FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH Identifying ancestors and/or descendants, tracing lineage, and demonstrating relationships.
This includes a review and analysis of all information and material provided by you, formulation of a research plan, research, an in-depth report on my findings, full source citations, as well as supporting documentation. You will also receive a GEDCOM file of your tree and other reports (if applicable).
Can be focused on one person, family group, branch, or full tree.
Can also apply to a specific problem, question, or event.
This research is done on an hourly basis. Regretfully, I am unable to estimate how many hours of research are required to achieve a specific result, but I suggest working with 10 hours blocks. Once the number of hours allotted has been reached, we can evaluate the progress made and if the objective has not been met, you can decide if you'd like to continue.
I ask for a deposit of 50% of total amount authorized before work begins, with the remainder invoiced at the time my report is delivered.
RECORD SEARCHES Individual record searches based on the information provided by you. You will receive a copy of the document and a letter detailing the record(s) found based on information provided. $50* + reproduction costs (if applicable)
Records available: Canada Census Records (1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906*, 1911, 1916*, 1921, 1926*) *Prairie Provinces only. One household search. The Federal Census occurred every 10 years, with the addition of the prairie provinces where a population and agricultural census occurred every ten years between 1906-1926. Newspapers Newspapers can be searched for birth, marriage and death announcements as well as provide color to your family history if they were mentioned in local events. Vital Records Civil registration of births, marriages and death were required by law starting in 1882 in Manitoba. Births (1882-1919), Marriages (1882-1939), Deaths (1882-1949). It should be noted that during the early years, not everyone complied. Wills and Estate Files (1870-present) Estate files can provide valuable information about the deceased as well as information about surviving relatives. Directories (1880-present) Land Records + many more...
If there is a record you are looking for that is not listed above, please contact me and I will assess if I'm able to access it for you.
RECORD RETRIEVAL Not in the area but need a record from the archives? Know what you’re looking for, but don’t have access or the time to go searching for what you need? Given the details of what you’re looking for, I can do the leg work to find and retrieve the record(s) you need.
An index entry, reference number, or other specific information is required.
$25 + reproduction costs (if applicable) 20-page limit per item. Additional pages are an extra $10.
ONE-NAME BASIC MANITOBA SEARCH A great option for newcomers to genealogy that gives a taste of an ancestor's life. A search of one surname (one person or couple) throughout their life/ lives in Manitoba. You will receive a letter detailing the record(s) found based on information provided, copies of census records, and newspaper articles.
You will need to provide the surname, given name(s), and location (if known). Any other information such as birth year, religion, occupation, etc. may help identifying the correct individual(s).
Records can include:
Census records (1870, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916, 1921, 1926)
Red River Settlement census records (1827-1835, 1838, 1840, 1843)
Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Tribune + over 100 more publications in Manitoba
Manitoba Vital Statistics index* (1882-1949)
Manitoba Estate Files index* (1870-1984)
*Index entries of records, not the record itself.
$150 includes up to 5 census records, 5 newspaper issues, 1 civil registry search, and 1 estate file search.
It is possible that none of the above records or only some can be found. Change of name, transcription errors, relocation, non-participation, etc. may all be reasons why they may not be found. Further research may be needed to overcome such problems which is not included in this service. If such a case occurs, it will be detailed in the letter provided. If none of the above records can be found, the $50 minimum record search fee will be required.*
GENETIC GENEALOGY By interpreting autosomal DNA test results from most commercial DNA companies, I can help you to understand what they mean. Using DNA matches in conjunction with genealogy research to determine relationships, I can fill in your missing branches or find long lost family members. This type of research can be especially helpful for adoptees, people with unknown recent parentage events, and misattributed parentage events.
This research is done on an hourly basis. Regretfully, I am unable to estimate how many hours of research are required to achieve a specific result. Because of the nature of this type of research, I would suggest no less than 20-25 hours for projects where the main focus is to identify how a DNA match is related to you or someone else.
UNKNOWN PARENTAGE / ADOPTION Whether it’s navigating the process of requesting open adoption records with you, working to locate biological family with the little information you have, or using DNA to solve a mystery, I can help. My personal adoption experience and unique background and training in counselling allows me to assist you as you explore this sensitive and complex area.
RESEARCH PLAN DEVELOPMENT Sometimes you just need a road map to follow in your research. I can review your research to date as well as your supporting documentation, and formulate a written research plan. This includes a summary of background information, analysis, and a list of collections to search which you can follow to help you achieve your family history goals.
ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATION Maybe you want to make discoveries yourself but don’t know where to start or want expert advice on how to research your Manitoba relatives. I’m happy to provide one-on-one personal coaching where we will review your research, I will provide an analysis, offer suggestions, point out any potential road-blocks, and provide you with possible sources to consult on your search.
One hour in-person meetings or video-calls can be arranged. $40
Have a project that isn’t listed here? Contact me with details and I will see if I can be of help!
*Please note that research outcomes cannot be guaranteed. The time spent researching when no useful information is found is just as valuable as the time when it is. For this reason, no refunds will be made. For more information about research possibilities and limitations, visit the FAQs page.