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rankenbauer

I will work with you on your research!

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Bob 3

rankenbauer

I will work with you on your research!

14

Reviews
Bob 3

rankenbauer

I will work with you on your research!

14

Reviews

I will work with you on your research!

$40.00/hr

Robert Ankenbauer

Nutting Lake, Massachusetts
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Provider Info
Services
About Me

I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio and Dearborn County Indiana. After spending 7 years in the Army, my family settled northeast of Boston, Massachusetts.

I have been involved in genealogical research for many years working on my own family history and family tree work.. It was a natural progression to professional, for me. I research all of New England, much of the Midwest US and Ireland.

Education/Training

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
ProGen 12 Study Group 2011-2012
National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2011)
Various local workshops at the MA Archives and local genealogical societies and other online webinars

Research Services

I have posted many of the jobs I do on my listing. If you need something you don't see posted, I'd be happy to make one for you! I have extensive experience in military records having spent 23 years in the military. Weekly trips to NARA Boston, MA Registry of Vital Records & the MA Archives. Maine Vital Records & Archives!

Research Specialities
  • Civil War
  • Court Records
  • Federal Records
  • Land Records
  • Migration
  • Military
  • Naturalization
  • Railroads
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Massachusetts, USA
  • New Hampshire, USA
  • Maine, USA
  • Ohio, USA
  • Kentucky, USA
  • Tennessee, USA
  • Texas, USA
  • Boston, MA
Research Repositories
  • Massachusetts National Guard Museum and Archives
  • State Library of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records & Statistics
  • Massachusetts State Archives
  • Billerica Public Library
  • National Archives at Boston
  • Bedford Free Public Library
  • Gleason Public Library
  • Somerville City Clerk
  • Somerville Public Library
Lineage determination/pedigree documentation
Determining descendants of a specific individual
Brick Wall analysis and formulation of a research plan
Single surname studies
Preparation of lineage society membership requirements
Retrieval of vital record (BMD) copies from nearby archives
Obituary research in historical newspapers
Cemetery photos
Military service/pension record retrieval
Naturalization record retrieval
Court/probate record retrieval
Divorce record retrieval
Land/tax record retrieval
Photo restoration
Translation/transcription of historical documents
Preparation of family history manuscripts for publication
Preparation for analysis of results from DNA testing

Record Retrieval
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Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • Probate Records Research at the Massachusetts A...
    I will research the Massachusetts Middlesex County Probate files, 1st Series, dated 1643 – 1871 and/or 2nd Series, dated 1872 – 1886 for 2 hours fo...

    $60.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Probate Records Research at the Massachusetts Archives/ Per Family Name

    $60.00/record

    Description

    I will research the Massachusetts Middlesex County Probate files, 1st Series, dated 1643 – 1871 and/or 2nd Series, dated 1872 – 1886 for 2 hours for an entire family name.

    Ordering Instructions

    I would need to have a person of focus to include a date of birth/death/marriage, spouses name; parents if known; and childrens names and siblings or children. Their dates of births etc. An address or at a minimum a city/ town name and the approx time frames would also be very helpful. The more information you provide, the better. No guarantees about finding records but I will research the full two hours and upload microfilmed / printed / electronic copies. I can usually complete this research within two weeks.


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  • Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce, 1892 to...
    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Archives, both located...

    $65.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce, 1892 to Present (20-year search)

    $65.00/record

    Description

    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Archives, both located in Augusta, Maine. (20-year search included)

    Ordering Instructions

    I have a Maine CDC Genealogy Researcher Card. I will need the name, age, date of death or approximate date of death (20-year search included) and the location of death.
    it is always better to have more info as well (parents, spouses, date of birth, location of birth, etc)


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  • Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce 1892 to ...
    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Archives, both located...

    $30.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce 1892 to Present (5-year search)

    $30.00/record

    Description

    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Archives, both located in Augusta Maine. (5-year search included)

    Ordering Instructions

    I have a Maine CDC Genealogy Researcher Card. I will need the name, age, date of death or approximate date of death (5-year search included) and the location of death.
    It is always better to have more info as well (parents, spouses, date of birth, location of birth, etc.)


