The media has inundated us with the call to learn about our ancestors. Several companies offer to track your ancestry through your DNA. Television shows are based on following the branches of family trees for well-known celebrities. History is often re-discovered while researching your own roots. We've talked with area genealogists before while sharing specific histories, but we thought we'd get down and personal with our own resident expert, Christy Van Heukelem, and learn just how they go about finding those roots and branches.
the search by organizing the information and utilizing various resources to track the family back four generations, which generally involves 20 people. (Each generation beyond that doubles the amount of people, and thus the research work.) This initial phase takes her about 10 hours and provides many families all the information they desire, or often enough to go forward on their own. Several clients have requested she continue further up their tree, and she can then provide a pretty realistic estimate of the hours it may take to find the information they request. As with anything that absorbs your total attention, we doubt that the number of hours billed ever reflects the innumerable hours the expert truly expends on the research.
If you'd like to talk with Christy about your family tree, you can contact her through her Facebook page, Lineage & Lore or email firstname.lastname@example.org
~~Posted by Deb Meaghers