Research Services

ARI offers TWO types of genealogical services:


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1st. Family or individual genealogical research which includes searching for documentary evidence pertaining to the client’s defined research objective. The objective may be to find a specific ancestor, a specific life event and location, or a whole family line.

The process includes a review of the client’s existing research relative to the client’s objective. Please note that the client is responsible for providing copies of their research to the researcher. After reviewing the clients documents and a consult to  clarify research goals, a specific research plan will be created, then sent to client, with a contract, for review and approval.  When goal is established, contract is signed, the research begins!

As per the research plan, Bonnie seeks evidentiary documents and materials that substantiate the facts. All  findings will be analyzed and a full report prepared for the client, to include all documents found, including negative findings.

Please note that the ancestor and family may be Iowa residents, but if they migrated from another state, records from that state my be sought to answer the question stated in the research plan and objective.

2nd. Review and Evaluation of Your Research. People interested in genealogy have varying skill levels. You may have done some research and gathered a pile of documents. Now what? Not sure how to organize the information or record it, document and analyze the “evidence” you’ve gathered? Do you have a plan?

We can help! We will review your work so far, make suggestions about the research process, recording your findings and help you write a research plan.

Bonnie and the client discuss goals and needs, then a focused plan will be prepared, and an agreement prepared with specific objectives stated and hours determined.


 Free Consultation – Let’s talk!  Complete and email form below, with a brief description of your research goal or needs. 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. 

Complete the form below for a Free Consultation!

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