Family History ServicesLet us help you tell your family’s story
Do you need help finding your Vermont ancestors? We provide documentation of your family lines using a combination of online and local resources to establish links between generations and learn the story of your ancestors’ lives. Local repositories include the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, the Vermont Genealogical Library in Colchester, the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, and at local courthouses and Town Clerk’s offices. Documents from distant localities are obtained through Stone House Research’s international network of associate researchers or through microfilm rental.
Do you want to learn more about your Irish ancestors? Because of extensive record loss, Irish research is challenging. Fortunately, many unique and interesting records do survive, making Irish research rewarding as well. The surviving records vary greatly from location to location, and include taxation and valuation records, deeds, early census fragments and later census enumerations, parish records, and more. Some records, such as landowners’ estate documents, can only be accessed in Ireland. A client-research trip is in the planning stages. If you have Irish ancestors, please contact us to discuss adding your research to the next trip!
What is the first step?
Contact Cathi to discuss what you know about your ancestors, and what you would like to know. We will agree on a research goal and a maximum number of hours for the first phase of the research. This will place your project on our waiting list. When we are ready to begin, you will be asked to pay a 50% retainer.
What will I receive?
Research projects result in a fully-documented digital research report with a detailed analysis of findings, recommendations for the next steps in your research, and copies of source-cited documents.
How much time will it take?
Difficult problems take time to research. In-depth research projects are completed in segments of at least ten to twenty hours. “Brick wall” cases require a minimum authorization of 20 hours in order to adequately review your research and begin to assemble evidence. While one always hopes to find a document (or two or three!) that specifies a relationship, our ancestors didn’t always leave these behind. Often we need to analyze and correlate bits of indirect evidence to make a convincing argument for these relationships. These cases are much like completing a jigsaw puzzle – one needs to gather enough pieces of the puzzle on the table before a picture begins to emerge. Of course, if any project is completed in less time than authorized, you are only billed for the actual time used.
What if I only need a document or two?
Perhaps you need a search for a specified type of record, such as a copy of a Vermont death register, deed, or probate file. Or maybe you need a search for an obituary or a copy of something you found in the online catalog for the Vermont Historical Society. We are happy to retrieve these types of specific documents for you. We can also make a trip to a Vermont Town Clerk’s office or local courthouse. Let us know what you need!