About Old Bones

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 or FamilySearch.org, the world of genealogical research has taken a giant leap forward.

Other services with gargantuan databases include FindMyPast, Mocavo or MyHeritage.  Even as you read this, there are thousands of individuals working diligently to add databases to these and other research sites.  Once uploaded, the databases 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 scorecard!  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!”

Publick Sale 20 June 1755

Publick Sale 20 June 1755 – Click image to view in another browser

But what about the dusty shelves inhabited by centuries of deeds, wills, probate records, pension files, unpublished family genealogies, innumerable files of businesses large and small, all of which contain nuggets of information which, when stitched together can reveal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; were 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.

The coat of arms of the Committee on Heraldry ...

The coat of arms of the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Click link to go to the Committee website

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, President of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG), the NEAPG delegate to the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) where he will be speaking on search engines and search strategies, Vice President of  the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS), and a member of many other local and regional associations.  He has lectured, taught and conducted workshops in genealogical research and has contracted to conduct family research for clients.  He holds a certificate of genealogical research from Boston University and is currently enrolled in a 16-month educational program entitled ProGen (Professional Genealogy)


Feel free to e-mail Old Bones Genealogy of New England: dave@oldbones.info 


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