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Diane Richard

Mosaic Research & Project Management

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Over twenty five years experience with U.S., UK, Finland, Canada, Galicia/Poland, late 19th - early 20th century emigrants, and more research -- specialty is geographically scattered or North Carolina families. Based in Raleigh -- lexus of North Carolina and Wake County research. Please check my web-site,, for current information about my research experience, lectures, publications and qualifications.

Service Description:
U.S.-based, internet-savvy, genealogy & family history researcher with over 20 years of experience. Extensive research in the US (coast-to-coast), UK, Finnish and emigration records! For the last four years, performed extensive NC research into the records of about half the counties! Can help you with: * records research and acquisition * ancestral and lineage research * heirs research * digital photographs of documents * digital photographs of cemeteries * research in records of 18th-20th centuries * ethnic research African-American, Native American Details on five specific areas of expertise: 1. North Carolina -- Unique access to the records of North Carolina by living in its capital, Raleigh! I can help you with any records available at the NC State Archives, the State Library of North Carolina, Olivia Raney Collection (Wake County), the Southern Historical Collection and the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Duke University Libraries - Special Collections and any local repositories within 1.5 hours of Raleigh. To date, I have performed research in the records of about half of NC counties (including some obsolete counties). Performed research into ex-slaves, mulatto and white plantation owners, military records, and into all types of records of the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries. 2. Bridging DNA Test Results with Research -- Increased use of DNA testing is adding another tool to the genealogy research arsenal. Increasingly, the research projects that we work on involve obtaining documents to support DNA test results or to bridge the gap from what's known to what the testing suggests as a common ancestor. Remember, DNA test results only have value if substantiated by thorough documentation -- they DO NOT tell you who your ancestors are!!!! 3. Emigrant families who came to the United States between 1880 and 1920 -- I have researched individuals/families from Belarus, Finland, France, Galicia and/or Poland, and the UK. This means I have experiences with records of these countries, emigration ports and passenger records, census records, birth/marriage/death records, cemetery records, directories, citizenship (naturalization) records and more. 4. United States -- besides NC, I have researched the records of at least half of the United States. This means I have experience with census records and the various local records of these states. Please remember that there are "few" records kept on a national level in the US. Most records are kept on a state and/or county level and this various tremendously state-to-state and community to community! So, any project is pretty much a new adventure! 5. England & Wales & Scotland -- I have researched families with connections to at least 15 different UK counties, though with a particular emphasis on England -- Greater Manchester area (including Oldham, Hollinwood, Chadderton, Manchester, Failsworth and area), Wales -- Monmouth & Glamorgan, and Scotland -- Kirkcudbrightshire & Wigtownshire. This means I have experience with census records, civil registration (Birth, marriage, death), directories, church records, tithe & apportionment documents, wills, burials and more.

Academic Degrees:
ME (Engineering) ; MBA (Business)

Research Specialty:
African American ; Emigration & Immigration ; Heir Searcher ; Naturalization

Time Period Specialty:
18th Century ; 19th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
NC ; New England ; Mid-Atlantic ; South ; Midwest ; Northwest ; Chicago ; New York City ; Raleigh ; British Isles ; Finland ; Canada - All

Research Counties:
Chatham County, NC ; Edgecombe County, NC ; Franklin County, NC ; Granville County, NC ; Halifax County, NC ; Johnston County, NC ; Orange County, NC ; Wake County, NC ; Warren County, NC

Service Categories:
Columnist ; Compiler/Indexer ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Photography ; Project Management

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2408 Dunbrook Ct.
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Day Phone:
(919) 231-8137
Evening Phone:
(919) 231-8137
(919) 255-9528
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