It is your choice whether to focus on one direct line, all 8 great-grandparents, or any ancestor that strikes your fancy. Surmount those brick walls with exhaustive research, corroboration of information, and a genealogical proof argument.
Immigration and Migration
Immigrants have flocked to the shores of Massachusetts since 1620. Later centuries brought subsequent waves of people. Some settled--others moved on, migrating away to settle Canada and the US. I can help you trace their paths.
I am a level III Member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG). I work in two areas of forensic genealogical study:
• Military Repatriation: In 2009 the United States Congress sent a mandate to the military to step up their effort to bring back the remains of servicemen left behind in previous conflicts. I work under contract with the US Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch to find next of kin and potential DNA donors to help with identification of remains.
• Dual Citizenship: Individuals with foreign-born ancestors can sometimes apply for citizenship in their ancestral nation. Wading through the process entails genealogical research and a familiarity with the procedure. To date I have helped clients acquire second citizenship in England, Ireland, and Italy.
The application process to join a lineage society such as the Sons of the American Revolution or the Mayflower Society can be daunting, and current privacy laws in some states are difficult to maneuver. I will work with you to prove your lineage.
My research is not limited solely to genealogical work, but extends to anything historical, including biographies and house histories.