I Research Dead People

in steem •  10 months ago

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Genealogical, Archival & Historical Researcher
With over 20 years of experience.
I love connecting people to their past.

I can help with:

  • Tracing ancestry (this can be personal, or as a wonderful heirloom gift to commemorate milestone events such as a birth, or a wedding anniversary)
  • Creating family tree databases (using computer software)
  • DNA research (incl. mirror trees, contacting relatives)
  • Publishing records to online genealogical-based websites
  • Creating computer gedcom (universal) files (with these you can upload them to other programmes or websites, share them with relatives for them to upload, etc)
  • Collating family history stories
  • Attaching photographs and documents (electronically) to databases
  • Ordering documents (incl. birth, death, marriage)
  • Producing ancestral and descendant pedigree reports
  • Creating printable trees
  • Computerising family history information
  • Tracing descendants
  • Producing oral history questionnaires (which you can then use to gather information from living relatives)
  • Small museum and historical society databases
  • Fact-checking of family rumours & legends
  • Help prepare trees for family reunions
  • more
    I specialise in researching countries such as New Zealand, Australia, the UK & Ireland, and the US & Canada.

    Each project is individually tailored, and flat rates are offered in 10-hour blocks, plus expenses (if any). Smaller or significantly larger projects (such as those for museums) quoted upon request. Complete discretion assured.

Payments accepted in both fiat (NZD) and Steem.

Please contact me to discuss project and cost, via:
Email: ravenruis@gmail.com
Discord (via DM) ~ @ravenruis
Facebook (via PM) ~ Facebook

As a special introduction, I am offering a 15% discount on your project's first 10-hour block. This offer will last until midnight (NZ time UTC +12.00) on the 31st of January 2018.

Understanding where we came from, who we came from, and how we fit into history is something I love helping people achieve. No matter what lies ahead of us, once we have a tangible link to the past it can change our perception of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.

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(picture courtesy of google images)

In upcoming related posts I will be presenting some examples of my work, as well as post about the process of having my DNA tested, and other uses for genealogical research.

Also, if you'd like to follow me, look out for any possible competitions I may devise, where the prize will most certainly be an hour's worth of research time from me.

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage" — Alex Haley

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Hello young lady, this is super interesting!

I don't think your e-mail link is going to work though, I think you've just linked straight to gmail.

Thanks!

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Thank you for gentlemanly pointing out my minuscule error in correspondence. ;)

Fixed! phew

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An excellently prompt fixing!
I know most Steemians could just leave a comment, but I thought if anyone happened along here from Google then it'd be easiest for them to click the e-mail link to contact you.

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I was trying to hide it from spam bots. sigh Can you tell how super-techy I am? lol

My mother in law is super into this kind of thing as has spent money with ancestry.com.

Good luck!
With love from me,
JGV

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It is such an addictive hobby for many people. I hope your m.i.l has had some great success. :)

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thanks muchly :)

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I shall remember you if I ever pick up working on my family tree again :D

It's one of those projects I really do need to make time for but that at least other people can pick up and making more time requires never sleeping again at this stage XD

goatsig

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Sleeping is so overrated anyway. lol :D

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That's what I keep trying to tell me! But then I keep malfunctioning and glitching due to not getting enough DX I need eithera cure for aging or a cure for sleep to be able to get all the things done ;D

goatsig

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lol, I hear ya! :D

This is amazing! I have been slowly working towards finding out my real ancestry, because my mom is really mixed (as far as I know), and my dad is also slightly mixed, and I've never been able to get an accurate description from asking the elder family members.

I recently just got an AncestryDNA test kit for Christmas, which I hope will give me some answers. The thing is I'm from Asia, so I do wonder how accurate their database can be if they're UK-based. What do you think? :)

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Hi @redrica :)
I am always happy to hear of someone researching their ancestry, so I wish you every success!

As for the Ancestry DNA testing - they are actually based in the US, even though they have different websites (I don't know why, it can be very confusing - let alone the differences in subs). I'm sorry that I don't know any statistics for their Asia collections, but from what I have read (and why I have recently sent off a kit myself) they do have the largest database of people who have tested with them so the chances are greater of finding matches than with other companies. I had my first test done through FTDNA.
When you get your results you might like to consider getting a FTDNA a/c also and xfering your data across (copying, really) so that you have an even greater chance. Let me know and I'll give you more details about what is involved, if you are interested.