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  • Locating Military Records of Military Service f...
    Military Service Records of veterans who were discharged from after 1917 and prior to 1950 are public records and can be retrieved. I will locate t...

    $95.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Locating Military Records of Military Service from WW1 to 1950

    $95.00/record

    Description

    Military Service Records of veterans who were discharged from after 1917 and prior to 1950 are public records and can be retrieved. I will locate the records and upload copies to you within approx 30-45 days.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please include the veterans full name, Service or Social Security Number, DOB, Location & Date of enlistment and approximate dates of release and I will locate the service records.


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  • Military Records, 1950 to Present
    Military Service records can be located for veterans during this time period, however the amount of information available for non next of kin is li...

    $65.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Military Records, 1950 to Present

    $65.00/record

    Description

    Military Service records can be located for veterans during this time period, however the amount of information available for non next of kin is limited. I can assist the next of kin in locating and ordering these records.

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need to have complete information on the veteran: name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Service Number, date/ location of enlistment and discharge and we can work from there.


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  • Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indi...
    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1820, but most are fr...

    $20.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indiana, All Counties (One Name)

    $20.00/record

    Description

    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1820, but most are from about the 1850’s to 1907.

    From this INDEX I can provide a list of names and the county that held the records for the naturalization. (For example, the name "William Smith" would generate a list of about 19 names.)

    I will also attempt to determine the location of where these records may currently be found in the state of Indiana. Further checking by you may be required.

    In the case of a common name with multiple entries in the INDEX, I will provide the list for the found price. The results include the Name, County, Court Name, (of same names) Volume Number, Page Number and Year of the entry into that local county court record.

    I will provide an extract of the index for any one name your request.
    if you would like a list of all of one surname, please see my other listing.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please enter the name of one person. Please include the county they lived in (if known) and the year this information comes from. Or in the case of just a general check for records, the name is fine.


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  • Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indi...
    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1820, but most are fro...

    $25.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indiana, All Counties (One Surname)

    $25.00/record

    Description

    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1820, but most are from about the 1850’s to 1907.

    From this INDEX I can provide a list of names and the county that held the records for the naturalization (For example, the surname "Gasper' would generate a list of about 9 names.) Further checking by you will be required.

    The results include the Name, County, Court Name, (of same surnames) Volume Number, Page Number and Year of the entry into that local county court record. I will provide an extract of the index for any one surname your request.

    if you would like a search of one name, then please see my other listing.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please enter the surname. Please include the county they lived in (if known) and the year this information comes from. Or in the case of just a general check for records, the name is fine.


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  • Death Record Direct from the City of Boston
    I will retrieve one each death record to include all information available from the City of Boston, including a certificate. I will email a copy of...

    $50.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Death Record Direct from the City of Boston

    $50.00/record

    Description

    I will retrieve one each death record to include all information available from the City of Boston, including a certificate. I will email a copy of the certificate. This record may or may not contain the names of parents etc.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please fill out the form to the best of your ability. The more information that you are able to provide the greater our chances of locating the records.


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  • Harrrison Township Burial Records
    I will look-up in the transcribed burial records for Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. If I locate the person requested, I will scan to a P...

    $18.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Harrrison Township Burial Records

    $18.00/record

    Description

    I will look-up in the transcribed burial records for Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. If I locate the person requested, I will scan to a PDF or JPG and upload the page listing the person you are looking for and include a citation for future reference.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please include as much of the following as you know: full name, date of death, age and/or date of birth and close relatives names (i.e., mother/ father/ spouse).


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  • Passenger Manifest Contents Port of Boston
    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the sytem in a t...

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Passenger Manifest Contents Port of Boston

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the sytem in a timely manner.

    Massachusetts officials started recording the names of immigrants who arrived by ship in January of 1848, a procedure which continued until July of 1891, when federal records-keeping programs superseded those of the state.

