Unearth your history.
You need a jump start doing your own genealogy — you want to DIY, but you don’t know where to begin. Or you’ve hit a wall in your research — the paper trail seems to end with your great-grandfather and you don’t know where to look next. The Quickie is a one-hour, one-time or as-needed consultation with Family Archeologies’ researcher, Eva. Eva will work one-on-one with you to identify the tools, resources, and research strategies you can use to trace your family back through time. Also provided is a helpful resource guide, individually tailored to your particular questions, interests, and skills.
You want to know where in Germany your great-great-grandparents came from, or whether you can trace your ancestry back to enslavement and who they were enslaved by, or whether you have distant cousins in an Irish village somewhere, or whether you’re really a descendant of Sacagawea. Maybe you’ve done some digging yourself, maybe you haven’t - but you want a professional researcher to help you fill out your family tree. Query provides you with a thoroughly researched answer to your own genealogical research question, drawing from both online and physical repositories and collections.
You are deeply curious about your family’s past, and what it means to you in your life today — your connection to land, your sense of purpose, your relationships with your living family members, your racial, cultural, and political identities. You are trying to come to terms with legacies of loss and assimilation or are looking for histories of strength and endurance to draw from. Quest is a genealogical journey undertaken together with your researcher, involving research shaped by one-on-one sessions with Eva to identify ancestral themes you are drawn to explore. Quest works best as an ongoing service.
$40 / hr
Do you want to give your grandmother a framed family tree for her birthday? Did you inherit family photos, papers, or memorabilia and want help sorting, digitizing, identifying, or publishing? Do you want help writing a family history or memoir, gathering a family oral history, or putting together a project to share with your whole family? Use the contact form or send an email with anything you have in mind and we can together decide on a service, budget, and timeframe that works for you.
Many people want to give their children names that are personally meaningful, that reflect their families and culture, and that are unique and fitting. Family Archeologies will research the ancestry of all parents, cull a selection of names according to your taste, and do in-depth research on individuals whose names resonate most deeply with you. Optional add-ons include a framed family tree highlighting the links to the ancestors sharing your baby’s names, and/or a baby name album with photos, images, and narratives about the baby’s namesakes. Baby naming starts at $250.
“ This report is wonderful! I had no idea so much could be uncovered. I can’t believe you could even tell me where my great-grandfather worked in 1880. It’s quite fun to see the original marriage records and whatnot. I’m very impressed, lots of questions answered.”
“Who knew our ancestors left such a thick paper trail. I knew literally nothing about my family and within a few hours you told me more than I thought I would *ever* know. I told my grandmother that you found Freddie Mack and she turned white as a sheet! No wonder I never knew anything. I can’t wait to see what else you dig up.”
“Wow, this is so fascinating. Just unbelievable. I wonder what [the family's] relationship to race was at the time. Like, I know Italians were not considered white, but they must have struggled with [my great-grandfather's] marriage anyway. Was interracial marriage even legal in 1914? It’s strange how my family totally covered it up. Even my dad says he never knew that his grandmother was actually Puerto Rican!! What else can you tell me? Are you SURE??” [Yes, I'm sure!]”
“Thank you for your very detailed, very prompt report. Amazing to see all the original documents and your research is very easy to follow and understand, and very thorough. I’m very satisfied. It was a true pleasure working with you.”