Tar Heel Genealogical Services, Inc
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Services

Below you will find just some of the many services a genealogist can provide. At Tar Heel Genealogical Services, the initial research goals are defined in advance by a consultation with the client. After the preliminary research is done the client is then free to choose the direction of any further research.

Lineage 

     The term lineage (sometimes called a pedigree) generally refers to the specific line of your ancestry. It flows in a straight line from child to parent to grandparent and only includes individuals in that direct line. Lineages are frequently needed to join certain heritage societies such as the Sons/Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, or the Sons and Daughters of World War II Veterans.

Lineage services include little personal information regarding ancestors and are frequently used as a starting point for more in-depth research.

Kinship Determination 

     Often a family has it's own historian - a family member who has gathered information from personal family documents and family stories or lore. This information is frequently handed down from generation to generation but may lack conclusive evidence of a link from one family member to the next. A genealogist can take the information and add "proof" to the family line by researching historical documents that include court and vital records, deed transfers, ship manifests, and Federal and State level censuses.

Kinship services are used in cases where just a little more experienced help is needed.

Family Trees 

     A family tree is the most commonly used term in genealogy, and is just what is sounds like - research and documentation of an individual's ancestry that includes more than just lineal heritage - it includes all branches. It includes parents, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles - the depth of the tree is limited only by what the researcher wants to learn.

Family trees are a wonderful gift to share with your loved ones and can be as inclusive as desired.

Family History 

     A family history is an in-depth report about a family - not only where they came from, but what their lives were like.  A family history can provide insight into who a family member was as an individual. Information is gathered from numerous sources and is woven into a narrative report that allows for a glimpse into the ancestral past.

A family history can be broad enough to encompass an entire family line or narrow enough to touch on just one family group.

We strive for thoroughness and full inclusion of all available information.

While no implicit guarantees are given, our goal is accuracy. All projects are documented and cited in keeping with the Genealogical Proof Standard set forth by the Board for Certified Genealogists and standards expected by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Sometimes, however, the information just isn't there to find.
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