Genealogy Research

What is it?

Professional research into the ancestor, family, or genealogical problem of your choosing. Research is available in hourly installments, with most projects beginning at 15 hours. Final products may take the form of a research report or narrative.

Final product.

Most research projects are delivered in a report format. Narratives are paragraph-style with genealogical numbering, and may be delivered digitally or printed in book form.

  • Research report: A comprehensive account of findings and analysis, including images of relevant documents, maps, or photographs.
  • Narrative genealogy, pedigree, or lineage: Beyond birth, marriage, and death dates, a genealogical narrative tells the life stories of your ancestors. Narratives place ancestors' biographical data within historical, socioeconomic, political, and religious context.


Projects begin with a retainer and are billed in installments. Hourly rate for both research reports and narrative projects is $90/hour.

Record Retrievals

What are they?

Photography and copying services for records at repositories throughout the New York City metropolitan area. This service is ideal for distance researchers who know exactly what record they're looking for, such as vital record copies from the New York City Municipal Archives. Cemetery photography also available upon request.

Looking for a search of records, and then retrieval? Check out Genealogy Research.

Final product.

Record copies are available in digital or print formats:

  • Digital delivery: High-resolution images, complete source citations, and fast turnaround.
  • Printed and mailed: The best choice for certified records, copies are insured and mailed overnight.


Below is a selected list of repositories. Additional repositories available upon request:

  • New York City Municipal Archives
  • National Archives at New York City
  • Courthouses and court archives in New York City's five boroughs, from Surrogate's Courts to the Bronx County Courthouse
  • City Register Offices for Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx
  • Richmond County Clerk's Office (Staten Island land records)
  • New-York Historical Society
  • New York Public Library
  • Center for Jewish History, including the YIVO Archives
  • Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • Morgan Library & Museum
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Queens Public Library
  • Local cemeteries, such as Green-Wood Cemetery and the New York City Marble Cemetery


Both digital and mailed record retrievals are offered at a discounted hourly rate. Additional expenses may apply, such as record fees, transportation costs, postage, and the like.

One-on-One Assistance

What is it?

Discuss your brick wall problems with a pro. Get personalized advice, including fresh research techniques, source types, and collections to help you reach the next phase of your family history research.

Appointments also available for introductory DNA analysis. Learn what tests can and can’t tell you, and how to begin interpreting your results.

Final product.

One-on-one assistance is offered in 30- and 60-minute increments by phone. This is a great option for distance researchers and for those planning research trips to the New York City area.

DNA appointments are available in 40-minute increments, with 20-minutes of preliminary review by the genealogist.


$50 per half-hour. Easy scheduling and payment available online.