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What do you know about Your Ancestors?

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Sandra Ashton

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At What Age did YOU get Bitten by the Genealogy Bug?

Sadly, one of my most Favorite Genealogy Clients just passed away.

Michael was a kind gentleman in his upper 60’s who, as a younger man, had no interest in his Ancestry.

Suddenly, in his mid-60’s it became very important and he sought out the services of a

~Professional Genealogist. ~

He was discouraged by the prices he was getting and was about to give up, but then he saw my Ad – an


with over 30 Years of Experience.


We hit it off immediately and I began his

*Family Tree/*Ancestry Research & Report.

Here below is his REVIEW of my service.


~If you too would like a 5-STAR Family Tree, contact me at

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Currently I’m running a 33% discount, making it just

$30 per Hour (reg. $47).





Here’s what Michael had to say about the service I provided to him:

**** “Between the time of my dad's passing in 1982 and then my mom in 2015 I was not really interested in family tree stuff. Now at age 66 I became interested, but had no one to ask.

I didn't know much, but I found Sandra by searching google.

I was discouraged when I saw the prices of some of the other genealogist services and when I saw Sandra's prices I was a bit hesitant, not sure I would get good service.

I was so wrong. It worked out great!

I only knew that my dad died in the early 80's and I knew his parent's names. That was it.

I was stunned with what Sandra was able to find with just that little bit of information.

I thought I was all Irish, but Sandra found that we were also Scott and English showing me the ship records and all of when my ancestors came to America in the mid 1800's.

She gave me many print-outs of the records and even put some parts in 'story form' so I could understand it better.

I really appreciated her going above and beyond.

My family fought in the Civil War. She gave me copies of their pension applications - how cool.

Sandra is the way to go”! Michael M.


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African American Genealogy Family Tree

Success Story -


Because I’m of

African American descent

I was always curious about my ancestry, but didn’t think it would be worthwhile to pursue the task – I thought there would not be a lot to find.

I was shocked when Sandra informed me that my 4th Great Grandfather was

*MARRIED with Children*

in the *1860* Census!

I thought for sure he’d have been enslaved.

First I joined a few search sites but it was thoroughly confusing

and I felt like I just

**wasted a couple of hundred dollars and several months of my time. **

I didn’t think I could afford a Professional but I saw the ad for an

“Affordable Professional Genealogist”

and thought I’d call.

Sandra was awesome!

She listened as I explained my complicated situation

(with some great grandmothers having different fathers for their babies, etc.)

I decided to hire her right then and the process went so smoothly.

She was able to untangle some messes which I later clarified through DNA matches.

She gave me small details which made it possible for me to imagine my ancestor’s lives.

One, as she showed me on the Census record, worked in “Turpentin.”

I didn’t know anything about that and she gave me a 2 page report on what it was, along with pictures of people working the trees.

**It really made it come alive.

I have

**No Regrets**

on the money I paid to Sandra.

I wish I saw her ad **first**

before I wasted my time and money trying to do it myself.

***Don’t wait if you are thinking about using her services. ****

Just do it and save yourself time, aggravation and money!




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Growing up in a Multi-Generational African American household my Great Aunts & my Grandmother always filled my head with stories that I often wondered were based in Fact or just something they wanted (me/them) to believe.

One was that my 2X Great Uncle was the 1st Black Man to own a barber shop in his county in the 1930’s & 40’s. I wondered if that could be true – a black man owning his own shop at that time period?

Well, Sandra put that issue to rest with showing me that he did indeed own his Barber shop. It really created a sense of pride in me.

Sandra provided a lot of detail that let me imagine the story of my forefathers. She followed so many branches and got me so many stories. I was quite surprised at how much she was able to find and put together in a limited # of hours.

I didn’t have much information to go on but it was a very successful project.

Working with Sandra was a very pleasant experience. She was very friendly and very interested in my family.

I definitely got my money’s worth – and much more! Her pricing is beyond amazing and her dedication really shines through!

I would Jump on the offer she has.




*ANOTHER* Satisfied Client!

From Lisa F., Pennsylvania --

“”100%+ SATISFIED!

Sandra did a fantastic job researching my husband's family history!

~She did so much more than just complete his family tree.

~ Included in my e-book were


*newspaper clippings,

*draft cards,

*census reports,

*birth and

*death certificates, etc.

~ Sandra painted a picture of the lives of ancestors, whenever possible, rather than just dates of birth and death.

~ She was reasonably priced and responded quickly to my questions and concerns while researching.

~The best part was that entire project was finished in a matter of weeks!

~I would highly recommend Sandra to anyone interested in learning about his/her family history!



***If YOU would like a *5-STAR Family Tree Research & Report Project, Reach out TODAY!  

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Rudolph Fox 6X


James Henry Voorhis 3X


Cole Cemetery

Towanda 1993



These are just ‘some’ of the trips I’ve taken over the past decades to ~~ Honor my Ancestors. ~~

When I am there, I am on

“Sacred and Hallowed Ground.”

