Thursday, December 27, 2012

HIre Me? You can either take bids from all who use genealogyfreelancers or put For Bastropcc in the title and I will specifically get the task of helping you. Profile: I have a lot of resources available to me as a professional genealogist. My sources are many online paid subscriptions to libraries, special collections, major genealogical sites, paid vital record sites, books, newspapers as well as all the free sites. I also have available to me the Texas State Library and Archives which houses a wide variety of records from all over the world. This includes access to Native American enrollment applications and rolls, immigration records, Oaths of Allegiance and ships manifests. Along with the resources, I have the experience to know where to find and how to analyze information to garner even the smallest clue to try and solve the problem at hand. I work a large amount of adoption projects while others may not. These are the most difficult types of projects but I have been successful in the 10 that I have worked so far. This does not mean that I would be successful if your project is about adoption as each case is different. I may come up with nothing which is what is supposed to happen, instead of being successful like I have been. My experience is vast. I've researched families in most of the US states, Canada and England. When I started listening to my grandmother's stories, I began researching my family, my husband's family and every one else that needed the help. I began building family trees and doing research before genealogy websites were available and I was there at their inception. This experience has evolved into my becoming an expert in my field as well as having 4 websites, one on, one related to DNA testing and 2 devoted to specific surnames. This hands on experience and self study courses have provided me the ability to conduct extensive research on special problems, analyze the information and bring the projects to a satisfactory conclusion. I also offer follow up help to those who have been my clients. I welcome new projects and leave no stone unturned in trying to find information to further your family's history. I am a previous contractor for and am a Certified Genealogist. City/Town: Smithville Country of service: United States-all of the US, Native American Categories: Archive Research, Genealogy Research, Pedigree Charts, Live Relations Search, Heirs & Probate, LDS, Heraldry, Military, DNA, Native American, Jewish, Family Historian, Civil War, DAR, SAR, Online Research, Preliminary Research Plan, Genealogy website design/development, Mentor, Look Ups Language specialties: No Language Specialties Member Since: 2011-01-24 23:44 Member Type: Gold member. Country of residence: United States-all of the US Level of expertise: Professional Specialist Associations or Organizations: Association of Professional Genealogists National Genealogical Society Education experience: Credentials: AGA and NGS

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How to find a Professional Genealogist

With the web being ablaze with the news of Ancestry's stopping their Expert Connect Service, many might say "stopping what?" Started a coupld of years ago, those who used Ancestry's services might have noticed the button to Hire an Expert. Anyone, from all over the world, could create a project, state their budget amount and what they needed help with. An Expert, prescreened and accepted via credentials, would then bid on the project. The Ancestry website brings thousands of family historians to their site, whether by a free 14 day subscription or one of their tiered subscriptions.

Since many professional genealogists use Ancestry's online services this was a happy marriage between the two levels of researchers, to include those that started their trees and found they either didn't have the time or desire to finish it.

Now that this service has been stopped and the connection is being severed, the "Experts" are finding a new home with Genealogy Freelancers at

You can also visit the Association of Professional Genealogists and search those who are credentialed.

Ancestry to cancel Expert Connect services.

Here's what we received on 1/24/2011, and given a ten day notice.

Dear Expert Connect Service Providers,
In March of 2009, the newly formed Expert Connect team mailed hundreds of invitations to outstanding providers of genealogical services like you, with a message to come join a new marketplace called Expert Connect. Since that time, thousands of people with a gift for research and a desire to make some money have signed up as independent professionals. Expert Connect has been a great place to engage clients, pick the work you like to do, and have all financial transactions handled for you.
Though this service has been a positive experience for many of you, has decided to focus on other business priorities. As of March 18, 2011, Expert Connect will no longer be a service that will offer to its members. New project postings, bidding and awards will be discontinued February 3, 2011.

We expect that many of you may still be working on current projects with clients that have come through the Expert Connect service. We fully encourage you to finish out these projects over the coming months, and if needed, continue relationships with the clients you have made connections with along the way.
As some of your research projects may take longer to complete than March 18, 2011, please use the Message Board to exchange direct contact information with your clients. Make arrangements to do your remaining projects off of Expert Connect, directly with your clients. You will, of course, also need to arrange an agreeable payment method directly with your clients. Then, use the 'Modify Terms' tab to cancel your project on the Expert Connect system.
To prevent engaging in new projects that will also take you past the March 18, 2011 date, do not post new projects, or bid on any projects as of Feb 3, 2011.
We thank you for your involvement in Expert Connect and for sharing your expertise with customers.

If you have any questions or comments about please contact us at:

The - Expert Connect Team

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My favorite Genealogy Resources

Someone just sent me a link to WorldVitalRecords because they have free databases until 11/30/2009. I liked it. I have a subscription to Ancestry so I'm not sure if I need another one. I'll have to browse more and see what all it has to offer. Look for the banners for some of my favorites, on the left side bottom. I think some ads automatically show below my blogs too.
Here's some more: Ancestry, myheritage, LDS, Footnote, familyrelatives, newspaperarchive, familytreemaker, rootsweb, familylink, legacy, findmypast, surnameweb, Intelius, cemeteryspot, mygreatbigfamily, genforum, gencircles, familytreedna and rootsweb. (of course put www. in front and .com behind the word)

Success in importing old blog

Ok that was easy. It does sort by date so to find my old research concerning the Daltons, James and O'Kelly, go to the bottom.

Importing old Blog

Ok, I'm going to attempt to import my old blog. We'll see how it goes...

Bastrop County, Texas Blog

Ok, I'm joing this century and creating a blog about Bastrop County, Texas and genealogy related things.  Not sure how often I'll post things but if you don't know, here's the link to the main TxGenWeb site
Bastrop County, Texas

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

State Funeral

As I watch the State Funeral for former President Ronald Reagan, I think of the many traditions associated with this event. I remember watching a TV show talking about the black draped stand that the casket sits on and which President's caskets were held by this stand during the funerals.

This is an event that children should watch because of it's historical meaning. It would be something they remember in their old age. I remember the deaths of former presidents but didn't watch the funerals at those times. I'm glad I'm able to witness this event as it doesn't come often and is an important tradition for Americans.

Friday's events should also be seen. I think these State Funerals show the importance of this office, even when the men have left the positions.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Valentines Day

Tried to scan the microfilm and it didn't work on any of the settings. Gave it up for now.

Still trying to link blook relations to the Dalton, James and Youngers. Did find that Sarah Purcell, dau of Thomas Purcell, was married to Charles Younger but have to see if she is related to the Red Rock Purcell's or other families.

Friday, February 6, 2004


Went to Temple VA Hospital today. I always like traveling up 95 to Temple, through Bell County. Still lots of active farms, black dirt, and the small towns have the old buildings by the railroad.

My thoughts of Janet Jackson and the superbowl stunt: I always thought the Jackson's were a bunch of boobs anyway.

Just a few more weeks and my daughter will be home from Japan where she's been stationed for 3 years, on her way to her new duty station.

Finally received another digital camers. Had a HP 630 and dropped it. Bought a 735 from Ebay and it's great. With a 64mb card it will hold 400 pictures at the lowest setting, the other held 140 at the 2nd setting. Now can go back to the courthouse to get more images of old court records to put on the website.

Now just have to find an inexpensive laptop.

I was given reels of microfilm which contain Bastrop Advertiser images. Bless the lady's heart that loaned them to me. I've been trying to figure out how to copy them to the website. I have a new scanner that scans 35mm slides. I think I can put the microfilm in there and treat them like slides. If that works I can put all the Advertiser online. Fingers are crossed.