Photography of tombstones, locations, etc.
Clients will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis for projects of any size including full-family
reconstruction, as well as difficult "brick wall" problems. We specialize in persons of early Virginia, especially Augusta County,
though it may be necessary to carry over projects to another location when following clues. Frequently we follow families back to
the progenitor and the location from where they emigrated.
Hereditary Lineage Societies Research and Preparation:
DAR/SAR- We've prepared hundreds; and Janie is a member of more than 40 lineage societies, thus her expertise in application protocol is unsurpassed.
HOW TO REQUEST SERVICES
We are pleased to accept research projects in our areas of expertise on a first-come basis.
Below please find information about fees and conditions of research. If all agreeable, print and sign the Contract (highlighted below) and return, along with your deposit, any pertinent data as well as your list of questions or goals.
Cost is $35 per hour for research, analysis, and report time, plus copy and mailing fees.
In some cases, travel fees apply. A minimal deposit is required.
We accept payment by check or money order.
Letter and Deposit
We work on a first-come basis, and sometimes have a waiting list, but if you would like your work placed on it, please send a letter
relaying your goals, problems or questions, and what references you have already checked, if any.
Please include a family group sheet if you have one.
In addition, a non-refundable deposit of $105 is required which goes toward the first 3-hours of research time. You may send any amount of deposit (over $105),
and you will be billed the balance upon completion of the project. Full payment must be received before the report or application is mailed or emailed.
We will supply you with a comprehensive report of findings, both positive and negative. As the time frame for each project
is different, turn-around time varies from project to project. We can assure you, however, that we treat each research project as if we were
conducting the work for ourselves; thus you can be assured of the quality of the report you will receive.
Of course, it may be that your answer is NOT here. Nevertheless, after our search, you will know exactly what has been searched and the results. Knowing what is not here in itself can be beneficial.
Our simple Contract is required for service. Please complete and return the contract denoting if there are any restrictions in terms of research hours or fees, or if you would allow us to search
all the best sources in order to find your answers before sending the report. (The latter is our preference, and more cost efficient for the client, as we don't have to quit in the middle of
the project.) Please see below a link to the contract for your perusal.
Click here to download Research Contract (PDF file)
Click here to send us an email
or call Janie at (540) 280-2727 (cell).
Your packet should include:
1) Research Request Letter as to scope of project
3) Family Group Sheet and any other pertinent data
Janie Sherman, 701 Donaghe Street, Staunton, VA 24401-2838.
We look forward to working on your family history.