Services We Provide
Mosaic Research and Project Management
We provide a variety of services in support of genealogy, family history or history research
projects. "Some" of what we do are:
- Research & photography at local repositories, cemeteries, court
houses et al -- including and not limited to NC Archives, State Library of NC, Olivia
Raney library, UNC CH Wilson Library, Duke, Library of Virginia, NARA, LOC and other
repositories as located in NC, VA and DC
- North Carolina Research -- whether your family was just passing through or
stayed in the state for generations. We have unique access to the records of North
Carolina by living in its capital, Raleigh! We can help you with any records available at
the NC State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina. This means we can either
do "specific" records research for you or you'll know that we have these resources
available to us as we research your NC family.
- NC African-American Research -- there are some unique challenges to
researching African-Americans whether ancestors were Free Blacks or Slaves.
- Research in the records of VA, TN, SC, GA and all states adjacent to
NC and then between the east coast and the Mississippi River. So
many migrated out of NC (and VA) and ended up in GA, TN, AL, MS et al and so "most"
projects include research into one or more other states.
- Bridging DNA Test Results with Research -- Increased use of DNA testing is
adding another tool to the genealogy research arsenal. Increasingly, the research
projects that we work on involve obtaining documents to support DNA test results or to
bridge the gap from what's known to what the testing suggests as a common ancestor.
Remember, DNA test results only have value if substantiated by thorough
documentation -- they DO NOT tell you who your ancestors are!!!! Feel free to ask us
about the pro's and con's of DNA testing, some of the surname projects that we have
worked with and and how it may or may not benefit your ancestral research.
- Emigrant families who came to the United States between 1880 and
1920 -- We have personally spent over 750 hours researching individuals/families
from Belarus, Finland, France, Galicia and/or Poland, and the UK. This means we have
experiences with records of these countries, emigration ports and passenger records,
census records, birth/marriage/death records, cemetery records, directories, citizenship
(naturalization) records and more
- General Research -- Increasingly we receive inquiries about doing research to
- historical book project
- tv series
- building background, like on "History Detectives"
For any of these projects, the research may be to learn more about an individual or family
involved or something of the history and/or people of the place and time in question.
Given that people make history and that history helps define people -- we are more than
happy to do these types of research! If it involves researching historical people and/or
places ... that's what we have been doing for over 25 years! Just drop us a note or leave a
phone message with your needs and we'll let you know how we might help you.