“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.
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