I am ***Walking Where My Ancestors Walked.***

100 , maybe 200+ Years Before the Family Members                     [**MY** FAMILY MEMBERS]

stood on that


as they bid good-bye to their Mother, Father, Child, etc.

What did they look like?

How did they Act?

[were they wailing or were the stoic?]

What were they thinking [How will I get along without him/her/ ?]

I want to Know EVERYTHING ~

Who designed the headstone?

Why does it say,


on the stone of 3x Great Grandfather, William Jennings?

Does ANYONE ELSE ever come to visit?

6X Great Grandfather - Rudolph Fox - died in 1806 when he fell through the Ice while Fishing.

Over 200+ Years have passed. It is nearly a 4 hour ride for me to go and honor him.

Who, if anyone, has been to his grave in the last 100 years?

I feel tremendous ~~PEACE~~~ when I am there.


They are waiting for Us on the Other Side to Greet Us,


That Day I Walk Where my Ancestors Walked.

My Footsteps trace theirs.

Until I meet them on the Other Side, this is as close as I will come to meeting them….

~~~And it is Glorious!~~~


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Success for Johnnie W.

Review by Recent Client:

WOW sums it up!

My Auntie used Sandra’s service last month and she raved about her work. She found things on my dad’s side of the family that I thought I would die not knowing.

His name, approximate birth year/place and a couple of little other things were all I could tell her about my pops.

Sandra found to 1819 which I thought couldn’t be possible being African American.

But she didn’t just give me names and dates. She helped me understand the lives of the people who make up me. She weaved together facts that made a story, a story that made this 64-year old man cry.

I now have in my possession Death Certificates, birth records, marriage records and copies of the licenses, obituaries, pictures of gravestones and so much more.

And Sandra was so pleasant, fun, and easy to work with. 

 I could feel the joy she felt when she’d call me with something exciting. I fed off that excitement and I have to say – this was one of the best experiences of my life.

 I’m still over the moon. I’ve looked at her report at least a dozen times and I feel just as excited as the first time I read it. I really can’t thank her enough.

I never thought I would know this information or afford to hire someone to find it out, but I found that in Sandra.



Johnnie, it was such a True Pleasure to work with you!  

I'm glad I was able to bring you FAMILY TREE TRIUMPH!

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My Paternal Grandparents

I hope They are Proud of Me Today!

My Paternal Greats

What Do They Think of Me?

Honoring Your Ancestors by How You Live Today…

Do you ever look back at your childhood and reflect upon it being more difficult than what kids have today?

There were no computers, cell phones, maybe no microwave ovens, or even toaster ovens.

I know I grew up without those things (even vcr’s dvd’s, cassette tapes, readily accessible cameras, car seats, and so much more.

My mom didn’t have a telephone when she first married – she had to use the neighbors.

How much more difficult was it for our ancestors?

What free time and leisure did they have?

Do you think if they ever wondered about US?

What their Descendants would think of THEM?

Do YOU think of what YOUR Descendants will think of YOU??

Are WE LIVING OUR LIVES WORTHY of being an Ancestor who should be sought out?? What do YOU want Your many X Great Grandchildren to Know About YOU?

If we’re not already Living Like this – LET’S START TODAY!

And if you want to find your Many-Times Great Grandparents, Call me today to Learn how I can help you!


Catherine Holding Mary

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Your OLDER Family Members Are a LIVING LIBRARY!

My Great Aunt Joan just turned 90. She is my Grandmother’s Youngest Sister.

My Grandmother died before I could ask her so many things, but from Joan I learned what my Great-Great Grandmother (Joan’s Grandmother – Catherine B**** (1861-1949) was like.

I learned that she was an amazing cook and that her best dish was pork with cabbage. She was a hard worker, raising her family and helping on the Farm. She LOVED her Grandchildren.

Shown Here is my 2X Great Grandmother, Catherine holding Joan’s sister, Mary Theresa, as an Infant. She helped her daughter, Elizabeth out (Joan’s Mother) as much as she could.

If you are FORTUNATE to have such a LIVING LIBRARY as I have Great Aunt Joan - Call that person TODAY (Seriously – TODAY!).

Tell them you want to interview them. Most would be flattered and love to help. Who doesn’t want to talk about themselves for an hour or two??

It would be very helpful to send them the Questions you will be asking in advance – so they can get their thoughts together. You can mail/email/ or read them the questions over the phone. You can conduct the interview over the phone, but in person is preferable.

If you do go in person, take a LOT of pictures! Ask in advance for them to bring out any old photos, documents, etc. Then YOU can take pictures of them.

Maybe this relative will sense your devotion to your Family’s History and GIVE you some of these Precious Items. A the least Maybe he/she will let you borrow them to scan them. THIS HAPPENED TO ME – AND IN MY NEXT BLOG I WILL TELL YOU THE WONDROUS STORY OF “***THE*** PICTURE – QUEST OF A LIFETIME = SOLVED!

