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Who Were Your Ancestors?

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Sandra Ashton

Professional Genealogist

Let Me Bring YOU  Genealogy JOY!

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Frequently Asked Questions

*How much do you charge for your service?


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*Most pictures on this site are from my own Family Tree.


Questions for Interviewing  Family Members  for  HISTORICAL  PURPOSE  is  at                                                            Bottom  of This  Page

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Family Tree Specialist LLC knows how Important your  FAMILY HISTORY & ANCESTRY

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Sandra Ashton, ~Professional Genealogist~ [with over 30+ Years of Experience] will use her

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***So How Does it Work?

1. Simply Call or email with your Family/Ancestors’ information.

2. Decide on the number of hours you would like your Family researched.

3. An Invoice will be sent to your email address that can be paid by *Any Major Credit Card, *PayPal, *VENMO, *ZELLE or *Check/Money Order.

4. Allow from 2 – 5+ weeks for turn-around.

Call at any time for updates.

5. You will receive a Beautiful, Detailed Narrative Report - in an e-booklet format - along with Pedigree Charts.

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***What’s Included in my Report?

The lives of your Ancestors will be described to you - with as much detail that can be found –

in the # of hours for which you have contracted.

*Birth Records

*Marriage Records

*Death Records

*Census

*Military

*News Articles

*Obituaries & more…

Copies of all Certificates found and –

even occasionally

photographs of ancestors, their headstones, their homes or farms, etc.

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I put 110% into Your family as if it was my own.

~~I want this to be a Success just as much as you do!

I’m available to speak by phone 7-days a week, 10am-8pm EST.

This is my Passion and I’m happy to share it with you!


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* How does the service work?

IT'S EASY!: 

 Go to the LET’S GET STARTED page and follow the 

4 *Easy* Steps:


1) Print/View  the PEDIGREE CHART & FAMILY GROUP RECORDS (FGRs).

2) Fill them in to the best of your ability.

3) Submit them to me along with your payment. We accept all Major Credit Cards, Checks/Money Orders, VENMO, Zelle, and PayPal.  See LETS GET STARTED Page (mid-way down)

4) Wait for your Family Tree to arrive.  (about 2-4 weeks* see below).



* I don’t know all of the information the form is requesting – now what?

Don’t worry about it! Fill in what you DO KNOW. If you know only very, very little, perhaps there is an older relative who can help fill in some blanks. Either way, we can - and almost ALWAYS do work with less information than what the form is asking.  We start with what we know and work backwards. 



*My Grandparents came from Italy in the early 1900's.  Can you help?

Unfortunately, if your family has only been here a couple of generations, we may not be able to help you very much.    I specialize in North America, and the UK.     I certainly will try though.  A woman hired me to search her grandfather who came from Lithuania around 1915.  I told her I probably couldn't do much for her, but would search for an hour or 2 and then refund the balance of her payment.  WELL, I was able to find her grandfather's ship papers, several Census records, Social Security  and other information.  I was able to piece together a story for her, her grandfather's date of immigration, description of his physical build, how he paid to get here, his occupations, his parents' names, income, obituary as well as a newspaper article about him speaking at a local school in the early 1950's.  It took about 4-5 hours and  we were both delighted!



*How much time until I get my Family Tree Package? - {see note below}


That depends on several issues:


* How much information I can find.  If I can go many generations back, it's going to take several weeks (I do my best to never go more than 4-5 weeks - I know how exciting it is!)  


On average it takes at least 3 weeks to come up with something. 


 (A client I recently worked with asked me to explore his paternal grandfather's line.  Information on his maternal grandmother's line was come across and suddenly he wanted that too.  What should have been a 6-8 hour job has now turned into a 12-15 hour job, but I was able to find   SO much on so many branches,, complete with lots of military, immigration, obituaries, and much more.  He's a very happy client! )


* My schedule.  If I have several clients submit their  paperwork around the same time, then I do it in the order it was received.  Which is why I say, CONTACT US *TODAY!*  Even if you know very little, we'll begin and you'll have secured your place in my schedule.