    Although immigrants arrived at numerous Massachusetts ports, the Archives holds manifests for BOSTON ONLY.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please indicate the name and date of birth (as near as possible) of the person. If you know about when they might have traveled through the port of Boston, that would be helpful as well.


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  • MA Birth Records, 1920 to present
    I will go to the The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload ...

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Birth Records, 1920 to present

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the system in a timely manner.

    Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

    •Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.

    •The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices

    •Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

    Section 2A. Examination of records and returns of children born out of wedlock or abnormal sex births, or fetal deaths, or of the notices of intention of marriage and marriage records in cases where a physician’s certificate has been filed under the provisions of section twenty A of chapter two hundred and seven, or those of persons born out of wedlock, or of copies of such records in the department of public health, shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or upon request of a person seeking his own birth or marriage record, or his attorney, parent, guardian, or conservator, or a person whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or the commissioner of public health, as the case may be, entitle him to the information contained therein, nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon such order, or the request of such person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the persons name and date of birth, including city or town.


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  • MA Death Records, 1920 to present
    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it t...

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Death Records, 1920 to present

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the system in a timely manner.

    Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

    •Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.

    •The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices or at the city or town where the event occurred.

    •Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

    Section 2A. Examination of records and returns of children born out of wedlock or abnormal sex births, or fetal deaths, or of the notices of intention of marriage and marriage records in cases where a physician’s certificate has been filed under the provisions of section twenty A of chapter two hundred and seven, or those of persons born out of wedlock, or of copies of such records in the department of public health, shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or upon request of a person seeking his own birth or marriage record, or his attorney, parent, guardian, or conservator, or a person whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or the commissioner of public health, as the case may be, entitle him to the information contained therein, nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon such order, or the request of such person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the full name, age, date of birth, location and date of death for the person.


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  • MA Marriage Records, 1920 to present
    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it t...

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Marriage Records, 1920 to present

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the system in a timely manner.

    Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

    •Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.

    •The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices or at the city or town where the event occurred.

    •Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

    Section 2A. Examination of records and returns of children born out of wedlock or abnormal sex births, or fetal deaths, or of the notices of intention of marriage and marriage records in cases where a physician’s certificate has been filed under the provisions of section twenty A of chapter two hundred and seven, or those of persons born out of wedlock, or of copies of such records in the department of public health, shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or upon request of a person seeking his own birth or marriage record, or his attorney, parent, guardian, or conservator, or a person whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or the commissioner of public health, as the case may be, entitle him to the information contained therein, nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon such order, or the request of such person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the full names of the persons, the date and location of marriage. At least one DOB of either the bride or the groom would be helpful.


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  • Billerica Massachusetts Birth, Marriage, or Dea...
    I will go to the Billerica Town Clerks Office and pull any record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Billerica Massachusetts Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Billerica Town Clerks Office and pull any record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need name(s), event date (birth, marriage, death), and parent names, if the surname is common.


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  • Somerville Birth, Marriage, or Death Record
    I will go to the Somerville City Clerks Office and pull and record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Somerville Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Somerville City Clerks Office and pull and record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need name(s), event date (birth, marriage, death), and parent names, if the surname is common.


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  • Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn,...
    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries: Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Somerville, MA. If your ...

    $50.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn, Somerville MA Obituaries (date of death not known)

    $50.00/record

    Description

    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries: Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Somerville, MA. If your relative lived in one of these towns when they died, then an obituary may be available!

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need the name and approximate date of death. For $50 I will do basic research to try to determine date of death and then lookup the obituary. (Please note that I charge the same fee whether or not an obituary is found.)


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  • 1/2 Hour Research at the Massachusetts Archives...
    I will conduct 30 minutes of research at the MA Archives for records other than B-M-D. See other listing for B-M-D records. The charges are the s...

    $30.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    1/2 Hour Research at the Massachusetts Archives (besides B-M-D)

    $30.00/record

    Description

    I will conduct 30 minutes of research at the MA Archives for records other than B-M-D. See other listing for B-M-D records.

    The charges are the same whether or not records are located. Includes travel, parking, copies, etc. If you need more than a half hour, see my other listing.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please describe the research you'd like me to do for you.


