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Whether you are a beginner, have part of your family history or just need that one vital record, we can conduct the genealogy research you need at affordable rates.

Beginner Family Research

If you are just beginning to build your family tree and aren’t sure where to start, we can focus on the STORY of your parents, grandparents and/or great-grandparents. Through census records, city directories, vital records, newspaper articles, obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, adoption documents, and many other valuable resources you can learn the important details of those closest to you. We also can provide you with a report on “where to look next” for when you want to continue the journey.

Furthering Your Current Genealogy Research

If you’ve already started your family tree and are looking to expand those branches – we can help. People often focus on direct ancestors and descendants in their research, but there are even more leaves on that family tree. Discovering uncles, aunts and/or cousins you never knew you had can provide a wealth of information and reveal some amazing stories. We can delve into the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. of your direct ancestors’ siblings.

Many times these newly found 2nd, 3rd and 4th cousins can hold important clues about your family – pictures, stories, documents, keepsakes – that can add new dimensions to your HISTORY. We both have discovered new 2nd, 3rd and 4th cousins that we now keep in touch with through e-mail, in person and yes through Facebook too. Many of these cousins shared great stories, identified old photographs and provided additional information from their own genealogy research. We now have branches that extend out to Canada, Ireland, Europe and even New Zealand.

Focusing On One Branch, Family or Surname

We can research a specific branch, family or even a surname in which you are interested. If you’ve always known about your dad’s side of the family but mom’s side is a total blank, it may be time to dig a little deeper. Narrowing the scope of your search could uncover your immigrant family’s origins, determine whatever happened to Uncle Bill and his daughters or finally link those New York City O’Briens to your O’Briens from Bayonne and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Biographical Research

Is there a member of your family that you have always wondered about? We will use all available resources to uncover as much of their STORY as possible. Amazing discoveries can be made when you focus on one person’s journey through life – struggles you never knew about, accomplishments they never talked about, and legends that just might be true.

Family Records Search & Lookups

Are you searching for a vital record – birth, marriage or death certificate? Is there an immigration or naturalization record that you just can’t find? Would you love to have a copy of a grandparent’s or great-grandparent’s obituary, will, marriage announcement or high school yearbook entry? Did your ancestor serve in the military? It’s not always easy to travel to local libraries, archives and cemeteries. We can help. We routinely search and retrieve records from the New Jersey State Archives, as well as many other archives and libraries throughout the New Jersey and New York area.

DNA Testing

DNA testing is another tool that can enhance your STORY. We can assist you with determining the DNA test for your needs, ordering autosomal, Y-DNA and mt-DNA test kits, interpreting the results and contacting new relatives.

You can discover the origins of your ancestors before they came to America. Did your ancestors originate in Eastern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, British Isles, Africa or Central America? This question can be answered with DNA testing.

You can also discover new cousins, and in some cases siblings. Through DNA testing we have discovered new branches and cousins located in our own backyard and in the western United States, Canada and New Zealand.

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 Archives & Repositories

We regularly visit, conduct research at, retrieve records from, or order records from the following:

• National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) at New York City