There are many facets to working on your Genealogy. This is a very important one. It is Time-Sensitive - to get your Ancestry questions answered... to have someone who who will help you, "Find my Past, Find My Heritage." It is a Family Search like none other.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Call your Living Library right now. Tomorrow - Next Week, may be to late. Especially with the Pandemic. Do it NOW. You won't regret it!

If you are looking for Assistance with YOUR Family Tree; If you find Yourself wondering - Who will Help me with my Heritage and Find My past, we can help you with your Ancestry questions.

Use the "CONTACT FORM" above or CALL NOW -**


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Doing your own Family Tree Research Genealogy can be a

Daunting task!

I’ve been at my own since 1979 and still have Brick Walls!

But I have 8 Great Grandparents; 16 2xGreat Grandparents; 32 3X Great Grandparents and it keeps doubling.

That’s a LOT of ancestors!

So when I hit a brick wall, rather than bang my head against it, I went AROUND it. And, by doing so I found such rich history.

One big genealogic discovery came when I came to my 6th Great Grandfather on my paternal Grandfather. 

Feeling the frustration starting to bring me down, I looked to his wife, my 6th Great Grandmother from whom I get just as much DNA.

Well, following her line I ended up in 1354 with OWAIN GLYNDWR, my 18th Great Grandfather. 

Who was Owain? Well he was the Last Native Prince of Wales who led Welsh Rebellion of the Welsh against English rule in September 1400.

And guess what?!- September 16th is Owain Glyndwr day in Wales – with Parades and Festivals to honor my 18th Great Grandfather!

There are many things named for him – University, Streets, Hotels, Pubs, as well as many statues.

Had I continued to bang my head against #6, would this wonderful history ever come to light?

I feel that as we are on our Ancestry path that the ancestors are leading us.

As I search My Heritage I try to sense ‘feeling’ from them.

Call me crazy, but I really believe the Ancestors are waiting for us – and all the questions we can’t solve WILL be answered when we get to where they are – waiting for us with open arms, Grateful we have remembered them.

May you all have Good Fortune in your Ancestry Heritage Quest!

And if you need assistance, we offer the Most Affordable Professional Genealogy Research Service.

I am a Professional Genealogist with Experience & Education going back over 30+ years.

Genealogy is my JOY and as you will read in my reviews on this Website, Google, Facebook & Yelp, I get just as excited for YOUR Family Tree Quest as though it was my own.

I put my Heart into EVERY PROJECT – 110%!

Because I want everyone to feel the excitement I feel when I discover something new about my Heritage, when I find my past, I work within nearly anyone’s budget.

If you are seriously seeking a FAMILY TREE, CALL ME and we will discuss an Affordable Family Tree for you!

Call NOW – 908-414-1850 10am-8pm EST 7-days – and check out my Reviews on Google, Facebook & Yelp  and Read my Success Stories Page!

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A “FAMILY” for the “FAMILY TREE” ~

Where’s YOURS?

What do You Know About YOUR FAMILY?

Your Great Grandparents?

THEIR Great Grandparents?

And further back?

From which Country did the come? And When? And maybe even, “WHY?”

Get YOUR HERITAGE Questions Answered.

We will conduct your Family search.

Ancestry Questions Answered –

Family Trees ~ It’s All We Do!

30+ Years’ Experience & Education in Genealogy

Author of 2 Family History Books

Affordable Professional Genealogist

Sandra Ashton

IAPCC - Genealogy

Kean University – Education & Psychology

Reach out NOW -

Use the CONTACT US Form Above or call (908) 414-1850 10am-8pm EST.

I want to help you with your FAMILY TREE TRIUMPH.

I want to provide you with GENEALOGY JOY!



THE Bible

of Emma

My 3X Great Grandfather

William Jennings

The Birth of a Genealogist

It was these very pages from my Great-Grandmother's Bible - Emma Corlena Voorhis Jennings, (1889-1964) Bradford County, Pennsylvania... that started my unquenchable thirst for the *Knowledge of My Ancestors.*

After finding Emma's Bible in my Grandmother's cedar chest in the dusty old attic I became obsessed with Family History. I was a child of 12 years old.

I would beg my Grandmother to tell me EVERYTHING she could about "William Jennings 1821-1872" - and everyone else written under him.

Soon I began to write every detail. With my 1st job at age 16 I did not spend my salary on clothes and shoes as a typical teen girl. NO, I was spending my money to order *Death Certificates* and the like.

By my early 20's, as I was moving into my own home as a new bride, I had BINDERS and MILK CRATES filled with Genealogical Treasures.

Now in my 50's (while much is on the computer) I have FILING CABINETS, bursting with the *Stories of My Ancestors.*

If ***YOU*** have that Burning Desire, I want to help YOU!

Lets Start the JOURNEY and Begin to Fill ***YOUR BINDERS!*** Contact Me Now for AFFORDABLE ANCESTRY RESEARCH -


Let me help you with finding your heritage and your ancestry answers!

(oh, btw, William Jennings was a Tailor in Mehoopany, Wyoming County, PA. He also owned a Hotel for a number of years prior to his death).


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***SUCCESS STORY -     ***Kawaan’s Story****

I’m  African American  and I ’’ hesitated researching my Family Tree’’ because I just didn’t think I’d find much

(think slavery and the poor way blacks were treated even after the Civil War).

I looked into a couple of Genealogist but they literally wanted

***between $1,000 - $2,500*** to START!

and that was something I just could not afford.