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* I think I know where my great-grandfather came from, but am not 100% sure. Should I put it on the form?

YES! Put any information you are making an EDUCATED GUESS about and mark it with a “(G)” so I know it’s a good guess.  

He Owned a Hotel & Cigar Shop

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* The Family Group Record looks daunting! HELP!!

It does request a lot of information, but you only fill in what YOU KNOW. Don’t be intimidated by it. I can (and almost always do) work with less. If you can list the husband and wife, along with any of their children and approximate birth years, that would be great. If you know more, wonderful! If you know less, just fill in what you can.


  If you are filling them in for your grandmother, do one with her as the Wife. 

 List your Grandfather (with their birth dates (or approximate years) with as much as you can of their children.  Then fill one out, if possible, with her listed as a CHILD.  Enter what you can about her parents (names, nicknames, maiden, approx. birth years, and any siblings you can think of,) 


 If if you know Grandma had a brother named "Ed,"  I can use that to search for an "Edward," an "Edmund,"  "Edgar" etc.  If she had a sister, "Polly,"  I know that often females called Polly were really "Mary." 


 If you know your father was born in 1930 but you have no idea on your grandparents' birth dates, we can approximate them with an educated Guess (G).  If you know he was the oldest child, with couples marrying near 20 years old and a baby often coming 2 years after the marriage, we do the math.  


As much information you can supply the easier/less time consuming for me - Less expensive for you! 

* What is the correct way to write in the dates?

The correct way is: for July 10, 1889, you would write: 10 Jul 1889. (day, month, year). Do NOT write the date with all digits as 7/10/1889. Write the MONTH out.



*What do these abbreviations/terms mean?


b.              Born  (give date/month/year, or just year or approximate year)

d.              Died   (same as above)

m.             Married  (same as above)

p. or pl.    place (give city/county/state when you can)  

F or FA      Father

abt.           About

a.              around

circa.        around/about (such as "he was born Circa 1900)

~               Approximately



* What is the correct way to fill in a location?

When you know the complete location, it will look like this: 


Towanda, Bradford, PA (town/county/state). 

 If you are listing out of the US, include the country as well. 

 If you do not have the county, write it as: 

 Towanda,, PA. 

 (notice the second comma indicates a missing county. 

 If you do not know the town/city, write it in as: 

​,Bradford, PA. 

 The first of the comma indicates you do not know the town. If you only know the state, just list that.

The Older a Police Chief; The Younger Owned a Hardware Store

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What kind of information will I typically receive with my Family Tree packet?

Typically you will receive copies of the Census records (Federal and State), Military information, Immigration information , Tax records, Wills, Probate and any other relevant documents I can find. This is in addition to all of the Pedigree Charts.


 In a few instances I have found pictures of ancestors, or of their houses/farms, gravestones, obituaries etc. This is rare, but it does happen. I try to include information that will allow you to see what your ancestor's life may have been like - 

Did he fight in any wars? 

 What were their occupations? 

 How were they doing financially? 

 They had HOW MANY CHILDREN?!!

She Was Taught Well As A Child Then Went on to Teach

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* I already sent you my information but my great-aunt has just provided me with more details! What now?

Great! Contact me right away by phone at (908) 414-1850 or email at [email protected] The sooner the better!

* I'm getting this Family Tree done as a gift for someone and need it soon! Can you help?

I always try to accommodate my clients and will work to complete your Family Tree as soon as possible. Let me know in the beginning that it is needed quickly and I will adjust my schedule accordingly to help you out. Always include your phone number(s). ALSO: If your Tree can absolutely not be finished in time for the gift, I do have a Certificate I can email or postal mail acknowledging that a Family Tree is in progress. This can be made for any occasion. Click here to see a Birthday Sample:

SAMPLE GIFT CERTIFICATE - Click Here

* I’ve contacted other research services and genealogists and they charge between $50-$150+ per hour.    Why do you have such low rates?