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  • Military Service Records (Pre WW1)
    I will locate pre-World War I military service records.

    $75.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Military Service Records (Pre WW1)

    $75.00/record

    Description

    I will locate pre-World War I military service records.

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need their full name and date of birth and I will work from there. Includes 30 minutes of research to locate the records.


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  • Military Pension Records (Pre WW1)
    I will locate military pension records, pre WW1

    $125.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Military Pension Records (Pre WW1)

    $125.00/record

    Description

    I will locate military pension records, pre WW1

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need their full name, date of birth and I will work from there. Includes 30 minutes of research to locate the records.


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  • Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn,...
    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries. Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Somerville, MA. If your ...

    $30.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn, Somerville MA Obituaries (date of death is known)

    $30.00/record

    Description

    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries. Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Somerville, MA. If your relative lived in one of these towns when they died, then an obituary may be available!

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need their name and approx date of death. For $30 I will do basic research to one month after the date of death to locate the obituary (+/-). (Please note, that the $ found/ not found are the same)


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  • Cemetery Photos (location known)
    If you know the name of the cemetery and plot etc. Then I will travel to the cemetery photograph the main entrance and the headstone and surroundin...

    $60.00/record

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    Cemetery Photos (location known)

    $60.00/record

    Description

    If you know the name of the cemetery and plot etc. Then I will travel to the cemetery photograph the main entrance and the headstone and surrounding area. The fee covers one hour including travel time to and from the cemetery.

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need the name, date of birth/death, cemetery name and address and plot number and anything else that will help me locate the cemetery and plot/ marker. Please note that not all burials have a marker. An area photo will be substituted.


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  • MA Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1841-1910
    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the ssytem as ti...

    $55.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1841-1910

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the ssytem as time allows.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the full name of the deceased person and the date of death as near as possible.


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mbm1311

I give Robert a 100% positive on my Surname project. He did an excellent job. Very professional. I hope he will work with me in the future. Thank you Robert!Mary Beth

March 2016


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mbm1311

Hi Robert,Thanks for asking about asking about the bible page. To keep it simple I think we should site the Bible pages to Mary Ellen McEvoy (wife of Samuel Roach) only. I agree with you that we could site it to 100 events but I’m going to be using actual vital records to site many of the events she wrote in her bible. So just attach the bible page to Mary Ellen McEvoy.Secondly, I will pay for the additional time. You don’t have to figure out how much time you need. Let’s see where we are at when you work the hours I will pay for now.Thank you for your efforts, you seem to be thorough but consciousness in your questions so as to save me money by using time wisely.Mary Beth

March 2016


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mjfreed11

Great work! I'll probably have other items to look up in Boston and hope you will consider working on them.

June 2013


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LindaVixie

My document was retrieved and posted much faster than I expected, and was fully sourced. Provider's communication is complete, prompt, polite,and very helpful. I thoroughly recommend his services.

April 2013


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startiara

Rankenbauer was very clear about the findings. I loved his quick and clear communication regarding any delays or mix ups. Was very pleased with working with him and hope to do so in the future.

April 2013


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sopko14

Great work! This was a hard one. Thank you!

April 2013


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arcamp

Excellent!!!! Thank You, I love working with you. You are so fast and efficient. I will print this out and give it to him to take to WV. You've definitely saved us some steps and time.

April 2013


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arcamp

Thank you for helping me try and solve the many mysteries....:0) I'm glad I'm not the only one who had trouble locating him. I look forward to continuing the search.

April 2013


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sopko14

Always does a great job.

April 2013


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skipcoghlan

Greatly appreciated rankenbauer's extra effort with my printing problems. Thanks.

April 2013


Robert Ankenbauer

Nutting Lake, Massachusetts

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About Me

I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio and Dearborn County Indiana. After spending 7 years in the Army, my family settled northeast of Boston, Massachusetts.

I have been involved in genealogical research for many years working on my own family history and family tree work.. It was a natural progression to professional, for me. I research all of New England, much of the Midwest US and Ireland.

