Research Services

imageGenealogy Research Packages to Consider. Any package can be individualized to meet your objectives. 

The Foundation. Getting Started.                                Genealogy research starts with you as a child in your parents household, confirming basic facts-birth, marriage, deaths-for you, siblings and parents. A birth certificate, for example, cites parents, residence, dates, place, perhaps occupation or citizenship. It is a primary, original document. Proof.
    Then you move to the next generation, your grandparents (two sets) and gather the same original, primary proofs, plus other available documents. You move from generation to generation (no skipping) to establish accurate kinships.
    Your collected data must be documented, recorded in your software (and/or paper files), and filed, hopefully for easy retrieval!       


   Package #1.  Review and analysis of the work you’ve done. A report will be prepared for you with analysis of the documents you have gathered and their value as evidence, sources for proving your data, and possible suggestions for further research. 
   Package #2.  Foundation Built for You. We will develop a family line foundation for you based on information you provide, and basic research we gather, documented and analyzed. A full report will be provided, the data formatted with family group sheets, research log and recommendations for further research. 

Historical Research
   Your ancestors lived in history! As we do today, our relatives lived in communities and times that impacted their everyday lives, occupation and income, education, religious practice too. Were they leaders in the community? Good neighbors, making a difference? Many ethnic groups settled in Iowa, contributing to the culture which in many places, is still proudly celebrated. Were your ancestors German, Norwegian, Scandinavian, Irish, English or Dutch? 


    Package#3. Historical research of a place and time. Research includes report on a historical time and place, event or settlement of an ethnic group in Iowa. Social, historic history of the place where your ancestors 


        Find your ancestors in Iowa….here’s the process…

Ancestor Research Iowa offers a FREE consultation to get started…

Let’s talk!  Email me (, or complete the Query form below, including a brief description of your research goal. I will contact you, preferably by phone, to discuss your Iowa ancestors and what you’d like to discover about them. Clarifying your objective is important to creating a research plan to meet your goal. 

The next step is reviewing your research related to the individual or family of interest. As mentioned, building your family tree accurately depends on starting with a firm foundation. You are asked to submit copies of your research, documentation, family group sheets, etc.  To avoid charges for duplicate work, we ask that you provide all relevant data. 

After careful review of your research, Bonnie will create a work plan based on your stated goal, which will describe the resources and repositories will be consulted in the research process. The plan will also state the estimated hours for research and compiling a final report, which includes the review of submitted materials and development of the research plan. This plan and a contract will be sent to you for review.  I will answer any questions you may have regarding the plan and/or contract, of course. 

Research begins once we have received a signed contract and the retainer (50% of the estimated hours fee). All research, including negative results, will be logged and documented. Documents and any evidence collected in the research process will be part of the final report created for you. You’ll be given an estimated completion date and we may be in touch to clarify information or update you along the way. 

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