Services & Rates

We specialize in Polish Genealogical Research

No two genealogy projects are the same. While each research project has similarities, each customer has different expectations. Some customers just want help filling out an existing tree, others want the same with full source citations.

We like to speak with our clients before each project is started.
Before we begin if you have done an prior research we suggest you send copies of any information you have . This will help prevent duplication of previously researched or known information and cuts down on time and costs.

Phase 1 – United States Records

We find it best to trace your family from the 1940’s back to the point of immigration before we jump the pond and gather Polish records. This “preliminary” research gives us and you a better understanding of where your family lived, what they did for a living, who their relatives were and helps build a better portrait of your family.

Note: If you have already done this preliminary phase, we can review what you have and determine if we can locate any online Polish records, thereby skipping this part and moving to Phase 2.

The records we locate during this phase include:

  • Census and voter lists – Census records give a wealth of information on where the family live, if they rented or owned, a listing of household members, possible boarders or other family living with them, job information and income, number of children born vs living and other details.
  • Birth, Marriage & Death records – In these records we may locate birth, marriage and divorce documents. We may also discover children that passed or marriages that were kept hushed.
  • Church and school records – sometimes with photos!
  • Immigration & Travel records – This by far is the most important of our finds as this helps us locate information regarding the point of entry into the United States. Not everyone came through Ellis Island! Some immigrants crossed the boards from Canada, or came in through other ports such as Philadelphia. These documents contain information regarding:
    • where the immigrant was headed and who they were staying with
    • where they were born and the last place of residence.
    • whom to contact back in the fatherland and where they reside
    • How much money the immigrant had on hand
    • Other marks on these documents help us determine if your ancestor became a naturalized citizen. If they did, we can help you obtain those records.
  • Military records – These records include Draft, Enlistment and Service records. WWI and WWII draft notices, Casualties, Soldier, Veteran & Prisoner Rolls & Lists, Awards & Decorations of Honor and more.
  • Newspapers Articles – We have access to numerous newspaper archives. We find things like old obituaries, marriage & birth notices. These records generally help families recall cousins they may have forgotten about.

Phase 2 – Polish Records

Many Polish records are now available online. There are literally thousands of sites with this information. But finding them is a task in itself! We subcontract with a few the best Polish genealogist in the world! We do this to save you time and money.

  • Birth, Marriage & Death records are generally available. In some instances, only indexes are available and our researcher must travel to the archives to gather the actual documents. You get digital copies of all the documents we can find.
  • Translations:  Many of these documents are written in various languages. Typically, records are found in Polish, Russian, German and Latin. We translate those records for you giving you all the details within.
  • Record gaps and missing records: Sometimes there are gaps in the records or books are missing. Some have not been released by the church. Each area is vastly different. Some archives go back hundreds of years, some only fifty years.
  • Onsite searches:  We can do onsite searches. Our contacts go directly to record offices in your ancestor’s hometown. There they are able to search records less than 100 years old. This require you to complete and sign document in front of a notary granting the researcher permission to research these records on your behalf. This phase can be really rewarding as living family members may be found!
  • Living relatives: If we locate living family, our researcher can visit them and help you make contact!


Pricing

Our hourly rate is $50 per hour. From our experience we suggest 10 hours of time for most research projects. As the research is being completed, we keep you up to date as far as time and what we have located. We like to stay in frequent contact with you to keep you informed. If we do not use all the allotted time, you are refunded!

5 Hours of Genealogical Research – $250   
You get 5 hours of professional genealogy research.
With this package you’ll receive:

  • Research Report – A summary of the results of our research and suggestions for the next steps you can take in your research.
  • Digital images of the all the documents we find.
  • Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheets.
  • GEDCOM files provided upon request

Please note that all documents (report, documents, calendar) are delivered electronically. Hard copy versions are available for an additional fee.

 

10 Hours of Genealogical Research – $500  (suggested)
You get 10 hours of professional genealogy research.
With this package you’ll receive:

  • Research Report – A summary of the results of our research and suggestions for the next steps you can take in your research.
  • Digital images of the all the documents we find.
  • Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheets.
  • GEDCOM files provided upon request

Please note that all documents (report, documents, calendar) are delivered electronically. Hard copy versions are available for an additional fee.

 

View from the tower - river in Krakow.

View from the tower – river in Krakow.