Genealogy Research Service

Whether you know a lot about your family tree already or are just starting to seek out your ancestry, The Skeleton Whisperer is here to assist you in your search for information about members of your family tree!

Located in Southern California, TSW specializes in performing local record look-ups from newspapers, city directories, yearbooks, court records, and many other collections!  

TSW is also able to assist you with breaking down brick walls, researching individuals, families, or full trees, even if the family isn't from Southern California.

I look forward to helping you uncover the story of your family!

Sara Cochran
Genealogist and Proprietor

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    Moreno Valley Genealogical Society
    1:00 PM
    To Spit or Not to Spit? Is DNA right for your research? 23300 Old Lake Drive Moreno Valley, CA 92557
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    Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society
    1:30 PM
    Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Your Family's Oral History Temple Beth Sholom 2625 North Tustin Ave, Santa Ana CA 92705
Local Area Research
The Skeleton Whisperer is located in Riverside County, California.

Local Libraries and Archives include:

National Archives at Riverside (NARA)
University of California, Riverside
Riverside Public Library
Hemet Public Library
Moreno Valley Public Library
Corona Public Library
San Diego Public Library
Riverside County Clerk of Courts
Riverside County Superior Court
General Research
Record Look-ups
Tree Builder

Ideal for when you're stumped on an individual or family unit. Or, for when you know what you need in general but aren't sure of the specifics yet.

When you already know what you need already and just need it retrieved.  Obituaries, marriage announcements, copies from local yearbooks and city directories, and more!

Want to learn about your family tree but don't have the time to do it yourself?  I can research your tree for you.
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About Me
I've been climbing the family tree for over 20 years, ever since my Grandmother showed me an album of old family photos.  I immediately wanted to know all about this large extended family of mine!

In the course of my personal research, I have found black sheep and heroes in my tree.  Their stories have taught me about life, about healing, and about compassion.  They have been a source of inspiration and growth.

I have located individuals who "fell off the tree" in the course of their lives; those ancestors that seem to disappear after a point in time. Finding them again and bringing their stories some closure has been a source of great joy and personal pride.

Being a researcher in the digital age means there's a lot of records available to me -and you- from home.  But not everything is online yet, and some of the most valuable records I have were obtained "on the ground" in libraries and repositories.  I started The Skeleton Whisperer to help other researchers find those off-line records and to help budding genealogists grow their family trees successfully.

Associate Degree in Library Science, San Bernardino Valley College
Bachelor Degree in Library Science/Liberal Arts, Charter Oak State College
Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University
ProGen 34 Study Group Alumni