And one of them told me that after I gave her the information NOT to contact her back until 1 month?? That’s not how I would have wanted to work. I would want to be a part of it.

I say Sandra was a


because right after I spoke to that Genealogist I started plugging away at it again and Sandra’s site popped up.

It was wordy, but I liked the words I read:

“This is a Journey We Will Take Together,”

And then the price!

I was sold and called her.

We took the ‘journey’ together, and despite my ancestors being slaves, --

Sandra got my family back to 1795 --

(to the slave - owner that impregnated my many-times Great Grandmother).

******** She figured out some pretty tricky situations*****

and she gave me a

***32-page report with records and stories.

It was all written out – easy to grasp.

There were obituaries, pictures of gravestones I’d otherwise never have been able to see, even an article on my 2nd great uncle being killed by getting run over by a bus in Chicago.

I can’t count the times we talked on the phone through-out the making of my tree.

I wanted the Good/The Bad/ and the Ugly that came up with the slavery issue.

She gave it all to me.

It turned out that some of my Own Ancestors were slave owners.

While it was upsetting to learn, it’s a part of who I am.

The $money I spent on Sandra was **WELL WORTH IT – MANY TIMES OVER.***

I have 3 kids under the age of 7 and I can’t wait for them to be able to understand this so I can share it.

If you’re “ON THE FENCE” about hiring Sandra - get down & Call her!


My Family

My Family of Long Ago



Everyday I get calls of people asking, "Can you help me find my Heritage?"    They must know their Ancestry...

And I can totally relate to that.

Yesterday a gentleman called my office because he wanted me to Research his mother's side of the family. He told me that it was not just a 'curiosity for her -- 

That it was a Burning and Passionate NEED. She NEEDS to know her Family History.

When Family History is Center to your goals, you might get carried away and buy subscriptions to a bunch of Research sites You may begin to spend many hours a day on your computer conducting family searches, not even sure you have the right people,

OR - Even Worse - you might start taking wrong hints and adding them to your tree.


just one Wrong Link and it can have a disastrous result -

 resulting in you having delete what you thought was correct, and now start that branch over.

This can set you back weeks - months - longer - and the more time you have to Pay $$$ to stay with the site.

If you have a real, serious need to know your Heritage, you may want to consider the service of a Professional Genealogist -

someone (hopefully) who comes with years (decades) of experience AND Education in Genealogic Studies...

Someone whose Passion RIVALS or even EXCEEDS yours!

Someone who has excellent reviews, and someone who is willing to take the time to listen to you - hear your goals and is eager to jump on the ship and set sailing!

Now I'm not saying that you have to go with me - but you should definitely be looking for someone with the same qualities. Even though my rates are about the lowest you will find out in the Professional Genealogist world, it is an investment and you must feel comfortable with whom you choose.

So read reviews, interview, question, read up on, and get to know your Genealogist. This is a Very Important Endeavor for most, so you want to get it right.

Next to my current Family, my ancestry is the most important thing to me. If you are feeling the same, reach out to me and we can start to discuss YOUR goals - What it is YOU MUST Know!


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National “TELEPHONE DAY!” - 

 You Know the Game -- A Message is whispered into the 1st Person’s ear and by the time it gets to the End Person ---- the Message is NOT the Same!

What ~~FAMILY HISTORY/Ancestry~~ Stories has this happened to in YOUR FAMILY?

How much of What we Believe about our Families is NOT ACCURATE???

My Mother’s Maiden Name is Carter -- So we were told we were related to President Jimmy Carter…. Decades of Research Disproved this Myth.

On my Great Grandmother’s Death Certificate it lists her Parents to be the GRANDPARENTS of her Husband!

My Great Uncle, in his grief while filling out the Certificate gave the names which he had heard spoken while growing up. What a Genealogy NIGHTMARE this would have been if I hadn’t had 1st Hand Knowledge!.

You must use Great Care in deciding what to accept into YOUR FAMILY TREE!

EVALUATE the Data ~

Does it Make Sense?

Who Provided the Information?

As a Professional Genealogist I get phone calls every day from Genealogy Enthusiast who were TOO Enthusiastic and Added Everything to their Tree ~~

And I am Tasked to Fix Them!

Save Yourself Time & Money and take care of what you accept in to your Tree…

If you feel you’ve already made a Mess of Your Tree -- Reach out to Me and we can begin to Rectify the Situation!


Tracy T.


Tracy's Great Grandfather

Sandra's  Latest  *5-STAR GOOGLE  Review

April 2022

by Tracy Tsikis

Sandra did an excellent job tracing our family tree.

 I learned so much about my family and was surprised of all the detail she provided . She was very easy to work with and 

her pricing was amazing.

 I definitely recommend using her service to anyone who is looking for a family tree.

I am getting one for my mother for Mother’s Day! ~


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Walter & Joseph

Only 1 Survived

