Curious and eager to learn more about your ancestors?

You'll love our Ancestor Stories

Photos of example of reports
Click here to view the first three pages of a sample report

Each AnceStory includes:

  • A narrative about your ancestor including facts such as birth, marriage, death, military service, migrations, addresses, occupations, parents, siblings, children, and more
  • Family-tree diagrams of ancestors and descendants
  • Historical context for the time period during which your ancestor lived
  • Citations with attached historical documents
  • Notes that may include suggested reading, maps, photos, further research ideas, and other interesting tidbits

If you’re ready for the stories, we’ll find them for you. Our unique mix of genealogical research experience, writing skills, organization and project management expertise, and sheer persistence bring your forgotten family history back into the light.

Over just a few short weeks, we’ll follow every lead to learn as much about your ancestor as we can, then craft a report for you that tells their story. Each report includes everything we found about your ancestor, family-tree diagrams, and historical context. Every fact is sourced, and many citations include an attached historical document with your ancestor’s name on it.

Right now, you are curious and want to know more. In just a few weeks, you could know more. Isn’t it time you find out?

What You Receive

Each AnceStory client receives two booklets. The first is the Report, which includes the story/narrative of your ancestor, citations, family-tree diagrams, and historical context. The second is the Appendix, which includes images of many of the historical documents cited in the Report, and the notes. You will also receive a USB thumb drive that contains PDFs of the Report and Appendix, individual historical documents (as PDFs, PNGs, and/or JPGs). A large family-tree poster can also be included for an additional cost.

Report example does not show all pages.

The digitization of historical records around the world have made it easier (though still not necessarily easy) to build our family trees and discover not only more about our known ancestors, but ancestors previously lost to us.

Check out Kristy’s Story for how we found information on her long lost aunt and for an example of the type of research report we provide.

Building trees, along with advancements in DNA testing, enable us to find long lost cousins and gain estimates of our ethnic makeup, but enable us to learn many stories about our ancestors that, until now, have been hidden away in libraries, court and property records, and other historical documents. It may now be possible to find out when our great-great grandmother was born, who her parents were, and what they did to get by. We may learn what ship our ancestor sailed on from foreign ports to land on American soil for the first time, beginning an new chapter of family history.

But be warned. DNA testing and family history research can also lead to some unexpected consequences; not only can we make discoveries about our ancestors that we may not be particularly proud of, such as that they were imprisoned or were slave owners, but, especially when we DNA test, get a little more than we bargained for, such as that Dad is not our biological father or that our beloved first cousin is no biological relation at all.

Most people want to know all of it, the good and the bad. Nothing can help us feel more grounded, while more alive at the same time, than knowing the story of where we came from.

There are many reasons you want to conduct genealogical research.

Brick Wall

You have a puzzle or question and can’t find any answers, or don’t know where to start looking.

​Family History

You want more information about a specific ancestor or family line, such as where they lived, how many family members they had, what they did for a living, or where they emigrated from.

Time

You don’t have the time to conduct all this research yourself, or aren’t really sure how to do it anyway.

Why Work With Us?

We don’t guarantee we’ll be able to provide you with absolute answers—historical records sometimes don’t answer the ‘why.’ We do guarantee we’ll use all of our expertise and persistence to satisfy you to the best of our ability.

Research by the hour

These affordable packages are ideal for record searches or DNA match analysis (for example, if you’ve taken a DNA test at Ancestry.com). Click on either for more details.

6 HOURS  $179

12 HOURS  $299