• New Jersey State Archives
• New Jersey Department of Health – Office of Vital Statistics
• New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise (Legal Name Changes)
• New Jersey Superior Court
• New Jersey State Library
• New Jersey Historical Society
• Special Collections & University Archives, Alexander Library, Rutgers University
• Genealogical Society of New Jersey Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, Alexander Library, Rutgers University
• Bergen County Historical Society Library
• Burlington County Historical Society Library
• Cranford Historical Society
• Genealogical Society of the West Fields Library
• Gloucester County Historical Association
• Merchants and Drovers Tavern – Rahway
• Monmouth County Archives
• Monmouth County Historical Association Library
• Morris County Archive
• Newark City Archives
• Passaic County Historical Society Local History & Genealogy Library
• Shrewsbury Historical Society Library
• Somerset County Historical Society Library
• Washington Township Historical Society (Long Valley, NJ)
• Westfield Historical Society Archive
• Belleville Public Library
• Bloomfield Public Library
• Burlington County Library
• Clifton Memorial Library
• Elizabeth Public Library
• Jersey City Public Library – New Jersey Room
• Johnson Free Public Library (Hackensack)
• Linden Public Library
• Methodist Church Archives, Drew University
• Monmouth County Public Library
• Morristown & Morris Township Library – North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
• New Brunswick Public Library
• Newark Public Library – New Jersey Room
• Ocean County Public Library (Toms River)
• Orange Public Library
• Paterson Public Library
• Perth Amboy Public Library
• Rahway Public Library
• Toms River Public Library
• Westfield Public Library
• Woodbridge Public Library
• Woodbury Public Library
• Atlantic County Surrogate’s Office
• Bergen County Clerk’s Office, Deeds
• Bergen County Surrogate’s Office
• Burlington County Surrogate’s Office
• Camden County Surrogate’s Office
• Essex County Deed Office
• Essex County Surrogate’s Office
• Gloucester County Surrogate’s Office
• Hudson County Office of the Register of Deeds and Mortgages
• Hudson County Surrogate’s Office
• Middlesex County Clerk’s Office, Deeds and Passports
• Middlesex County Surrogate’s Office
• Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Deeds
• Monmouth County Surrogate’s Office
• Ocean County Clerk’s Office, Deeds
• Ocean County Surrogate’s Office
• Passaic County Clerk’s Office, Deeds
• Passaic County Surrogate’s Office
• Somerset County Surrogate’s Office
• Union County Clerk’s Office, Deeds
• Union County Surrogate’s Office
• Warren County Surrogate’s Office
• Bloomfield Office of Vital Statistics
• Kearny Health Department
• Perth Amboy Office of Vital Statistics
• Rahway Health & Senior Services
• Woodbridge Registrar of Vital Statistics

• City Clerk’s Office, New York City
• New York City Municipal Archives
• New York City Public Library
• New York County Surrogate
• New-York Historical Society
• Kings County Surrogate (Brooklyn)
• Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn)
• Port Chester Public Library, Westchester County
• Westchester County Archives

• California Department of Public Heath
• Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
• Sioux City Library, IA
• Carver County Historical Association, MN
• Iron Range Research Center, MN
• Minnesota Historical Society, MN
• Berks County Register of Wills, PA
• Luzerne County Register of Wills, PA
• State of Maine Department of Heath and Human Services
• Cumberland County Probate Court, ME
• Lutheran Archives Center, Philadelphia, PA
• Philadelphia County Register of Wills, PA
• Philadelphia Free Library, PA
• Reading Public Library, PA

• Cavan County Genealogy Center (Irish Republic)
• General Records Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI)
• National Archives of Ireland (Irish Republic)
• Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
• Archives Departementales Du Bas-Rhin (France)

• Ancestry.com
• Archion.de (Germany)
• FamilySearch.org
• FindAGrave.com
• FindMyPast.com
• Fold3.com
• GenealogyBank.com
• Geneteka.genealodzy.pl (Poland)
• GoogleBooks.com
• Hathitrust.org
• National Library of Ireland – NLI.ie (Ireland)
• NewspaperArchives.com
• Opava Regional Archive, Vademecum.archives.cz (Czech Republic)
• RootsIreland.ie (Ireland)
• Scotlandspeople.gov.uk (Scotland)
• Szukajwarchiwach.pl (Poland)

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 What’s Included

No matter which genealogy or family research service you choose, we will ALWAYS provide photocopies, digital reproductions and/or transcriptions of all documents we discover. We will provide original documents when available.

We also provide detailed research reports on all genealogy and family research we conduct including full citations of sources and resources we used to uncover your family history. Our reports also include resources where no results were found.

Please NoteDiscoverURhistory will use all available resources to conduct your research within the highest standards. Due to the nature of genealogy and family history, however, we cannot guarantee a specific genealogical result and/or outcome. Additionally, every family history research project is different – outcomes vary – and not all of the above mentioned documents are available for all projects.

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 Genealogy Record Examples

Below are some examples of genealogy and family history records. Click on the link to view the full image.

pdf New York City Birth Certificate

pdf Essex County NJ Baptism Certificate

pdf New Jersey Marriage Certificate

pdf New Jersey Death Certificate

pdf New Jersey Obituary

pdf New Jersey 1885 State Census

pdf Perth Amboy City Directory

pdf Middlesex County NJ Probate Records

pdf 1870s Naturalization Record

pdf Social Security Application

pdf Newark NJ Newspaper Article


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