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Online Personal Genealogist for Hire

Aimee HeadshotReceive hands on help via Zoom conferencing.  I will help you begin your genealogy research,  guide you through the research process or help you advance your research.

This service includes a review of your family history project and two Zoom sessions – three hours of professional research help for $125!

Call (214) 509-7292 or email to schedule.

Genealogy basics, Need personalized help?

Inherited Genealogy

Do you have piles of paper that you’ve collected over the years or that you’ve inherited?
MessI’ve had the opportunity this summer to help a few people organize decades of accumulated genealogy. It’s a big project and often overwhelming. Fortunately we’re moving from a paper society to a digital one. Does that sound enticing? So, where do you begin?

First, if you haven’t already, choose a platform to host your genealogy, whether it be on your computer or web-based (such as  Click HERE for more suggestions. If you have a GEDCOM (genealogy file extension like jpg is an image extension), you can upload it to your chosen genealogy program.

Decide how to organization digital and remaining paper records. For organizational suggestions, click HERE. Once you’ve chosen, be consistent.

Upload your precious family photos and certificates to your genealogy program (click HERE for suggestions), saving the digital copy and filing the original according to your organizational plan. Many sources like census records are very easily found now. There is no need to keep the copies like we did in the past; besides they are easier to view online anyway. Be sure the source is attached to your individual and then discard it! (yes, I said it) While you’re discarding, go ahead and get rid of all those pedigree charts and family group sheets. Just be sure the information is in your genealogy file first.

It will take a while, but slowly chip away at it and you’ll be so pleased with the results. Don’t forget to backup your file (check your program for instructions). Save backups in various locations (not just one computer, it may crash).

The rewards… you’ve opened the door to easily sharing with others. You can distribute copies of precious family photos and such with a click, ensuring their survival. And most of all, you’ve simplified your life which leads to peace and happiness!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way!

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Genealogy 101

ae57e809-bcd0-4e07-98aa-43f921f86d00Do you have a family picture like this that you’ve always wondered about?  Are you are interested in learning about your past, but don’t know where to begin?  Visit my website by clicking here.  You’ll learn the first steps to get you on your way.  There you will also find pages regarding genealogy organization and genealogy programs.  Genealogy research is fun and not as hard as you might think.  What do you have to loose?  Give it a try.  You may find a fun new hobby!

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Creating a genealogy book for a friend

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I just finished doing a large project for a friend.  She wanted to surprise her husband with a book about his family’s genealogy.  It was such fun!  I really appreciated her giving me the opportunity to do it.  The book turned out really nice.  Her family was pleased.  She wSellmeyer book page 2as so very excited to learn more about her husband’s family.  It’s a special thing to learn about where you came from and it’s a great feeling to help that happen.  Thanks Jeannine!