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Genealogy Tip of the Day!
Is There a Hidden Wife?

If all records indicate the wife of your ancestor is “Mary‚” keep yourself open to the possibility that the ancestor could have been married twice to women with the same first name. If other details about the Marys are very inconsistent‚ it could be that there were two Marys instead of one.

Prior to commencing research it will be ensured that your requirements have been fully understood and that the likelihood of success has been communicated to you.

Research will be conducted as far as possible from original source material and transcriptions and other secondary sources where used will not be relied on as fact.  Original documents will be included with the research report as far as possible when this is not possible due to copyright a full and accurate transcription shall be made.

Authoritative source material will be used to prove your ancestry where necessary more than one source will be consulted. For 19th and 20th century research you will be provided with copies of the original birth and marriage certificates which were obtained to prove your ancestry as well as cross referenced census information.

Ambiguous results will be communicated to you with such wording as possibly or probably and will not be cited as fact.

All stages of research will be recorded and all source material will be cited in the research report.

The Timescale for research will be communicated in advance and you will be sent regular communications to keep you up to date on the progress of your research.

Where appropriate preliminary searches will be conducted free of charge to ensure that the research is feasible.

Please Note: You can contribute to the thoroughness and success of this search by providing as much information as possible about your ancestor and his or her relatives. Sometimes the form will ask for more information than you are able to provide. If thats the case simply leave the space blank. Record searchers must have some parameters to perform a search. At a minimum you must estimate dates and places of events. Although it takes more time than filling in this form you might want to send a pedigree chart family group record or other details or instructions that might help get the best results. Its more convenient and faster to send additional information by e-mail. Many customers prefer to save time by sending GEDCOM files containing information pertinent to a search as attachments to their e-mail messages.

Record searchers are not responsible for nor can they guarantee the presence or absence of an ancestors name in any record. When employing a professional record searcher you are paying for the time involved in performing the search not the results. By providing accurate detailed information you will help record searchers distinguish your ancestor from others with the same name.


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