Hoffman Genealogy Services

What to Expect:

Genealogists generally start with a specific research question to answer. For example: Who was your paternal grandfather?  I can help you decide where to start or how to continue your research. I will conduct a diligent search to uncover data to answer your question. It is important to know I cannot guarantee to find the answer you seek. Even if information is found, records can be incorrect, conflict with other information or are sometimes intentionally wrong.

As a professional genealogist, I will follow the Board for Certification of Genealogists Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).

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Each presentation is one hour in length. Travel time and expenses are additional charges. They vary with location and are negotiable. No travel expenses are charged for presentations in the twin cities metro area.

Introduction to Genealogy – Answers the question, I’m new at this, how do I get started?Walks beginners through the basic elements, forms and steps to start genealogical research. It explains how to identify objectives, understand basic records and organize research.

Census Records – More than just names – Let me count the ways!Explains what information can be found in census records and includes strategies and tools for problem solving using this information.

Naturalization Records – A treasure trove of genealogical informationProvides an overview of the naturalization process and how it has changed over the years. You will learn how to find naturalization records, what information they contain and how to interpret them.

Vital Records – Birth, marriage and death documentsExplains where to find and how to make the best use of these valuable resources.

Problem Solving Using Cemetery RecordsExplains the types of cemeteries, the kinds of records they prepared and strategies for successful cemetery research.

Researching at the County CourthouseCourthouse records contain information about your family from cradle to grave. Births, marriages, deaths, deeds, mortgages, wills, probate files and guardianship records can all be found at the county courthouse. This session will familiarize attendees with these records and research strategies.

Case Study in Genealogical Problem Solving – Was that the right George W. Baker?Participants will develop enhanced skills and tools for analyzing and comparing evidence to increase their success in solving genealogical identity problems. This presentation covers timelines, spreadsheets, comparison tools and more.

apg memberI am committed to maintaining the highest professional standards and as a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, I abide by the APG Code of Ethics.

To review the Code of Ethics or for help in finding and selecting a genealogist go to the APG website.

Shirleen Hoffman, Genealogist

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