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...