|There are times when the most diligent researchers become stuck at
difficult "brick walls" in their research. Sometimes, they need a
search of records that is too time consuming to ask volunteers for help
with. Perhaps a volunteer who offers that particular lookup or service
can't be found. (Have you checked the list of lookup offers and links to
other lookup services on the Lookup Help page?)
Some people simply don't enjoy the thrill of the hunt that comes
with doing their own research, or perhaps they've always been curious about
their family history, but just don't have the time or patience that's required
for genealogical research.
We've tried to list professional and/or experienced researchers who are established or reputable, come highly recommended by people whose judgement we trust, or with whom we have personally worked in the past. However, please be aware that we don't necessarily endorse or guarantee the services of any of these research professionals or organizations. This list is provided for information only, based on numerous requests we've received for such a list. Questions, research requests, fee structures, arrangements for payment, or complaints must be handled strictly between you and the provider whose services you are considering.
|Oakland Public Library - History Room
According to their webpage: "...we can provide lookups in Oakland City Directories, California county histories, Oakland birth and death certificates, 1870-1904, and other Oakland History Room indexes. We cannot provide research in the Alameda County censuses or voting registers. Each search is limited to about 1/2 hour of staff time. Extensive original research cannot be accommodated by mail or e-mail.
"Copies of Oakland birth and death certificates, death notices or obituaries
from local newspapers may be requested by mail for a donation of $2 each.
We can do up to two searches per patron per month. Please enclose a self-addressed,
stamped envelope and allow 2-4 weeks for us to respond to your queries."
|Margaret Posehn--Genealogy Research Services
I have the California birth indexes - 1905-1995; the California death indexes 1905-1999; and the California marriage indexes 1949-1986 - I will search the indexes free for five entries at a time. I also do research through out all of California in the newspapers, etc. Please see my web site for more information.
|California Genealogical Society
"The society offers lookups in films held onsite, including vital record, probate and newspaper indexes, as well as a reasonably priced extended research service to solve more difficult research problems. Holdings and services are described more fully in the online catalog and research portions of the CGS Web site."
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