Sara's Genealogy Research
Sara's Tip of the Month:
Have you ever wondered about the health of your ancestors? I was recently reading a military pension application for a man who was denied added any added monthly benefits for his maladies. While I don't know how you could prove being a Civil War soldier caused his issues, it sure read like this guy had sincerely suffered in the 50 years since he was discharged from the Ohio Infantry.
I am in awe of how tough our ancestors were. I see how the minor issues I have dealt with over the past few years such as tennis elbow changed the way I now pick up a glass of water. I can only imagine how our ancestors carried on without all of the modern conveniences and medical options that we have now. I ended up at the orthopedic doctor and received a cortisone shot and when it came back I got another.
Unless you are lucky enough to have an ancestor who participated in the military and applied for a pension, you will probably not know of all of the issues your ancestors dealt with. But sometimes it is worth the time and attention to detail needed to check and see what you can learn. You may find references to illnesses or ailments in obits or death records or even the census which noted issues such as being blind or deaf.
Will it make a difference in your research? Maybe or maybe not but don't skip over the 'cause of death' or illness parts of each person's history. Later on that may come to help explain some issues you or a family member has been dealing with that seemingly came out of nowhere. Happy Hunting!
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Sara is a member of the following genealogical organizations:
* National Genealogical Society
* Association of Professional Genealogists
* Ohio Genealogical Society
Services include minimal to extensive family history research with the flexibility to handle special situations on a case by case basis. Costs are based on hourly research fees and expenses are always extra. Clients are kept informed along the way and given options, when available, to keep costs to a minimum.
All clients are offered a free initial consultation via email. This begins with requesting a summary of any previous family history work you have done and what your ultimate goal is in this project. The information is then reviewed and a research plan is formed to locate the information you are interested in. Only after you have agreed upon this plan is the retainer required to begin the actual research. This process tends to give the client a satisfying end result.
Sara Skotzke, PLCGS began her career as a professional genealogical researcher in 2002 after several years of researching her own family history. Her belief is that continuing education is a fundamental part of enhancing each client's family history experience. As part of this, in 2015, Sara completed the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies with distinction.
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