Education/Training

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
ProGen 12 Study Group 2011-2012
National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2011)
Various local workshops at the MA Archives and local genealogical societies and other online webinars

Research Services

I have posted many of the jobs I do on my listing. If you need something you don't see posted, I'd be happy to make one for you! I have extensive experience in military records having spent 23 years in the military. Weekly trips to NARA Boston, MA Registry of Vital Records & the MA Archives. Maine Vital Records & Archives!

Research Specialities
  • Civil War
  • Court Records
  • Federal Records
  • Land Records
  • Migration
  • Military
  • Naturalization
  • Railroads
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Massachusetts, USA
  • New Hampshire, USA
  • Maine, USA
  • Ohio, USA
  • Kentucky, USA
  • Tennessee, USA
  • Texas, USA
  • Boston, MA
Research Repositories
  • Massachusetts National Guard Museum and Archives
  • State Library of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records & Statistics
  • Massachusetts State Archives
  • Billerica Public Library
  • National Archives at Boston
  • Bedford Free Public Library
  • Gleason Public Library
  • Somerville City Clerk
  • Somerville Public Library
Lineage determination/pedigree documentation
Determining descendants of a specific individual
Brick Wall analysis and formulation of a research plan
Single surname studies
Preparation of lineage society membership requirements
Retrieval of vital record (BMD) copies from nearby archives
Obituary research in historical newspapers
Cemetery photos
Military service/pension record retrieval
Naturalization record retrieval
Court/probate record retrieval
Divorce record retrieval
Land/tax record retrieval
Photo restoration
Translation/transcription of historical documents
Preparation of family history manuscripts for publication
Preparation for analysis of results from DNA testing

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  • Probate Records Research at the Massachusetts A...
    I will research the Massachusetts Middlesex County Probate files, 1st Series, dated 1643 – 1871 and/or 2nd Series, dated 1872 –...

    $60.00

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    Probate Records Research at the Massachusetts Archives/ Per Family Name

    $60.00/record

    Description

    I will research the Massachusetts Middlesex County Probate files, 1st Series, dated 1643 – 1871 and/or 2nd Series, dated 1872 – 1886 for 2 hours for an entire family name.

    Ordering Instructions

    I would need to have a person of focus to include a date of birth/death/marriage, spouses name; parents if known; and childrens names and siblings or children. Their dates of births etc. An address or at a minimum a city/ town name and the approx time frames would also be very helpful. The more information you provide, the better. No guarantees about finding records but I will research the full two hours and upload microfilmed / printed / electronic copies. I can usually complete this research within two weeks.


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  • Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce, 1892 to...
    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Ar...

    $65.00

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    Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce, 1892 to Present (20-year search)

    $65.00/record

    Description

    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Archives, both located in Augusta, Maine. (20-year search included)

    Ordering Instructions

    I have a Maine CDC Genealogy Researcher Card. I will need the name, age, date of death or approximate date of death (20-year search included) and the location of death.
    it is always better to have more info as well (parents, spouses, date of birth, location of birth, etc)


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  • Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce 1892 to ...
    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Ar...

    $30.00

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    Maine Birth, Marriage, Death & Divorce 1892 to Present (5-year search)

    $30.00/record

    Description

    All birth, marriage, death, and divorce records researched and pulled from Maine Office of Vital Records and the Maine State Archives, both located in Augusta Maine. (5-year search included)

    Ordering Instructions

    I have a Maine CDC Genealogy Researcher Card. I will need the name, age, date of death or approximate date of death (5-year search included) and the location of death.
    It is always better to have more info as well (parents, spouses, date of birth, location of birth, etc.)


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  • Locating Military Records of Military Service f...
    Military Service Records of veterans who were discharged from after 1917 and prior to 1950 are public records and can be retrie...

    $95.00

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    Locating Military Records of Military Service from WW1 to 1950

    $95.00/record

    Description

    Military Service Records of veterans who were discharged from after 1917 and prior to 1950 are public records and can be retrieved. I will locate the records and upload copies to you within approx 30-45 days.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please include the veterans full name, Service or Social Security Number, DOB, Location & Date of enlistment and approximate dates of release and I will locate the service records.