As ~MOTHER’S DAY~ Approaches I think of the Women in My FAMILY TREE and what I know about their Mothering.

The most Significant Story I know of is of my Paternal Great Grandmother, Elzbieta Kichute.

She came from Eastern Europe in 1907. She married my Great Grandfather, Jurgis, back home in 1904 at age 16.

 He left to start life in Wilkes Barre, PA and would send for her as soon as things were settled.

She joined him in January 1907. Not long after Walter was born – then came Joseph.

But not knowing my Great Grandfather that well – things turned badly soon. It turned out Jurgis had a severe drinking problem.

Enter the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. My grandfather is born to Elzbieta and Jurgis in February. The 1st week of November Jurgis comes home Drunk Again. Elzbieta locks him out on a cold night.

He is weakened, contracts the 1918 Flu and is dead by November 7th.

Elzbieta, a Widow with 3 young boys, does not speak English and has no real way to support herself and her sons.

She begins to take in the neighbor’s Laundry and gets a job as a Hotel Servant.

Things start to look up a bit in 1922 when she remarries Pijus. They have twin sons. But they are still very poor and, as my grandfather related to me, that one of the twins developed pneumonia because the house was always so cold.

The baby succumbed shortly after this picture was taken. Pijus died just a few years later.

Elzbieta gave up her life in her homeland, hoping for a great life in America – she gave up her family, everything she knew. And it turned out tragically.

She was grief stricken the rest of her life. She died at age 58 in 1946.

I live nearly 3 hours drive from her resting place, but I try to visit her at least twice a year. I stand at her grave and ponder the strong woman she was – KNOWING that one day I will meet her… and she will be waiting for me – with Open Arms – Knowing She has been Remembered all of these years.

Our ancestors only Truly Die when we no longer speak of them or think of them.                                                                                      I keep as many Ancestors of mine alive by keeping my FAMILY TREE.

If YOU would like YOUR ~FAMILY TREE~ but don’t have the time or access to the many research sites, reach out to me Today and we can get started on it.

It’s Easier & Less Expensive than You Think!

{And it would make an Awesome Gift!}



Honoring  YOUR  Ancestor.

If you have that Special Ancestor who 'touches' your Heart, send their photo along with a brief bio and it can be featured on this Blog.

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# 1  From Kevin C. Williams


"This is my Paternal great grandfather Garfield Williams Sr, and his grandson Keith. 

My great grandfather was born September 19, 1888 in Pasquotank County, NC, and died April 16, 1967 in Chesapeake, VA.

 Garfield Sr. was married to Lou Carter, the father of seven children, six girls, and one boy. He was a tobacco farmer, and a delivery man for Birchard Dairy Company.

 This picture was taken June 5, 1960 in South Norfolk, Virginia."

Thanks to Kevin for Sharing!

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Ellen is a 65 y/o woman who recently retired from a retail position. Money is OK, but not abundant. She has 3 children and has been married to Walt for 40 years.

All of her life she’s been curious about her roots but raising kids and working did not allow her the time to do the work. She thought when she retired she’d start, but now there are the grandchildren that she cares for while 2 of her children go to work. 

Doing the Family Tree is out of the question in the evening – she is wiped out!

Ellen goes online and searches terms such as “Family Tree” and “Genealogy Research.  ”ancestry . com is the top result and she’s curious. 

 When she sees the pricing (up to $40 per month for the World Package) she becomes dismayed. 

 She reads some informational Genealogy and learns that joining Ancestry wouldn’t be sufficient. To do a thorough job she would also need to join such other sites such as My Heritage, News Papers . com, Find My Past, Geneanet, News Library, Genealogy Bank, etc. 

 Just getting a few of these could be well over $100 per month – AND THEN – All the time it would take to learn to use each site! Now add into the mix that I don’t really know much about my ancestors, let-alone how to find them (and be sure I had the right people!)

 And what IS a Pedigree Chart & Family Group Record? How do you read those census pages? 

The thoughts are causing anxiety.

So Ellen begins to ponder the thought of just hiring an expert and she searches for “Professional Genealogist” and the like.     

WHAT!?! $1,500 - $2,500 to start??   Once again Ellen is dismayed – Will she ever know who her Great-Great Grandmother was? Or from which country her family came?

She scrolls down the search results and sees, 

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 ONLY $195 for a Professional Genealogist with over 30 Years Experience to research her Family Tree for 6 Hours and provide an informative report, copies and transcriptions of records as well as those Pedigree Charts! 

 It sounds to good to be true – She needs confirmation and sees that Sandra has All  5-Star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yelp as well as many success stories on the site.

As it said in one of Sandra’s 5 Star Google reviews, “When I saw the pricing I jumped on it, thinking I had little to lose.”