Genealogy is my passion. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old. I have even written two books on both my parents' lineages.  It was the most fulfilling experience of my life.


 I want to share that feeling with others by helping them discover their roots. I only charge enough to cover my time and expenses. There’s no huge profit here. I consider what I do a service to others. It’s my calling in life.                                                                          *If you want to see excerpts from my books I will be thrilled to send you some.

* I'm ready to start! What should I do?

Great! You can call (908) 414-1850  or email me with any questions or jump right to the Let's Get Started Page and follow the 4 Easy Steps. You can send the papers and payment right in, or you can call me to tell me they're on their way. (This allows me to adjust my schedule) It's NOT complicated. Just fill in what you know.

I still have questions – what now?

PLEASE – call me at (908) 414-1850 10am-8pm E.S.T, 7 Days, or email me at [email protected].com. I’d love to hear from you!

Do you guarantee you will be able to find my ancestors?


 **While I have had very many great successes, there is never a guarantee that your particular ancestors can be found. 


 Census takers sometimes missed people, courthouses were burned, and in some areas, records were just not kept. 


 I will do my best to find out what I can about your Family Tree. However, research into your Tree is based on hours worked and payment is due regardless. You will find my rates extremely reasonable at just $37 per hour! (Excessive print-outs, copies, & postage are extra)


When a "Brick-wall" is hit, I recommend rather than stopping at it, to go around it!  By following both paternal and maternal lines I have gotten back to ~1300's with some very colorful stories. 

 

Please keep in mind:

Federal censuses are mostly reliable, 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 deliberately falsified.  Some people may have lied for various reasons:  To get married,  to avoid or join the military, to make a baby legitimate, immigration status, vanity, etc.  It's not uncommon to see a woman shave a decade off her age from her 1st Census until her last.

 

Census takers missed people, misheard people and were 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 nickname or a different spelling. 


Take into consideration one situation from my Family Tree that kept me in knots for many years.  I had 3 ancestors "JAMES VOORHIS"  (Grandfather, Father & Son) but I could not find them in the census records or practically any records!  This perplexed me terribly.  Well, after several years I discovered that each of them went by their MIDDLE names.  I knew from family records they were all named James, but in census and even burial, they went by their middle names.  (you can see in the picture below I am next to one of their gravestones)  - "Henry Voorhis" is all that is on his stone!


Sometimes information comes pouring out, 

sometimes it's a drizzle 

and sometimes it's a drought.  


I cannot guarantee you that I will be able to provide you with a perfect pedigree chart or with dozens of ancestors, but I CAN guarantee you that I will put my whole heart into YOUR Family so YOU can have the same feeling I get when I discover something about my Heritage. 


 I want this to be successful as much as you do.  Genealogy is my Joy!

Success Stories- More on HERE.

"My father's sister started tracing our Family Tree a couple of years ago. She could not believe how expensive it was and how much of her time it was taking. She abandoned the project after about 9 months - then we contacted you. I can't believe how quick you found the information. 


 We very much appreciate your efforts and the fact that we now go back 6 generations on my paternal great grandmother. Thanks for the documentation too. Even though it's hard to read, I appreciate having it. Your work was great and I am happy to write this testimonial for you."

A.S. Linden, NJ

"I couldn't believe it when you showed me how I descended from William Brewster of the MAYFLOWER! - My kids were so proud to tell their classmates and my oldest girl got extra credit in history for writing a report about him!" "I would refer any friend to use your service." E.K., Westfield







Here is an older picture of me at the resting place of my 3rd Great Grandparents - Beech Flats Cemetery,  Troy, Bradford, PA.  I traveled               202 miles and spent a very long time walking the cemetery to find their (and other family members') graves.  

James Henry Voorhis 1820 - 1888

Harriet Hines 1825 - 1899


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