Here are some examples of projects that Kristine Smets has worked on for other clients.
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 Kristine 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. Time spent: 120 hours.
Consultation on early 19th century Massachusetts family.
Client wanted help finding out who the parents were of two of his ancestors. Kristine gathered information for derivative sources in online databases that allowed for some preliminary conclusions. Next steps were outlined on how to obtain original documents and how to proceed with further research. Time spent: 20 hours.
Verify a family story.
Client had been told one of his ancestor’s took his own life during the Wall Street crash of 1929. Kristine was hired to verify the 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?) and find descendants of ancestors’ siblings. Time spent: 20 hours.
Research Polish & Ruthenian-American families in Massachusetts and New York State, tracing the families back to present day Poland.
Document the family life of client’s parents (one Polish-American, the other Ruthenian-American), their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, as well as their descendants as thoroughly as possible through the use of census data, vital records, city directories, military records (if applicable), newspaper obituaries, social security applications, and/or cemetery records. Time spent: ongoing.
Transcribe and Translate Dutch Vital Records
Client needed help transcribing and translating seven birth, marriage and death records from the nineteenth century. Time spent: 5 hours.