Still, the DNA testing cannot be a substitute for old-fashioned research, but it is a support tool to help steer you along the right track. :)

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Awesome! And yes I agree, I'm sure it'll need much more work than just a DNA test. Will definitely be talking to you again, after I've done that first step!

Very glad to have found you on Steemit :)

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My pleasure!

I did have a check on Ancestry regarding their Asian records - and disappointingly there are very few; and if you narrow down to which particular country you might be wanting to researching in the resources available will drop even further. I certainly hope they are working on increasing their database in this area.

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Ah shame! Well I hope my data will at least help in increasing their Asian database.. Thanks though for checking!

I will send my sample off tomorrow, and will let you know when the results come back :) Are you on steemit.chat or discord?

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Discord. I'd love to hear what you think of your results. :)

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Great! Will let you know :)

I think it's very interesting to learn the history of a family, for example... When my grandfather was alive, I asked him about our relatives and thus saved some of our history.

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Oh, that is brilliant nearbird. So often we don't think about something like that until it is too late. I know I didn't manage to collect much information while I could have done.

How does one get into the business? I've always been fascinated with the whole thing but I don't know where to start. I love researching and I love history. What better way to combine both than with this!

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Oh I know, it is absolutely the best of both worlds!

Getting into it - well, it starts off as a hobby see, and then cemeteries become the most exciting places to visit, and when you meet someone new you ask about their ancestry and wonder whether there is a chance you are related ... lol.

I might make a post on how to start off, because there are lots of things that can be covered, and helpful. No one tells you it should come with a warning though - caution, addictive! :D

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Oh that would be awesome! Looking forward to it! I hope I can make it a profitable hobby haha!

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Well, get your own done first, then start begging your friends ... ;)

Hmm¿ How does your research work around sailors and navy personnel who 'marry' overseas in several ports? And do foreign celebrants question the names given at such dockside marriages? 😇

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I guess, for a start, you'd have to know which time period/s these people were in. Rules certainly change over time so what someone might have been able to get away with (e.g bigamy) easier during the 19th century, today it would be far more difficult.
Then you'd have to look at which country they originated from, and which navy they were in. There's no guarantee there would even be records, but you never know ...

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Easy, here in west Island pre WW1, because my aunties were all much older than Dad, and Dad was born after he and his mum survived the Spanish Flu in 1919. While his Dad who had been a RN Shipwright, building the ports of Australia had barely arrived home in Portsmouth UK before the War ended. When i arrived in Australia, no-one with my surname was in any early seventies telephone books, but now ive seen some who hail from Freemantle in WA, which was one port my granddad built. So, i was obviously wondering, how much they might know of Albert John or ¿
Anyway, ive no money for any of that at present, i'm the younger son with a daughter who was taken away as a baby by her irish catholic mother, so my eldest brother's eldest might wish to know one day.
~ To you i write, as i was studying this lunch a Steeleye Span was playing. This got me to put a whole selection on the digital player. Gaudette played. It made me think of your question about the ladies headscarves. And i thought you might wish to tentatively ask of some of those old folk singers of their research. You must have heard of Maddy Prior¿ You will, i'm sure have listened to or sung along with, the unacknowledged hymn of the IRA, in All Around My Hat. The song, Gaudette sung in latin was written by Michael Philip McGlynn.
There were alot of singers, songwriters¿ in Steeleye Span, such songs as John Barleycorn, Prince Charlie, The Victory, had to have been researched. I did Singing Together in british primary school back in 1960, which featured many olde folk songs popular in their day, The holly and the ivy, or the Cornish anthem A Trusty Sword, or RN's Come All You Sailors Here, Come Draw Near, Come Draw Near...
So, when Steeleye Span started in 1969 it already had a broad base of likers even if our first love was Beatles and Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull. Starting an enquiry with Maddy Prior, if she will, might prove very beneficial.
Just a thought, from listening to Gaudette. 😇

"Understanding where we came from, who we came from, and how we fit into history is something I love helping people achieve. No matter what lies ahead of us, once we have a tangible link to the past it can change our perception of ourselves, the world, and our place in it."

A statement that can only be made by someone who both understands and appreciates culture, history and the value of our ancestors. Thank you.

I just launched my site to list all the businesses accepting STEEM/SBD.
Your business is listed there :)
You can read about it here.

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Oooh, thank you so much! A great initiative. thumbs up

(just one small thing - my name has been misspelled slightly, so if that could be fixed it would be great :) )

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Just updated. Is it correct now?

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Perfect, thank you!