Sample Projects

Here are some examples of projects that Kristine Smets has worked on for other clients.

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, Kristine was able to connect the Iowa Luxembourg-American with the correct nineteenth-century family in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.

Trace early 20th century immigrant back to Belgium.

Client’s grandmother left Belgium in the late 1920s, settling in Montréal, Canada, before moving to New York City at the eve of the Second World War. Kristine traced the ancestry of the immigrant back three generations, identifying the client’s eight great-great-grandparents.

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, Kristine was able find the scoundrel who deserted her great-grandmother 120 years ago.

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, Kristine 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.

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.

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.

Verify a family story.

Kristine 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?) and find descendants of ancestors’ siblings.

Transcribe and Translate Dutch Vital Records

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