GENEALOGY RESEARCH REPORT
Because genealogical research is an analytical process--not just a gathering of items that carry a certain name--each block of research should be documented by a detailed Research Report. Based upon a genealogical problem or document analysis, the Genealogy Research Report documents any new discovery which can require us to alter the course of our research. All new findings should be analyzed as they occur, rather than postponed until the completion of a set number of hours. When the block of research ends, the Research Report should be reviewed, overall analysis added, and a new Research Plan created--one based upon the new findings.
An individual’s genealogy is generally reported in a register format, starting from the oldest ancestor and moving forward to most recent with the individuals numbered in their order of birth. This provides a chronological historical summary of a family’s genealogy and defines the vital records, residences, work history, military service, plus other pertinent information.
DESCENDANT v ANCESTOR REPORTS.
The research results don't always have to be reported from the downward or descendant perspective. Research can be performed tracing backwards and compiling an upward tree styled report of the ancestors before you.
Timelines provide the chronology of events and, as an example, to see how one person’s information compares to another’s and to determine if there are common links.
Migration maps provide a graphic representation of how a family or individual moved from one place to the next. This is helpful when trying to tie someone to a particular location at a particular time, and how and when others associated with the family may have interacted. We geographically trace family history.
Family research and history is more than just names and dates. In order to completely understand our own sense of history and culture, we need to look at our ancestors as people. We can research and compile a personalized view of your ancestor and develop a written summary biography of that person's life and activities.
Case studies compile indirect evidence collected and evaluate it with a sound conclusion along with direct evidence. This is based on the results from creating a genealogy, understanding the historic context, and graphically visualizing and evaluating data and geography of your ancestor's surroundings.
BRICK WALL ANALYSIS
Cant seem to find that elusive ancestor? Tell us all about what you’ve done and what you’re looking to find. We’ll take a good hard look at the situation and analyze your options, and provide you with the options and suggestions to help you get over that brick wall.