Research Services
Research Services
  1. Newspapers
    Here are a few things you might find about your family in old newspapers: Birth and Death Announcements School Graduations, Sports and 4H. Marriage Licenses, Engagement and Marriage Announcements, Anniversaries Legal: Probate, Divorce, Foreclosure, Arrests
  2. National Archives Holdings
    The Riverside NARA office holds more than 60,000 cubic feet of Records generated by Federal courts and Federal agencies in Arizona, Southern California, and Clark County, Nevada. Collections include records from the military, the forest service, passports, and much more.
  3. Vital Records
    Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for all of Riverside County can be obtained through the Riverside County Clerk-Recorder. There is a small fee to cover my costs in addition to the cost of the record. For other Southern California County Vital Records, contact me for availability and price.
  4. Yearbooks
    Yearbooks are a special glimpse into the past! If your ancestor attended a local High School, we may find their photo and details about their school experience! A list of available yearbooks is being compiled.
  5. City Directories
    City Directories, or phone books, are a way to pin your ancestor down to a very specific place and time. This is especially valuable if you have a family that moved frequently, or are supplementing or replacing a missing census or are dealing with common surnames and trying to untangle your family from another.
  6. Court Books
    Did a member of your family have a run in with the law? Learn more about their adventures through court records. From traffic tickets to trials, there's a selection of local court records at the Hemet Public Library. List to come! The National Archives - Riverside Office is a great resource for Federal court records.
In all cases, genealogical research and record lookups can be time-consuming and sometimes end up empty handed; for instance, not everyone had obituaries, marriages, or births published in newspapers. The larger the city or more modern the timeframe, the less likely it is the information was published. In the event that your record is not found, you will receive a letter or email from me outlining exactly what resources were accessed to locate the information requested and stating the information was not found.  I am unable to guarantee the record you want exists.  For this reason, fees for used time are not refundable. 
Lectures and Presentations
Below are the lectures currently available to be presented to your Society's Membership. 
Please contact me to discuss booking any of these topics, or to tailor a presentation for your group.

From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing your Family Photos. 
After a brief history of photography, we look at organizing techniques, digitization basics and options/ideas on what to do with your photos.

Extra! Extra! Find Your Family in the Newspaper! 
If you only think about obituaries when you think of newspapers for genealogy, you may be missing out!  We take a look at the types of information we can find about our family in the paper and then learn where to find it - online and offline.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Finding Vital Records in the land of Saints and Scholars.
Get to know the Irish Civil Registration records! These Birth, Marriage and Death records began country-wide in 1864 and contain a wealth of information about our ancestors.  Learn how to access these records right from your own home through multiple websites.

Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Your Family’s Oral History
We will define what oral history is and talk about strategies to interview your family; then, go through the process of verifying a family story.

To Spit or Not to Spit?  Is DNA testing right for your research?
Covering the very basics of Genetic Genealogy, we will review the types of DNA tests available; list the companies that offer them, and determine how to choose which is best for your research and which family members to test – if any!
Locating Records in Archives from Your Couch
The digital age has brought billions of records to genealogists' living rooms.  However, there is much more only available in hard-copy.  Learn how to track down these valuable resources, wherever they are in the world, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Shamrocks, Leprechauns, and Harps: Researching your Irish Roots
Ireland can be a challenging place to research in!   Learn about what records do exist, and what no longer exists, before you get started searching for your Irish roots.
Who Needed it Anyway? Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census
The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.
Disaster Proofing Your Research
Family historians spend years, sometimes decades gathering and compiling records, photographs, and family heirlooms to preserve the past and guide the future.  Let's talk about ways to ensure that all this hard work isn't lost in any number of potential disasters.

Coming Soon:

Genealogy 101: Tree Climbing for the Beginner
Designed as an interactive workshop, this class discusses the very first steps to take after you've decided to start researching your family.

My DNA Brought Me to the Forest, But Where are the Trees?
Genealogical DNA tests are bringing thousands of new cousins to our attention, but many of them don't have trees attached to their test.  Learn some new techniques for figuring out where how these individuals connect with you. (Focus is on results system).

What was Built can be Torn Down: Brick Wall Strategies
Are you stuck? Does it seem like you’ll never find an answer to the question you have about your ancestor? With careful planning and a focused strategy, it may be possible to turn that brick wall into a pile of rubble.

How do I Decide What to Believe? Evidence Evaluation for Everyone
Discussing the difference between an original record and an index, why it's important to look at the image of the census and not just rely on what the index, how to estimate the reliability of the informant and more.

Hopping Down the Paper Trail 
The records our ancestors left behind often lead us to other records, and sometimes take us down a rabbit hole. Learn how to scour those records for the next clue, and how to prioritize those clues so that you stay on track.