And that’s how Ellen found herself feeling just weeks later when Sandra sent her a 27-page report with such interesting details that her 5th Great Grandfather was killed in the Revolutionary War by ‘friendly fire’ leaving his wife with 3 small children. 

 While she remarried just 2 years later, Ellen imagined how scary it must have been for her 5th Great Grandmother. FINALLY – this report gave Ellen the peace of mind she had wished for her whole life. 

Ellen is so grateful that she clicked the link on Sandra’s website and sent that first email that started the process. She found Sandra extremely friendly and abundantly enthusiastic. 

 She’s joined the list of Over-Joyed clients that Sandra has Satisfied over 30+ Years!


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From her Father

James W Voorhiis

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I wish there was an affordable Genealogy resource service when I started to  try and find my past.  When I began the search for my heritage I was on my own.  I had to do my family search with little genealogy resources.

There were no online genealogy resources.  There were not even computers!  It was 1979 and I'll tell you what there was a LOT of:  YELLOW LEGAL NOTE PADS on which to copy the plentiful notes from my Great Grandmother's Bible - Emma Corlena Voorhis.

It was seeing HER  Handwriting in the back of that Bible, "William Jennings - 1821-1872"  that sparked my overwhelming desire to know more about my ancestors.

Also tucked inside the pages was, what I thought to be ancient - some pages written by Emma's father -James Voorhis (1845-1915) that listed all of his children's dates/places as well as a 1909 Letter he wrote to his daughter, Mattie Isabelle Wing in which he wrote that he repaired a piece of equipment for a customer first thing  in the morning - earning .$25 Cents before breakfast...   and that the neighbors were papering  their dining room.

It was fascinating to me and I cherish it to this day - 43 years ago!

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Edward Matthew

Rest in Peace

Grandma & Grandpa

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Grandpa’s Birthday – 104!

How I wish he was still here to Celebrate ~

February 24, 1918 Edward Matthew was born to Elzbieta and Jurgis.

What it was a THRILL for me the day I received a Copy of his Birth Certificate – it was a paper I’d come to treasure throughout many decades.

I was just a kid and not my brother or sister, or even my parents could understand the Dance of Joy I did when I got it.

But more joyful was life with Ed, Sheik as my Grandmother would call him.

Oh the things he did to entertain (torture) us grandkids. And we delighted in every moment we were blessed with him. – The fake skulls stuck up on sticks that he’d go outside and hold through the window to scare us… The scary masks, etc. We always knew it was him.

Grandpa had a rough life. His father, Jurgis, would die in the 1918 flu pandemic when he was 8 months old, leaving Elzbieta with 3 young sons.

They were poor – Newspaper in Shoes Poor – being sent to the Coal mines in Wilkes Barre PA to steal coal to warm the house.

When he met Grandma Jessie things turned around. They moved to Newark, NJ where Grandpa had a good job and they went on to raise two sons and a daughter.

When Grandma died in 1984 at just 60, Grandpa fell into a deep depression that he’d never come out of until they finally met again in 2006.

I know they are both waiting to greet me when it’s my time to go there. I feel their Spirits now, as I write this and reflect on the significant impact they had on my life.

While I miss him, I know he is happy with Grandma now!


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My Mother-in-Law

I wished I asked So Much More!

My Grandparents

who I interviewed the heck out of!


Have you ever seen those cards (or even posts on the internet) where it gives you your YEAR OF BIRTH then everything about it –

Average Income

Cost of a Loaf of Bread

Price of a Postage Stamp

Top Movie of the Year,

Etc., etc.

I find those fascinating and I don’t just look at mine; I look up my parents and grandparents

 and try to get a glimpse into what life may have been like for them… BUT How So Much I Wish I had asked them to tell me about their lives when they were still on this earth.

If your Parents are still alive – Or even more blessed

 – Your Grandparents (or even Aunts & Uncles)


 You will never regret getting this information, but you WILL REGRET NOT GETTING IT when they are gone.

What will help you understand your parents’ or grandparents’ lives better?

 Yes, the stats above are interesting, but is that really it? NO, of course not!

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Elzbieta & Jurgis

Did She Already Know?

Widowed - 3 Sons

Wilkes-Barre PA 1918


~~Alcohol~~ + ~~the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic~~ = ~~a Widow with 3 Young Sons ….~~=A Story **Proven Untrue Decades Later**

Do you think they ever thought of us? Did they wonder “What will my descendants think of me? Did they want to live their lives worthy of the anticipated respect? How are WE living?

Will our descendants be proud of us?

~~My great grandfather came to this country in 1905. He and my great grandmother, Elzbieta, married in the old country in 1904 when she was just 16 years old. He came first to America and she joined him 2 years later.

~They had 3 sons.

But family lore says he had a

~~serious drinking problem. ~~

And in **November of 1918** my great grandmother had enough.

He came home *drunk again* and she locked him out.

He became sick that night and died shortly after.

That is what I always heard as a child

