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June 13, 2018

Are you only finding 5% of what is available

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Dick Eastman Blog

Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information?

I recently received a message from a newsletter reader that disturbed me a bit. He wrote, “I have been doing genealogy research for 10-15 years but only through the Internet.” He then went on to describe some of the frustrations he has encountered trying to find information. In short, he was disappointed at how little information he has found online.
I read the entire message, but my eyes kept jumping back to the words in his first sentence: “… but only through the Internet.”
Doesn’t he realize that 95% of the information of interest to genealogists is not yet available on the Internet?
To be sure, many of the biggest and most valuable resources are now available online, including national census records, the Social Security Death Index, military pension applications, draft cards, many passenger lists, land patent databases, and more.
The national databases were the “low hanging fruit” a few years ago as the providers of online information rushed to place large genealogy databases online. These huge collections benefited a lot of genealogists; these databases were the first to become indexed, digitized, and placed online. We all should be thankful that these databases are easily available today and are in common use.
As the national databases became available to all, the online providers moved on to digitize regional and statewide information. State or provincial censuses, birth records, marriage records, death records, naturalization records (which originally were recorded in many local and state courts), county histories, and much, much more are still being placed online.
Of course, this is great news for genealogists who cannot easily travel to the locations where the original records are kept. For many of us, this is even better than having information on microfilm. Most of us don’t have microfilm readers at home, but we do have computers.
Yet, I am guessing that 95% of the information of interest to genealogists has not yet been digitized. Why would anyone want to look for genealogy information “… only through the Internet?”
State censuses, birth records, marriage records, death records, naturalization records, county histories, and more are all “work in progress” projects. That is, they are not yet complete. In fact, I doubt if all of them will be available online for at least another two decades! If you only look online, you are missing a lot.
In many cases, church parish records, local tax lists, school records, land records (other than Federal land grants), and many more records are not yet available online and probably won’t be available for many years. If you are limiting yourself to “… only through the Internet,” you are missing 95% of the available information.
If you have the luxury of living near the places where your ancestors lived, I’d suggest you jump in an automobile and drive to the repositories where those records are kept. There is nothing that matches the feeling of holding original records in your hand. Make photocopies or scan them or take pictures of them or do whatever is possible to collect images of the original records.
Which option would you prefer: accessing 5% of the available records or 100% of the available records?

{c} Dick Eastman Blog

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July 19, 2017

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Kind regards, IR  Northern Ireland

August 28, 2015

Call in the professionals. Hire an expert researcher now.

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Reasons to hire an Ulster Ancestry researcher to unravel your unsolved family mysteries.

The decision to hire a professional genealogist need not be difficult. You can benefit greatly from hiring a professional if you are in one or more of the following situations:

  • Encounter a difficult stumbling block that requires expert advice from a 3rd party.
  • Hit a major block in your research which you cannot get past.
  • Need help researching your family tree due to a lack of time, or experience.
  • Want to locate records of  birth, baptism, marriage or death before civil registration
  • Require personal access to the archives in Northern Ireland
  • Have a complex research project that really needs professional input.

Our researchers are resident in Ireland with easy access to all local Archives including the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office.

Tell us what you want and we will tailor our work to fit your specific needs.

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March 31, 2015

Bite Size Genealogy

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We are now offering an added service to meet an ever increasing demand for simple look ups at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland at a  reasonable cost, with a quick turnaround.

Many dedicated family historians have carried out a great deal of work themselves over the years. The information they have, has been collected from a wide range of sources, some of it verified by a checkable reference, some unfortunately not.

Others have vital “gaps “ in their tree, perhaps an entry of birth or marriage that can only be found in a local Church register.

With a view to making their research and their family story as complete and as accurate as possible we get an increasing number of enquiries for specific targeted look-ups for a wide variety of things.

This research might take 30 minutes or maybe an hour, sometimes longer depending on the nature of the search, but there is no time limit for this look-up service It can be any number of hours you like.

I like to call this “Bite Size Genealogy”

If you have such a request please send it to me via


I will tell you first if the search is feasible and if so quote you a “one off, all in” fee to carry it out and deliver the results via e mail.

So if this sounds like the answer to your research problem then formulate a request, send it to me and I’ll get back to you by return.

 For this look up service payment you will need a Paypal account as this will be the preferred method of payment for these small orders.


October 19, 2011

Living heirs and missing family

Ulster Ancestry carries out missing heir and estate research in Ireland, for law firms, Public Trustees offices and estate administrators. We identify living relatives and provide official certified documentation to show their relationship to the deceased. We have many years of experience carrying out this specialist work in Ireland.
You can save you time and money by putting our expertise in finding living relatives to work for you.

We charge a basic hourly rate plus disbursements working to an agreed budget.We do not usually accept percentage based fees offers.

Ulster Ancestry’s research experts can help you when:

· An estate or trust distribution is held up because some of the beneficiaries cannot be found;
· When proof of relationship to an heir is needed;
· When due diligence is requested by the courts;
· If you need help identifying from historical records, biological family members who are still living.

Why use Ulster Ancestry for Missing Heir and Estate Research?

Ulster Ancestry researchers have become experts in the field of locating missing family members in Ireland . We are readily available to you by telephone and email. You will be corresponding and working directly with the genealogist researching the case.

How to get started

Contact us and we will be glad to discuss your case needs, plan the way forward and provide a free estimate.
As an administrator or estate lawyer, you will be asked only to authorize a specific number of hours research or a budget figure. We do not ask for any financial retainer in advance.
If the search needs to continue after the first research session, you would be required to authorize additional research based on a specific number of hours. Our research blocks are typically 16-24 hours in duration, but can be any agreed number of hours.

What to expect

We will produce a full summarised report of the search showing family relationships, and a complete list of sources examined. The latter is particularly helpful in proving to a court that due diligence was undertaken.
We typically complete research blocks within 8-12 weeks. We can expedite research, if requested. Please contact us for more information or to get a search under way today.

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