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Discover The Past

Welcome to Chainlines

Have you wondered about your roots? Have you been curious about those that came before you? Let's make their history part of your story.

Chainlines provides family and house history research services to its clients. We specialize in researching the American immigrant experience as well as house histories for homes in the Baltimore, Maryland Region.

Genealogy Services

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors? When did they arrive in America? Where did they come from? Why did they leave? What was their life like in the old country?

Services

  • Customized genealogical research projects that include an analysis of results, a final report with source citations, and copies of all documents.
  • Consultation.
  • Narrative biographies and family histories.
  • Organization of materials and files
  • Pedigree and family group charts.
  • Retrieval of manuscript materials in the Baltimore-Washington DC area.

Beyond Online Databases

When I realized I had exhausted family research avenues on my own, I decided I needed a professional genealogist to help find my great-grandfathers parents in Luxembourg. One of the best decisions I ever made! Kristine Smets found more in a few days than I found in several months of searching Ancestry.com and other online databases. —Jo Ann A., California

House Histories

Have you ever wondered about the history of your house? Have you ever wondered when your house was built and by whom? Have you ever wondered about the families that lived there and called the house home?

Every Home Tells a Story

A personalized house history traces the history of your house through deeds, building permits, city directories, census records, maps & atlases and photographs.

Attention To Detail

The level of detail blew my mind. It was more than I expected to receive and in addition to fulfilling my agonizing curiosity, we now have a professionally tailored provenance of our house history that we can sink our imagination into and pass along to the next owners. —Pete Ma, Maryland

Sample Projects

Trace 19th Century Immigrant Back To Luxembourg

Client’s Luxembourg great-grandfather immigrated to Iowa sometime soon after the Civil War. His death record, obituary, or naturalization papers do not list his exact place of birth nor the names of his parents. Using indirect evidence, I was able to connect the Iowa Luxembourg-American with the correct nineteenth-century family in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

Find All Previous Residents Of A Late 19th Century House In Baltimore

The new owners of a home in the historic Bolton Hill neighborhood wanted to know who had previously lived in their house. Using census records, newspaper articles, and city directories, I compiled a list of the nine previous owners of the house, and the twenty-three families that had made it their home between 1885 and the present.

Find The Father Of An Illegitimate Child Born In A Small Pennsylvania Town In 1895

Client’s great-grandfather was named after his father, but never met him. His birth certificate lists the wrong man, and his mother never talked about the individual. Correlating evidence from city directories, census, court, and newspaper records, I was able find the scoundrel who deserted her great-grandmother 120 years ago.

Trace 20th Century Immigrant Back To Ireland In Preparation For A Visit To Ireland

The client’s grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1920s. Using census, vital, and immigration records I was able to trace both grandparents to their native towns in Ireland and trace their ancestors in Ireland two to three generations back. When client visited Ireland that summer, he was able to visit his ancestral home town and connect with some living relatives on the other side of the pond.

Consultation On Early 19th Century Massachusetts Family

Client wanted help finding out who the parents were of two of his ancestors. I gathered information from derivative sources in online databases that allowed some preliminary conclusions. Next steps were outlined on how client could obtain original documents and proceed with further research.

Verify A Family Story

I was hired to verify a family story and identify the deceased ancestors’ parents and grandparents, as well as provide more information about the ancestor’s life (where did he grow up, work, and live?).

Transcribe And Translate Dutch Vital Records

Client needed help transcribing and translating birth, marriage and death records from the nineteenth century.

Exceeding Expectations

Chainlines and Kristine Smets exceeded every expectation I had. She helped me explore a long-ago chapter of my family’s history, and her exacting and thoughtful work opened new doors of meaning and connection for myself and my loved ones. —Terry O'Hara, Maryland

Contact

Do you need professional help discovering your family or house history? The past is closer than you think.

Contact me with your research question, along with any information you may have already gathered. I will review the information and create a research proposal for your perusal.

Email: kristine@chainlines.com