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Meredith Hoffman

GenerationsWeb: Genealogy research, writing, education, & publishing

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Biography:
I've been doing genealogy research for nearly twenty years and helping others with their research for more than five years. My focus is general research in the 19th and 20th centuries, including immigrant records. I specialize in researching Jewish immigrant ancestors and particularly enjoy solving difficult Jewish name problems. My first career as a researcher and instructor in Linguistics has given me skills that help me track and work through the sometimes thorny problem of Jewish ancestral family and place names as they morphed through time and space.

I can find family history records for you, including census records, naturalization papers and passenger manifests; wills and deeds; birth, marriage and death certificates; and military records. I can trace your family presence in city directories and newspapers, and in many cases back to census and other records in "the old country," including Poland, Russia, Austria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus.

I work at libraries, archives, and courthouses in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and all New York boroughs, but can find records for you nationwide, in Canada and the UK. I've recently researched records in Pittsburgh, Florida, Mobile, Montreal and Liverpool.

I can publish your family history--as a book, on DVD, and/or a website--using your written reports, charts, and stories; working with you to edit your stories; or taking your information and writing from scratch; and including family photos and documents, family history records, and maps. I work in Photoshop to restore family photos.

For a formal genealogical family history report, we'll start with what you already know about your family and work from the most recent and known information back to the less recent and unknown.

I've been a volunteer at the New England branch of NARA in Waltham, MA, and I'm the volunteer coordinator, editor, web designer, and lead writer for the Success! Stories webzine at JewishGen.org (www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials).

Service Description:
Genealogical records research and retrieval, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and all New York boroughs

Trace your family presence in city directories and newspapers, and in many cases back to census and other records in "the old country," including Poland, Russia, Austria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus

Family history research & stories

Jewish immigrants and difficult names searches a specialty

Family history websites & DVDs

Professionally written & published family histories

I work at libraries, archives, and courthouses in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and all New York boroughs, but can find records for you nationwide, in Canada and the UK. Kinds of records I can search for you include:

U.S. census, UK census, Canadian census

Passenger lists & immigration records: all ports of entry

Naturalization records (First Papers, Declarations)

Birth, marriage, death certificates

Local newspaper births, marriages, and obituaries

City directory searches

Deeds and wills

Professional high-resolution scanning of family photographs; digital photo restoration of scanned photos

Photo slideshows on DVD & online and digital scrapbooks

Academic Degrees:
B.A. (Linguistics) ; M.A. (Linguistics) ; C.Phil. (Linguistics)

Professional Learning
Certificates:
BU Certificate in Gen. Research


Research Specialty:
Emigration & Immigration ; Federal Records ; Holocaust ; Jewish ; Migration ; Naturalization ; Court Records

Time Period Specialty:
19th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
CT ; MA ; RI ; Boston ; New York City ; Quebec ; Belarus ; Lithuania ; Eastern Europe

Service Categories:
Editor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Publisher ; Web Designer ; Author/Writer

Languages:
French, read Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish, Russian, German

Accepts Clients:
Yes

City:
Plymouth
State:
MA
Postal Code:
02360
Day Phone:
(508) 341-4662
Fax:
(888) 843-8953
Email:
Web Site:
www.generationsweb.com


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