– a fascinating story…

Now she was a widow with 3 sons, my grandfather being just 8 months old.

But when I started my genealogy, I saved enough from my minimum wage-teenage job to order his death certificate.


 it said (Spanish Flu Pandemic in Pennsylvania) .

??? Was the story a

^^^Cautionary Tale,^^^

told by Elzbieta to steer her sons from alcohol????

My grandfather had no idea of this when I showed him the certificate.

Did Elzbieta ***color the way*** her sons would grow up thinking about their father?

Did she do the right thing?

What will our descendants think of us?

~~What kind of ancestor will we be? ~~

Let’s pledge right now to be worthy of being remembered!

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Grandfather was a Tailor!


I had been searching for my heritage since I was a young girl.

I knew my Grandfather came to the US from the Baltic's in the early 1900’s.

 He was my Dad’s dad and I wanted to know more about him. (I already knew a lot on that grandmother). 

 I contacted Sandra and she told me that she did not specialize in Eastern Europe and I was very disappointed because her pricing and reviews were so excellent.

I asked her if she could try to find ANYTHING at all about him. She relented and told me she would not recommend that I take her 6-Hour Special but rather just go with 2 or 3 hours. I thought that was very honest of her and was just relieved she was going to try.

When she called me with what she found I was astounded  

Keep in mind - I knew Nothing but his name, & death date --

I now know the date he arrived, the Ship he came on, his Father’s name, What town he came from (she even gave me a 2 page summary about that town and what it was like in that era), that his Brother-in-law paid his passage, what his occupation was (a tailor)  all of his addresses in the US, a newspaper article about him speaking at the local High School about careers, his obituary, a picture of his headstone. 

 I was so excited and made a Memory Board of him that proudly hangs on my wall.

It was an amazing experience – and it was a Small amount  of the cost of what I would have paid to some of the other genealogists out there.

I’m really happy that I didn’t give up.


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Several Year ago I threw a HUGE *FAMILY REUNION* party wherein, for ^^r 2 days,^^ I held, captive, the hearts of my *** 37 *** 1st cousins and their *** 56 Children. ****

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The ***Information, the ***Documents, ***Pedigree Charts, ****Family Group Records, the ***Stories and the ***Pictures would just, some Months - Time Later, be **compiled into a ::: Beautifully Bound Book :::

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Hmm? She's younger here??


James Henry Voorhis

Thorn in my Side!


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Hold your Horses there:

Please keep in mind:

Federal censuses are mostly reliable but  vary  depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator.

 Information may have been given to a census taker by *any member of the family or even by a neighbor.*

Some information may have been *incorrect or even deliberately falsified.* 

 Some people may have changed their age so they could get married, participate in or avoid the military , vanity, etc. 

 It's not uncommon to see women shave a decade or more off their age from their first census til their last. 

 Marriage information could be falsified to make a baby appear legitimate.

Census takers missed people, misheard people and were sometimes just not thorough. This can present some challenges.

Ancestors could also prove difficult - In one census they may have used their given name, and in the next one used a Middle name,  nickname or a different spelling.

When I started my Genealogy in 1979 I knew my 2nd Great Grandfather was James Voorhis... and HIS father was James Voorhis, and HIS father was also (you guessed it) James Voorhis.

I had my Great Grandma's Bible as well as documents written by my 2nd Great Grandfather telling me all this.  As I got older and began looking for documents on my 3 James', I could find none!   WHAT?!! 

 It took years to put together and a year of working at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to find that each James went only by his MIDDLE name. 

 In Census and nearly every other record.  Even  in death, as you see, I'm sitting next to the grave of HENRY VOORHIS (James Henry).  Even in Death he simply went by, "HENRY."

While these issues bring challenges, I have been doing this since 1979 and have decades of experience to work through such issues.

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Jurgis Bluvas



***Is it Just NAMES / DATES / PLACES ??


 Is that all you would want YOUR Descendants to know about you?

My Great Grandfather died **7 November 1918.** That fills in the Pedigree Chart -

but how much more ? satisfying ? is it to know that he died in the ***SPANISH FLU PANDEMIC*** (SEE DEATH CERTIFICATE) Just 8 Months after my Grandfather was born, leaving my Great Grandmother, a Lithuanian Immigrant WIDOWED, with 3 young sons. 

 That's So Much More than His Names & Dates.

When I Wrote My 1st Family History Book I INTERVIEWED *EVERYONE* I possibly could in my Family -.

I wanted to know what THEY Remembered about Grandma, Great Grandpa, if perhaps they ever heard Grandma speak of "HER" parents - Any piece of information I could possibly get.

I didn't (don't) just want to fill in a Pedigree Chart.