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  • Military Records, 1950 to Present
    Military Service records can be located for veterans during this time period, however the amount of information available for n...

    $65.00

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    Military Records, 1950 to Present

    $65.00/record

    Description

    Military Service records can be located for veterans during this time period, however the amount of information available for non next of kin is limited. I can assist the next of kin in locating and ordering these records.

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need to have complete information on the veteran: name, date of birth, Social Security Number or Service Number, date/ location of enlistment and discharge and we can work from there.


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  • Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indi...
    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1...

    $20.00

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    Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indiana, All Counties (One Name)

    $20.00/record

    Description

    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1820, but most are from about the 1850’s to 1907.

    From this INDEX I can provide a list of names and the county that held the records for the naturalization. (For example, the name "William Smith" would generate a list of about 19 names.)

    I will also attempt to determine the location of where these records may currently be found in the state of Indiana. Further checking by you may be required.

    In the case of a common name with multiple entries in the INDEX, I will provide the list for the found price. The results include the Name, County, Court Name, (of same names) Volume Number, Page Number and Year of the entry into that local county court record.

    I will provide an extract of the index for any one name your request.
    if you would like a list of all of one surname, please see my other listing.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please enter the name of one person. Please include the county they lived in (if known) and the year this information comes from. Or in the case of just a general check for records, the name is fine.


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  • Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indi...
    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 18...

    $25.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Naturalization Records INDEX Prior to 1907 Indiana, All Counties (One Surname)

    $25.00/record

    Description

    I have the INDEX to Naturalization Records held by the 92 Courts in Indiana prior to 1907. Some records in the index date to 1820, but most are from about the 1850’s to 1907.

    From this INDEX I can provide a list of names and the county that held the records for the naturalization (For example, the surname "Gasper' would generate a list of about 9 names.) Further checking by you will be required.

    The results include the Name, County, Court Name, (of same surnames) Volume Number, Page Number and Year of the entry into that local county court record. I will provide an extract of the index for any one surname your request.

    if you would like a search of one name, then please see my other listing.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please enter the surname. Please include the county they lived in (if known) and the year this information comes from. Or in the case of just a general check for records, the name is fine.


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  • Death Record Direct from the City of Boston
    I will retrieve one each death record to include all information available from the City of Boston, including a certificate. I ...

    $50.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Death Record Direct from the City of Boston

    $50.00/record

    Description

    I will retrieve one each death record to include all information available from the City of Boston, including a certificate. I will email a copy of the certificate. This record may or may not contain the names of parents etc.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please fill out the form to the best of your ability. The more information that you are able to provide the greater our chances of locating the records.


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  • Harrrison Township Burial Records
    I will look-up in the transcribed burial records for Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. If I locate the person requested...

    $18.00

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    Harrrison Township Burial Records

    $18.00/record

    Description

    I will look-up in the transcribed burial records for Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. If I locate the person requested, I will scan to a PDF or JPG and upload the page listing the person you are looking for and include a citation for future reference.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please include as much of the following as you know: full name, date of death, age and/or date of birth and close relatives names (i.e., mother/ father/ spouse).


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  • Passenger Manifest Contents Port of Boston
    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it...

    $55.00

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    Passenger Manifest Contents Port of Boston

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the sytem in a timely manner.

    Massachusetts officials started recording the names of immigrants who arrived by ship in January of 1848, a procedure which continued until July of 1891, when federal records-keeping programs superseded those of the state.

    Although immigrants arrived at numerous Massachusetts ports, the Archives holds manifests for BOSTON ONLY.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please indicate the name and date of birth (as near as possible) of the person. If you know about when they might have traveled through the port of Boston, that would be helpful as well.


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  • MA Birth Records, 1920 to present
    I will go to the The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requeste...

    $55.00

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    MA Birth Records, 1920 to present

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the system in a timely manner.

    Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

    •Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.

