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Genealogical Services

What is a "Genealogist"?

Genealogists are people who love history, and doing research.   They love to do research on their own family trees, and the family trees of others who seek out their help.   Currently, there are two primary types of genealogical research - traditional and genetic -- and genealogists worldwide often specialize in one, or the other, or both.  They can also specialize by geographic region or time period.   Montgomery Genealogical Services previously specialized in the traditional form of genealogical research (see below),  nationwide.   But after recently completing a genealogical certification program at Boston University, I have expanded our list of services to include some services associated with genetic genealogy.

  • Traditional:  This type of genealogical research generally focuses on the "paper trail" -- census records, birth records, death records, marriage records, wills, land titles, court papers, city directories, church records, family bibles, and more.  Genealogists in the last 30 years have been blessed with a wealth of these types of records now available online.  But as many as there are, they are still only a fraction of all the documents available to the public to view.  So genealogists often need to leave their computers and venture out to government agencies, archival libraries, regular libraries, family history libraries, and other repositories to find the information they need -- sometimes venturing out-of-state or even out of the country to locate the evidence they need to meet the proof requirements demanded by the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), as outlined in the book,  Genealogy Standards, published by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). 
  • Genetic:  This type of genealogical research is a fairly recent innovation, involving the use of DNA test results to assist in:  
  • checking the accuracy of the ancestral paths that were previously been constructed for a family (are you on the right path?),
  • discovering the migration path your ancestors took from Africa ions ago (haplogroups), and where they settled geographically (your ethnicity),
  • discovering previously unknown cousins,
  • searching for the identity of a missing assailant whose DNA was found at a crime scene,
  • identifying an unknown decedent,
  • finding missing heirs,
  • identifying the remains of military personnel who died in war,
  • finding the biological parents of an adoptee (and vice-versa), 
  • many more uses.
Although "proof" standards specific to the field of genetic genealogy have been published by an ad hoc committee, they continue to evolve.  The original five GPS standards, as well as the additional 90 standards published by the BCG still apply to both types of genealogical research.  NOTE:  Research derived from genetic genealogical methods is not considered "proof" for a genealogical research question, unless it is backed up by traditional documentation. 


Service Packages

Build Your

Family Trees

Montgomery Genealogical Services (MGS) offers a wide variety of traditional (based on a "paper trail") and genetic (DNA) genealogical research and reporting services to build a thorough and proven set of family trees based on your specific research question(s).


As a genealogist with 23 years of both personal and professional experience, I offer clients both online research, off-line research (including travel), and DNA analysis (where applicable) in order to build a proven and thorough picture of your ancestral trees.


The result is one or more professionally-produced ancestral binders detailing the lives of each of the ancestors you requested, including the story of their lives, with facts, photos, sources, and "historical perspectives" (the major events that were happening in the world during their lifetime), all in one or more binders that you can enjoy and pass on to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Assist with Your 

Research

Whether you've been working on your family trees for a few days or for several years, you know how frustrating it can be. Have you encountered a "brick wall" that you simply cannot resolve? Don't feel bad, we've all been there!



Let Montgomery Genealogical Services (MGS) help you break through that "brick wall"! Sometimes it's a case of sloppy enumeration on a census record, or a simple misfiling of an important document, or poor transcription of a hand-written will. Any of these scenarios (and many more) can create a "brick wall' for genealogical research. But I know how to look for the sloppy enumeration, misfiled documents, and poor transcriptions. I can even apply genetic genealogy (DNA) research to the problem, if requested. It's what I do.



Let's get your personal research project back on track!


Commercial/Gov't Assistance

Montgomery Genealogical Services (MGS) is available to assist law enforcement agencies, attorneys, or asset recovery agencies with both genetic (DNA analysis) and traditional research methods for:


  • Identifying family members of missing heirs
  • Identifying family members who may be critical to investigators in identifying unknown offenders involved in cold cases
  • Identifying family members related to unidentified decedents











Service Package Prices

Compare service packages and find the best fit for you.

And remember, a 30-minute consultation session is always FREE.

Family Tree Book(s)

$25

Per Document w/new fact(s)

Minimum $50

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Assist the "Do-It_Yourselfer"

$25

Per Document w/new fact(s)

Minimum $50

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Commercial/Gov't

Consulting or Research

$Call

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based on contract

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What our customers are saying

I want to thank you again for the excellent genealogical research that you did on my behalf. The book that you compiled for me is an excellent family reference, and it was a pleasure working with you!!!

Jim W., Mesa, AZ