Genealogy Research Services
We believe our ancestors want to be found, as much as we want to find them.

About Finding Grandpa And Mary Van Dyke

Finding Grandpa:
        I started this business because I believe that genealogy research services should be kept simple, and not cost an arm and a leg for those of us who just want to find our "grandpas".

        I do not want to charge a lot of money for this service.  On the contrary, my family and friends had to talk me into actually charging a fee for my work.  I have a strong aversion to taking advantage of your emotions (your desire to find out about your grandpa and where your family was from) by asking for money in return.

        However, I understand there are a lot of people who really want to know more about their ancestors, but don't have the time to research, or don't know where to begin or how to build a well documented family tree.  I want to help those people.  I want to show that family members are more than a bunch of names on a page, and that they often had very interesting lives!
        
        If I can't help you somehow, I will suggest ideas for you -- at no charge.


Personal:
        
Although I am not certified yet, I have been doing genealogy research since 2003.  I understand the critical need for accuracy, attention to detail, proving relationships with supporting documents and notating logical conclusions.  I know documenting sources is a critical factor in genealogy, and every find must have some kind of source notation.

        I was a bookkeeper for a manufacturing company for six years prior to starting this business, and have been in the customer service and/or accounting fields since 1978.  Paying attention to details was critical in my careers.

        I have organized a family reunion in 2009 in Loughrea, Ireland, from my home in New Mexico, in which over 100 people were able to attend.  I enjoy working logic puzzles, and I truly enjoy "the hunt" for missing grandpas and their families.


Volunteering:
        I have volunteered my services to various organizations.  I have been asked to give a class to a local LDS Family History Library on "How I Found My Irish Ancestors" and have given the same class twice for a local Irish genealogical society.

        I have transcribed records several times for the LDS website
FamilySearch.org.

        My husband and I are volunteers for the website
FindAGrave.com and have uploaded several thousand photos and names to their data base.  We once photographed the entire internment register for The Carmelite Abbey Cemetery in Ireland.  A woman who lives in Australia, found her great-great grandparents, whom she had been looking for 30 years, in the listing of names buried there.

        I am a volunteer on the new website Ireland Reaching Out, which can be found at
Irelandxo.com.  This organization was created to help people re-connect with living relatives from parishes all across Ireland.  By having a wide variety of volunteers, it offers many "man on the ground" opportunities to ask questions like: "I'm searching for the Sweeney family from Loughrea.  My great grandmother, was born in 1865 and moved to America in 1892.  I think her mother's name was Bridget and her father's name was Peter.  Could anyone help me with any further information?"

        I have freely helped many individuals either by: finding their missing grandpas; building their family trees from scratch; given them clues on where to search next; or by cleaning their online Ancestry.com family trees and proving the information was correct.  See my page "Success Stories" for more.
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