    •The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices

    •Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

    Section 2A. Examination of records and returns of children born out of wedlock or abnormal sex births, or fetal deaths, or of the notices of intention of marriage and marriage records in cases where a physician’s certificate has been filed under the provisions of section twenty A of chapter two hundred and seven, or those of persons born out of wedlock, or of copies of such records in the department of public health, shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or upon request of a person seeking his own birth or marriage record, or his attorney, parent, guardian, or conservator, or a person whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or the commissioner of public health, as the case may be, entitle him to the information contained therein, nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon such order, or the request of such person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the persons name and date of birth, including city or town.


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  • MA Death Records, 1920 to present
    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested re...

    $55.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Death Records, 1920 to present

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the system in a timely manner.

    Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

    •Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.

    •The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices or at the city or town where the event occurred.

    •Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

    Section 2A. Examination of records and returns of children born out of wedlock or abnormal sex births, or fetal deaths, or of the notices of intention of marriage and marriage records in cases where a physician’s certificate has been filed under the provisions of section twenty A of chapter two hundred and seven, or those of persons born out of wedlock, or of copies of such records in the department of public health, shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or upon request of a person seeking his own birth or marriage record, or his attorney, parent, guardian, or conservator, or a person whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or the commissioner of public health, as the case may be, entitle him to the information contained therein, nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon such order, or the request of such person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the full name, age, date of birth, location and date of death for the person.


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  • MA Marriage Records, 1920 to present
    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested re...

    $55.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Marriage Records, 1920 to present

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the system in a timely manner.

    Please note the following facts about the records maintained by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:

    •Certain records are restricted from public access. Identification may be required for processing some orders.

    •The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains no indexes or records on the Internet. Records are only available on site at the Registry offices or at the city or town where the event occurred.

    •Note that ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use.

    Section 2A. Examination of records and returns of children born out of wedlock or abnormal sex births, or fetal deaths, or of the notices of intention of marriage and marriage records in cases where a physician’s certificate has been filed under the provisions of section twenty A of chapter two hundred and seven, or those of persons born out of wedlock, or of copies of such records in the department of public health, shall not be permitted except upon proper judicial order, or upon request of a person seeking his own birth or marriage record, or his attorney, parent, guardian, or conservator, or a person whose official duties, in the opinion of the town clerk or the commissioner of public health, as the case may be, entitle him to the information contained therein, nor shall certified copies thereof be furnished except upon such order, or the request of such person. The provisions of this section shall not apply to such records, returns or notices recorded or filed prior to January first, eighteen hundred and forty-one or to such copies thereof.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the full names of the persons, the date and location of marriage. At least one DOB of either the bride or the groom would be helpful.


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  • Billerica Massachusetts Birth, Marriage, or Dea...
    I will go to the Billerica Town Clerks Office and pull any record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    $55.00

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    Billerica Massachusetts Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Billerica Town Clerks Office and pull any record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need name(s), event date (birth, marriage, death), and parent names, if the surname is common.


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  • Somerville Birth, Marriage, or Death Record
    I will go to the Somerville City Clerks Office and pull and record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    $55.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Somerville Birth, Marriage, or Death Record

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Somerville City Clerks Office and pull and record they have--birth, marriage, or death.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need name(s), event date (birth, marriage, death), and parent names, if the surname is common.


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  • Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn,...
    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries: Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Some...

    $50.00

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    Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn, Somerville MA Obituaries (date of death not known)

    $50.00/record

    Description

    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries: Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Somerville, MA. If your relative lived in one of these towns when they died, then an obituary may be available!

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need the name and approximate date of death. For $50 I will do basic research to try to determine date of death and then lookup the obituary. (Please note that I charge the same fee whether or not an obituary is found.)


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  • 1/2 Hour Research at the Massachusetts Archives...
    I will conduct 30 minutes of research at the MA Archives for records other than B-M-D. See other listing for B-M-D records. T...

    $30.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    1/2 Hour Research at the Massachusetts Archives (besides B-M-D)

    $30.00/record

    Description

    I will conduct 30 minutes of research at the MA Archives for records other than B-M-D. See other listing for B-M-D records.

