Unlocking the Past

At Vivid Family Research, getting started is simple: your initial consultation is always free.

Answer a few basic questions about the history or family member you are interested in researching, and I will do the rest. Or, if you have a specific family research question or know which direction you want the research to go, I can tailor the report to meet any need you have.

In order to optimize your report and give you my full attention, I strive to work with a maximum of two clients at a time. After the research has started on your project, I will deliver a PDF report to you via email within 2 to 3 weeks (less than one week if your research is very narrow; possibly more than 3 weeks if your research is larger in scope). I may reach out to you for clarifying follow-up questions during your project, so please be available to respond.

If, after an initial search, no records or documents can be found for your research question/s, then you will be given a short report explaining all of the avenues taken to try to find the information and you will not be charged any fee.

In all my research, I commit to using the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), the guideline for establishing proof and reaching a sound genealogical conclusion.

The five elements:

  1. Conduct a reasonably exhaustive search
  2. Each statement of fact has a complete and accurate source citation
  3. The information gathered has been analyzed, correlated, and interpreted
  4. Any conflicting evidence has been resolved
  5. The conclusion has been soundly reasoned and well written

Services

Red Leaf Package

5 hours of research - $225.00

This package is ideal for starting a basic family tree project. It helps to answer the question “Where did I come from?”

  • A FREE initial consultation to see which direction you want the research to go
  • Copies of all records, indexes, abstracts, articles, etc. found during the research
  • Pedigree chart or family group sheet showing the ancestral generations, if applicable
  • Suggestions for further research
  • A written report (with citations) analyzing the information found

Blue Leaf Package

10 hours of research - $400.00

This package includes broad research of your family tree. You may choose to search one ancestral line several generations back (if records are available) or choose a more general search of your ancestors.

  • A FREE initial consultation to see which direction you want the research to go
  • Copies of all records, indexes, abstracts, articles, etc. found during the research
  • Pedigree chart or family group sheet showing the ancestral generations, if applicable
  • Suggestions for further research
  • A written report (with citations) analyzing the information found

Purple Leaf Package

20 hours of research - $600.00

This premium package offers the best value and most thorough research.

  • A deep dive into your ancestors to create a fuller picture of how and where they might have lived
  • A FREE initial consultation to see which direction you want the research to go
  • Copies of all records, indexes, abstracts, articles, etc. found during the research
  • Pedigree chart or family group sheet showing the ancestral generations, if applicable
  • Suggestions for further research
  • A written report (with citations) analyzing the information found

Custom rate for general genealogy research

$50.00 / hour

This is a perfect choice if you need a simple answer to a specific research question. I will update you on my progress at 5-hour intervals.

  • A FREE initial consultation to see which direction you want the research to go
  • Copies of all records, indexes, abstracts, articles, etc. found during the research
  • Pedigree chart or family group sheet showing the ancestral generations, if applicable
  • Suggestions for further research
  • A written report (with citations) analyzing the information found
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Privacy Policy

Vivid Family Research will not sell, trade, or transfer your personal information to anyone, unless express written permission is given or required by law enforcement.

Terms and Conditions

  • Genealogical research findings cannot be guaranteed. Some records have been damaged, destroyed, or lost to time. Vivid Family Research (VFR) will make every effort to thoroughly research to answer your questions and meet your goals.
  • After VFR and the client have agreed on the research question/questions to be answered and after the agreed upon research package has been chosen (or the special hourly rate), VFR will begin your research in the order of the above mentioned being completed. VFR strives to give 100% full attention to each client, therefore, VFR works on a maximum of two research projects at a time, unless otherwise noted.
  • VFR accepts Visa, MasterCard, Venmo, PayPal, and personal checks as forms of payment. Payment is due upon completion of your project, before receipt of your report.
  • You agree that you have read and understand the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions.
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