How do I get started?
We offer free initial consultations, so there is no risk or obligation to contact us with questions about your family history. During your consultation, we will ask questions to get a sense of which services will be best for you. Contact us here to get started.
What will I find out?
Depending on available records, you will learn about the world of your ancestors. Lynnfield Historical Consulting makes every attempt to discover where they lived, what types of work they did, where they were buried, whether they served in the armed forces, and other details. If nothing else, you will learn their birth and death dates along with their full names. One of the advantages of hiring a genealogist is that we have the experience and tools to uncover family histories in a more timely fashion than the average layperson can.
What information does Lynnfield Historical Consulting need to get started?
The more information you can offer up front, the better. To avoid charging you for duplicate work, our search will begin where your information ends. At least have the following:
- If there are any quirks or useful facts about your family (different surname spellings, adoptions, etc) please pass along that information as well. It can help us dig deeper into the records.
- Names of your maternal & paternal grandparents + the dates and locations of their births (& deaths if necessary)
- Names of your parents + the dates and locations of their births (& deaths if necessary)
- Your name + the date and location of your birth
What if I hire you and you can’t find my ancestors?
It must be understood that nothing is guaranteed in the field of historical research. Dead ends do exist, particularly concerning illegitimate births. Some information was simply never recorded, and other information may have been lost to fire or deterioration over time. We will use all resources available to fill in your family tree in the allotted time. Your written report(s) will include all successful and unsuccessful searches to ensure that future research does not duplicate those queries. However, even if some details cannot be found or confirmed, charges will not be adjusted because legitimate research was conducted.
How much does it cost and how can I pay?
Please visit our genealogy pricing page for information on our packages. For now, we accept cash and money orders as payment. Very soon, we will accept online payments through PayPal. You will receive an invoice, and all parties will sign an agreement outlining the services being purchased.
How confidential is my information?
All research conducted by Lynnfield Historical Consulting is held in the strictest confidence. We will never disclose information obtained to any third party without written instructions from our clients. We take data protection and privacy very seriously.