    The charges are the same whether or not records are located. Includes travel, parking, copies, etc. If you need more than a half hour, see my other listing.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please describe the research you'd like me to do for you.


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  • Military Service Records (Pre WW1)
    I will locate pre-World War I military service records.

    $75.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Military Service Records (Pre WW1)

    $75.00/record

    Description

    I will locate pre-World War I military service records.

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need their full name and date of birth and I will work from there. Includes 30 minutes of research to locate the records.


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  • Military Pension Records (Pre WW1)
    I will locate military pension records, pre WW1

    $125.00

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    Military Pension Records (Pre WW1)

    $125.00/record

    Description

    I will locate military pension records, pre WW1

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need their full name, date of birth and I will work from there. Includes 30 minutes of research to locate the records.


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  • Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn,...
    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries. Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Some...

    $30.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn, Somerville MA Obituaries (date of death is known)

    $30.00/record

    Description

    I will lookup the obituary you need from one of the following libraries. Lowell, Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Woburn or Somerville, MA. If your relative lived in one of these towns when they died, then an obituary may be available!

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need their name and approx date of death. For $30 I will do basic research to one month after the date of death to locate the obituary (+/-). (Please note, that the $ found/ not found are the same)


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  • Cemetery Photos (location known)
    If you know the name of the cemetery and plot etc. Then I will travel to the cemetery photograph the main entrance and the head...

    $60.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Cemetery Photos (location known)

    $60.00/record

    Description

    If you know the name of the cemetery and plot etc. Then I will travel to the cemetery photograph the main entrance and the headstone and surrounding area. The fee covers one hour including travel time to and from the cemetery.

    Ordering Instructions

    I will need the name, date of birth/death, cemetery name and address and plot number and anything else that will help me locate the cemetery and plot/ marker. Please note that not all burials have a marker. An area photo will be substituted.


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  • MA Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1841-1910
    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it...

    $55.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    MA Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1841-1910

    $55.00/record

    Description

    I will go to the Massachusetts Archives on a weekly (or Bi-Monthly) basis and make a copy of the requested record and upload it to the ssytem as time allows.

    Ordering Instructions

    I need the full name of the deceased person and the date of death as near as possible.


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100% positive

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mbm1311

I give Robert a 100% positive on my Surname project. He did an excellent job. Very professional. I hope he will work with me in the future. Thank you Robert!Mary Beth

March 2016


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mbm1311

Hi Robert,Thanks for asking about asking about the bible page. To keep it simple I think we should site the Bible pages to Mary Ellen McEvoy (wife of Samuel Roach) only. I agree with you that we could site it to 100 events but I’m going to be using actual vital records to site many of the events she wrote in her bible. So just attach the bible page to Mary Ellen McEvoy.Secondly, I will pay for the additional time. You don’t have to figure out how much time you need. Let’s see where we are at when you work the hours I will pay for now.Thank you for your efforts, you seem to be thorough but consciousness in your questions so as to save me money by using time wisely.Mary Beth

March 2016


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mjfreed11

Great work! I'll probably have other items to look up in Boston and hope you will consider working on them.

June 2013


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LindaVixie

My document was retrieved and posted much faster than I expected, and was fully sourced. Provider's communication is complete, prompt, polite,and very helpful. I thoroughly recommend his services.

April 2013


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startiara

Rankenbauer was very clear about the findings. I loved his quick and clear communication regarding any delays or mix ups. Was very pleased with working with him and hope to do so in the future.

April 2013


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sopko14

Great work! This was a hard one. Thank you!

April 2013


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arcamp

Excellent!!!! Thank You, I love working with you. You are so fast and efficient. I will print this out and give it to him to take to WV. You've definitely saved us some steps and time.

April 2013


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arcamp

Thank you for helping me try and solve the many mysteries....:0) I'm glad I'm not the only one who had trouble locating him. I look forward to continuing the search.

April 2013


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sopko14

Always does a great job.

April 2013


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skipcoghlan

Greatly appreciated rankenbauer's extra effort with my printing problems. Thanks.

April 2013


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