The first question should be “Why hire a professional?”
Then, “Why hire Old Bones Genealogy of New England?”
Let’s begin by stating a fact that should burst a modern myth: It’s not all on the internet!! Certainly in the 21st century, with the advent and phenomenal growth of powerhouse search engines such as Ancestry.com, the world of genealogical research took a giant leap forward.
Other services with gargantuan data bases include that of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch, Mocavo or MyHeritage. Even as you read this, there are thousands of individuals working diligently to add data bases to these and other research sites. Once uploaded, the data bases must be indexed to make them easily searchable. It’s a huge undertaking. The past several months has seen a great shifting in the boundaries of who has what and how it’s shared. Due to partnering or collaboration agreements, you practically need a score card! To complicate matters, many of these sites are fee based or have free basic “memberships” that must be upgraded to fee paid memberships to get to “the good stuff!”
But what about the dusty shelves inhabited by centuries of deeds, wills, probate records, pension files, unpublished family genealogies, innumerable files of businesses large and small, all of which contain nuggets of information which, when stitched together can reveal remarkable and not-so-remarkable family stories. Reading your great-grandparents’ names on a census record is rewarding to many people. But where did they come from; how did they make a living; how many children did they have that survived; did they own property; where they employed or did they have their own business; military service….. And the list goes on and on. When is enough enough?
Professional genealogists are committed to the “Genealogical Proof Standard” developed to provide a guideline for performing a valuable service for those seeking the answers to their own personal history. Most have spent countless hours of research, countless hours of study and countless hours of self-improvement in the field of genealogy.
Old Bones Genealogy is one of those companies. Or rather, one of those people. Dave is the sole owner and sole researcher for Old Bones Genealogy of New England. He is a member of many professional genealogical societies, board member of other local and regional associations, lectured, taught and conducted workshops in genealogical research and has been hired to conduct family research for clients. He holds a certificate of genealogical research from Boston University.
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