Sara's Genealogy Research
Sara's Tip of the Month:
DNA is only as good as those around you. Lately, I have found so many want to find their roots. They spit in a tube, mail it off and hope to find all of their long lost family in the next month or so. Once their results come in, they look at their pie chart to see exactly 'who' they are and then comes the fun part - connecting with those elusive cousins! Sound familiar?
Lately, I have been working to connect DNA research from the 4-6th generation matches. This means that you and your 'match' share a grandparent from 4-6 generations ago. Each person has 4 grandparents from their current generation and that number doubles for each generation you go back, so once you get back 4-6 generations you are working with a heap load of grandparents to sort through.
This is part of why it can be really difficult to determine how you connect with this match. Unless you see a name you recognize on their family tree, assuming they have one, you are in a for a lot of work. I try to use the limited number of closer matches to my advantage to help sort out this 4-6th generation.
If you can find how those 1-3rd generation matches connect to you, then look to see any 'shared matches' you have with that match. It helps to put them in a family group so later on you can look at each group of matches as a whole. There is still a lot of work to do but at least you know about where in the family they come from. Happy Hunting!
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. 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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