Sara's Genealogy Research
Sara's Tip of the Month:
What will happen to your family research when you die? This is an issue that comes up every now and then and to be honest, I have yet to make a decision as to where my research will go.
Sadly this has come up again with the knowledge that a distant cousin, Kathy Binder Gair, has passed. There were four of us cousins who shared our family history research back and forth over the last 15 years or so, Now there are only two of us left!
Kathy was someone I would never have known if I wasn't researching our family tree and I will always be grateful for her timing. She emailed me one day which led to us meeting in a mall parking lot near my Dad's family during a visit to Michigan. She was so enthusiastic!
Over the years, she would call me when she found some tidbit of information that most people could care less about but for Kathy the hunt was the best part of genealogy. I remember one time she was telling me about a photo of one of our ancestors that had been seen hanging in a hotel near Bad Axe, MI so that was her next research trip that she was taking. These research trips she went on were always entertaining to hear about. RIP Kathy, you will be sorely missed!
Interested in learning more?
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. I have found 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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