Genealogy and Family History and related Research Services
Lecturer and Author on Genealogical Topics
We provide a variety of research services in support of genealogy, family history or history research projects. "Some" of what we do includes (and is not limited to):
State Library of North Carolina & State Archives of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC)
Wilson Library (UNC, Chapel Hill, NC)
Rubenstein Library (Duke University, Durham, NC)
She has also performed research work or done photography anywhere in NC from Greensboro to Wilson to Fayetteville and beyond.
Increased use of DNA testing is adding another tool to the genealogy research arsenal. Increasingly, the research projects that we work on involve obtaining documents to support DNA test results or to bridge the gap from what's known to what the testing suggests as a common ancestor (or ancestral location.
Remember, DNA test results only have value if substantiated by thorough documentation -- they DO NOT tell you who your ancestors are!!!
Feel free to ask about the pro's and con's of DNA testing, some of the surname projects that we have worked on and how DNA testing might benefit your ancestral research.
As with ALL genealogy research -- if you don't truly want to know the answer, Don't do any research. This is especially true with DNA testing which doesn't lie!
We have personally spent over 750 hours researching individuals/families from Belarus, Finland, France, Galicia and/or Poland, and the UK. This means have experiences with records of these countries, emigration ports and passenger records, census records, birth/marriage/death records, cemetery records, directories, citizenship (naturalization) records and more.
Historical research or other types of research using the resources of the already mentioned repositories or others.
+ historical book projects
+ in support of tv series (a few episodes of WDYTYA)
+ script support
+ house or building history
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS ...
Diane regularly gives presentations, lectures, talks and workshops on genealogy topics. Whether it's research tools, databases or NC-specific research topics, consider engaging Diane for your next society, library/archive, or similar meeting. Details about currently scheduled talks can be found on the home page and on the presentations page is an archive of recent talks.
She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Interested in having Diane give a talk to your society, please Contact Us.
Given that people make history and that history helps define people, we are more than happy to do these types of research! If it involves researching historical people and/or places ... that's what we have been doing since 1987.
Just drop us a note or leave a phone message with your needs and we'll let you know how we might help you.
NOTE: Emal communication is preferred since it ensures that we have the most accurate information about your request. Though we try to respond to emails and phone messages on the same day, that is not always possible. Do know that we will respond as soon as practical.
Meeting with the Pritchett Cousins at NC Archives (Fall 2015)