I ** NEED** to ** UNDERSTAND** WHO these Ancestors were. **What was their job? **Where did they live? ** HOW MANY KIDS DID THEY HAVE??!!!

When a Client Hires Me to Trace ***THEIR FAMILY TREE***, I give it as Much Detail as Possible so they can gain an understanding of who their ancestors were.


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Not long after my strong interest in Genealogy developed at the age of 12, I was at my Grandparents house when my Grandfather came home from a short trip. He, my Grandmother, my father and an aunt or uncle or two were sitting around the kitchen table discussing who my Grandfather had just visited in Connecticut (We’re in NJ).

There was no room for me at the table, but I heard a good part of the discussion. Grandpa had a cousin, Joseph K***** in CT that he had either just met for the 1st time or had just seen for the 1st time in a while.

THEN HE PULLED OUT A POLAROID SNAPSHOT!... The ooooh’s and aaaahhhs’. I just HAD TO see it and somehow weaseled my way to the folder Grandpa was carrying it in.

My Life Would Change when I Opened the Folder and looked at *THE* PICTURE.

The picture Grandpa had was a snapshot of the very large picture of my Ancestors From LITHUANIA that his cousin, Joseph K****** had in his possession.

My 2nd Great Grandmother was seated and surrounded by her 3 children. It was obvious the Original picture was in bad shape, but I didn’t care. I WAS GOING TO HAVE THAT PICTURE SOMEDAY – I VOWED TO MYSELF!!

Joseph K was never mentioned again, but the thought of obtaining that picture was seared into my heart. I was obsessed with the thought of owning it one day. It became one of my strongest desires in life and throughout the years of Marrying, Raising my Twin Sons, etc., the thought never left my head or heart.

Fast Forward 24 Years and I author a book about my Dad’s Side of the Family. It’s the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, 2008. My phone rings and I see on the Caller ID - ***JOSEPH K***!!!

I seriously almost fainted. Before the person on the other end of the phone could even say Hello, I went into some kind of TIZZY and just Blurted Out::: “THERE’S A PICTURE, FROM LITHUANIA I SAW AS A CHILD. DO YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS OR ANYTHING ABOUT IT??!! “”


 She went on to explain that her father, THE Joseph K*****, passed away and she found the picture in a closet. She didn’t know the people in it (It was her father’s father in there) and she heard from a distant relative that I had wanted and talked about that picture for YEARS…

She was in Connecticut, about 3 hours away. I asked her when could I come get it. She said Anytime. I asked her to hold just a moment. I ran to my husband and eagerly shouted, “Can you take me to CT tomorrow; I’ll explain why later.” He said yes and the next morning I met my Cousin Carrie K***** for the first time.

Thirteen Years Later we still speak on the phone at least 2-3 per week and I am the Godmother of her youngest son.

Not only did Carrie so generously give me the picture I had desired a life-time, she also gave me a handkerchief and small purse that her Grandfather brought over from Lithuania when he arrived here in 1913. I was awed at her generosity.

Making it known to your Family that YOU TREASURE all the details, all the artifacts – Anything and Everything about YOUR FAMILY – can open many passageways.

I not only own *THE* Picture (which you can see here I have had restored), but both sides of my family pass down the pictures, the documents, the Memorabilia to me.

***I am the Keeper of the Keys to My Family’s History.*** And I open the lock and invite all Family Members in…

I URGE YOU to Become the Keeper of YOUR FAMILYS’ KEYS. Genealogy is my JOY! - If it is YOURS, LET IT BE KNOWN!

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Polaroid of Original



Doing your own Family Tree Research Genealogy can be a 

Daunting task!

I’ve been at my own since 1979 and still have Brick Walls!

But I have 8 Great Grandparents; 16 2xGreat Grandparents; 32 3X Great Grandparents and it keeps doubling. 

 That’s a LOT of ancestors!

So when I hit a brick wall, rather than bang my head against it, I went AROUND it. And, by doing so I found such rich history.

One big genealogic discovery came when I came to my 6th Great Grandfather on my paternal Grandfather. Feeling the frustration starting to bring me down, I looked to his wife, my 6th Great Grandmother from whom I get just as much DNA.

Well, following her line I ended up in 1354 with OWAIN GLYNDWR, my 18th Great Grandfather. Who was Owain? Well he was the Last Native Prince of Wales who led Welsh Rebellion of the Welsh against English rule in September 1400. 

And guess what?!- September 16th is Owain Glyndwr day in Wales – with Parades and Festivals to honor my 18th Great Grandfather!

There are many things named for him – University, Streets, Hotels, Pubs, as well as many statues.

Had I continued to bang my head against #6, would this wonderful history ever come to light?                                                                                                                 

I feel that as we are on our Ancestry path that the ancestors are leading us. 

 As I search My Heritage I try to sense ‘feeling’ from them.

Call me crazy, but I really believe the Ancestors are waiting for us – and all the questions we can’t solve WILL be answered when we get to where they are – waiting for us with open arms, Grateful we have remembered them.

May you all have Good Fortune in your Ancestry Heritage Quest!

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