the adoptee seeking his/her birth record, or the direct descendant of such an adoptee, to request and receive information pertaining to that adoption. My Adoption Story What do you do as a family historian when you come across an adoption or...

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