Genealogy

I help clients discover, organize and preserve their family histories.  With guidance, it’s fascinating and fun right from the beginning!

There are many ways to organize family tree information, but for most people, I recommend an online tree using Ancestry.com.  See my blog: http://sarah415.com/why-organize-your-family-tree-online/   Ancestry.com offers the most and the best records, has a sophisticated search engine, and is a beautiful and well organized website.  However, the site is complex; beginners can get lost or distracted.  For those unfamiliar with basic genealogy research techniques, I show you how to identify the right information.

 

Beginning Lesson: Introduction to Ancestry.com

Three-Hour session: $250

In a 3-hour one-on-one session, I’ll walk you through the steps of opening an account and setting up your online family tree*.  Starting with either you or your parents, we will enter basic information: birth, death, marriage, etc.  Then we’ll search for proof in the form of online records, which we’ll attach to the ancestor’s page.  During the 3 hours, we’ll create individual pages for your parents and their siblings, and your grandparents and their siblings.  The time flies!  I’ll show you the best and most professional ways to record information to your tree.  We will look for other family trees that share your ancestors, and along the way, probably discover some distant cousins.  We’ll also be able to view scans of the original United States Censuses and other records.  I’ll show you how to use several free online sites to check for additional information, or to clarify what you’ve already found.

Please call or email for more information, and to receive a FREE half hour of genealogy research:

by phone: 415-221-6126    by email: sarah415info(at)gmail.com

 

Rave Reviews

I already had quite a bit of information about various ancestors, but I didn’t have it in order and wasn’t sure how to get it sorted out. During one delightful afternoon, Sarah Hirsch set me up with an account on family research website ancestry.com. She explained how to use its many features to organize the information I have and how to do the research to find new discoveries. Sarah is such a patient teacher! The time flew, so after Sarah left I kept working, diving further and further back in my family tree. Sarah got me off to a great start, taking all the frustration out of the process. I didn’t know that building my family tree could be so fun!

Margaret Lukens
Burlingame, CA

 

I had wanted to start a genealogical search of my family history for some time, but wasn’t quite sure how or where to begin.  I had heard about the different websites, municipal offices and libraries where such information was available, but was still unsure as to which would be the least complicated yet efficient method of research.  Sarah made it simple.  In less than twenty minutes time she had my own family tree up and running, discovering old immigration and census records for both sides of my family.  I was thrilled to see and read the information that online tools generated and I look forward to further exploring my family history with Sarah’s guidance and support.  I highly recommend Sarah Hirsch to anyone interested in exploring their family’s history, whether they be a beginning or experienced researcher.  Her skill and expertise have been invaluable in helping provide a rich and wonderful insight into our family heritage.

Pat Kelly   Buford, GA

 

*New members receive a 14 day free trial, which is enough time to start a tree, get familiar with the site, and find out how much you enjoy it and how deeply you want to get involved in researching your family’s history.  Ancestry.com requires a credit card for this.  However, they will not bill your card until the end of the 14 day free trial.  If  you don’t want to buy a membership, there’s plenty of time to cancel before your card is charged.  Without a paying membership you won’t be able to continue using the site’s research tools, but you’ll always have access to your tree and will be able to add information from your own records.  And, a paid membership doesn’t have to be continuous.  For example, teachers often cancel  their memberships in autumn and then resume during summer vacation when they have time for research.