Professional Research Services

Whether you'd like a comprehensive report covering many generations, a quick record search, or something in between, I will be pleased to assist you in learning about your early Ontario ancestors.

I offer the following types of services to help you trace your family tree:

If you would like a free assessment of your research needs and what I can do for you, please contact me by email with as much information as you can provide about your family and your research goals.

Why should you hire me?

  • With over 25 years of research experience, I can quickly determine which sources are most appropriate for your objective, thus saving you hours of time and frustration.
  • My expertise allows me to accurately interpret difficult records such as those written in old script or "legalese".
  • I have access to many records that are difficult to research from a distance, including my own exclusive indexes.
  • While I cannot promise positive results, I can guarantee that I will search diligently and that all of the information provided will be accurate, thoroughly documented, and fully explained.
  • Genealogical research is my passion and every new family tree is an exciting challenge, so solving your puzzle is not just a job for me, it is what I love to do!

For more information about my qualifications, please see about us.

For a list of the records and repositories I can search, please click here.


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Professional Research Plans

Introductory Plan -- $375
Standard Plan -- $675
Deluxe Plan -- $1100

Introductory Plan

This plan offers eight hours of analysis, research and reporting time, plus a detailed research report, photocopies of all documents, and a computerized family tree chart. In this time it is possible to assess your research needs, develop a research strategy and search basic records such as birth, marriage and death certificates, census records, city or county directories and probate records. If your earliest known ancestor was born after 1875, then this might be a good choice for you as it will most likely be possible to identify at least one, if not two, additional generations of ancestors.

Price: $375

Standard Plan

This plan offers fifteen hours of analysis, research and reporting time, plus a detailed research report, photocopies of all documents, a computerized family tree chart and family group sheets for each nuclear family. With this package it is possible to devote a larger proportion of the time to archival research and thus to investigate a greater range of records including land and church records. If your earliest known ancestor was born before 1875 then you will want to select either this plan or the deluxe plan. This would also be a good choice if you wish to learn more about the lives of your ancestors than the "vital statistics" of birth, marriage and death.

Price: $675

Deluxe Plan

This plan offers twenty-five hours of analysis, research and reporting time, plus a detailed research report including a description of the research results, a narrative summary of your family's history, computerized family tree charts, photocopies of all documents, maps of the region, and where possible, illustrations or pictures (i.e. of churches, houses, landscapes). You will get the best value for your money with this plan as it allows for intensive research without costly interruptions. A wide range of resources can be consulted in multiple repositories in order to delve deeply into your family's history.

Price: $1100

To order one of these research plans, please contact me by e-mail for details.


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Individual Record Searches

Each of the following records can be searched for a set fee. Prices are per item (one marriage record, one household in a census, one surname in a directory).

Census: Census records cover the entire province and show every member of every household for the years 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911. Information varies by year (gets more detailed over time) but generally includes full names, ages, birthplaces, religion and occupations of adults. Price: $40 per township, town or city ward (except 1901 and 1911 Toronto for which each ward is $80, and $140 for an entire county.

Civil registration: These include records of virtually all births (1869-1910), marriages (1869-1925), and deaths (1869-1935) across the province. Price: $40 for a 5-year search.

Newspapers: Many old newspapers have survived from 1793 to the present. These can be searched for announcements of birth (uncommon before 1900), marriage (fairly common from the 1860s), and death (very common from the early period), as well as local events and business advertisements. If you don't know which newspaper to search, I will search the closest available. Price: $40 per 5-issue search.

County marriage records: These records cover the period from 1858 through 1869 and include virtually all marriages performed in the province. Price: $40 per marriage.

Wills and Estate Files: Wills can contain a wealth of information about surviving relatives. Estate files for people who died without a will usually provide the names of all surviving heirs and often their relationship, age and place of residence. Records are available from 1791 to 1960 for all of Ontario. Price (1791 to 1900): $40 per county. Each additional county is $15 or $140 for the entire province. Price (1901-1960): $45 per county. Each additional county is $20 or $140 for the entire province.

Toronto City Directories: These records provide the name of the head of each household, his or her occupation and address. Most years from 1837-present are available. Price: $40 per 5-year search.

To order an individual record search, please contact me by e-mail for details.


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Hourly Research

In some cases, paying by the hour may be a more suitable option. I charge $50 per hour, plus expenses such as photocopying and postage, with a minimum block of time of ten hours.

If you would like an estimate, or recommendation of the best option to meet your needs, please contact me by email with as much information as you can provide about your family and your research goals.



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