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Unearthing the Story of Your Ancestors

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Unearthing the Story of Your Ancestors

$35.00/hr

Sara Cochran

Riverside County, California
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Response Rate

100%

Response Time

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Provider Info
Services
About Me

I have been researching the family tree for over 20 years. Being a researcher in the digital age means there's a lot of records available to me -- and you! -- from home. But not everything is online yet, and some of the most valuable records I have were obtained "on the ground" in libraries and repositories.

I started The Skeleton Whisperer to help other researchers find those off-line records and to help budding genealogists grow their family trees successfully.

Education/Training

I hold a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, an Associate's Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in Library Science/Liberal Arts.

Research Services

Offering record look-ups and on-site research as well as assistance with brick walls, consultations, lectures, and general genealogy research.

Research Specialities
  • Irish
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Riverside, CA
  • Moreno Valley, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • South Dakota, USA
  • Ireland
  • Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Research Repositories
  • National Archives at Riverside
  • Riverside Public Library
  • Hemet Public Library
  • Moreno Valley Public Library
  • Riverside County Courthouse
  • San Bernardino Public Library
  • Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
  • Riverside California Family History Center
  • Upland California Family History Center
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Translation/transcription of historical documents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
Images

How to Hire The Skeleton Whisperer for Your Genealogy Research Project

To request a no-obligation quote for a custom genealogical research project, click the red "Submit Research Request" button at the top of this page.

To message the provider before ordering, click the brown "Ask Question First" button.

If you're looking for assistance with straightforward document retrieval tasks, consider ordering one of the fixed-fee offerings below.

Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • General Record Retrieval
    Southern California is rich in records, including yearbooks, court and land records, city directories, and much much more. I can search for and re...

    $25.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    General Record Retrieval

    $25.00/record

    Description

    Southern California is rich in records, including yearbooks, court and land records, city directories, and much much more. I can search for and retrieve these records for you.

    You may choose between jpg, pdf or hard copy formats to receive your documents. Please specify which format you want when ordering.

    Ordering Instructions

    When ordering, you will need to provide the date of the event plus detailed information about the documents you need.
    Example: I would like Temecula Valley High School Yearbooks searched for John Smith, he attended between 1940-1944.


    ×
  • Newspaper Lookups
    I will search the date of the event plus up to 1 calendar week after the date event. This is usually sufficient time for articles like birth announ...

    $15.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Newspaper Lookups

    $15.00/record

    Description

    I will search the date of the event plus up to 1 calendar week after the date event. This is usually sufficient time for articles like birth announcements, graduations, and obituaries to appear.

    You may choose between jpg, pdf or hard copy formats to receive your documents. Please specify which format you want when ordering.

    If you choose to receive hard copies, the first 5 printouts +postage are included and additional printouts are $0.25/each.

    Ordering Instructions

    When ordering, you will need to provide the date of the event plus detailed information about the article you need.
    Example: I need an obituary for John Smith, died 2 April 1923 in Riverside, California.


    ×
  • Textual Records Research at Riverside NARA office
    The Riverside NARA office holds federal records for Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada. Their collection is vast and holds man...

    $25.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Textual Records Research at Riverside NARA office

    $25.00/record

    Description

    The Riverside NARA office holds federal records for Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada. Their collection is vast and holds many records valuable to a genealogists' research.

    http://www.archives.gov/riverside/

    NARA allows photos to be taken of their records. You may choose between jpg, pdf or hard copy formats to receive your documents. Please specify which format you want when ordering. Please note that as per the Riverside NARA policy, all hard copies from this office are printed on lavender paper.

    Ordering Instructions

    When ordering, please provide details about the person you're researching and what records you are searching for. You will also need to specify if you want digital images or paper copies of any found records.


    ×
  • Research Project - 4 hours
    For those times when you don’t have time to research your family tree, or just need some assistance with a specific person or family. This offerin...

    $140.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Research Project - 4 hours

    $140.00/record

    Description

    For those times when you don’t have time to research your family tree, or just need some assistance with a specific person or family.

    This offering includes 4 hours of research time which is used to review your existing information, formulate a research plan and begin the research. Expenses, such as the cost of ordering an obituary or vital record, are separate.

    When the four hours is complete, you’ll receive a report including the research plan and all research completed. You'll also receive a list of recommended research steps and a quote of additional time and expenses to fulfill those steps.

    Ordering Instructions

    After obtaining some starter information from you, I can starting researching your family tree or person.

    In the event that 4 hours is not needed to complete your project, remaining funds can be used on another request.


    ×

Sara Cochran

Riverside County, California

$35.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

unknown

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About Me

I have been researching the family tree for over 20 years. Being a researcher in the digital age means there's a lot of records available to me -- and you! -- from home. But not everything is online yet, and some of the most valuable records I have were obtained "on the ground" in libraries and repositories.

I started The Skeleton Whisperer to help other researchers find those off-line records and to help budding genealogists grow their family trees successfully.

Education/Training

I hold a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, an Associate's Degree in Library Science and a Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in Library Science/Liberal Arts.

Research Services

Offering record look-ups and on-site research as well as assistance with brick walls, consultations, lectures, and general genealogy research.

Research Specialities
  • Irish
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Riverside, CA
  • Moreno Valley, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • South Dakota, USA
  • Ireland
  • Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Research Repositories
  • National Archives at Riverside
  • Riverside Public Library
  • Hemet Public Library
  • Moreno Valley Public Library
  • Riverside County Courthouse
  • San Bernardino Public Library
  • Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
  • Riverside California Family History Center
  • Upland California Family History Center
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

How to Hire The Skeleton Whisperer for Your Genealogy Research Project

To request a no-obligation quote for a custom genealogical research project, click the red "Submit Research Request" button to the left.

To message the provider before ordering, click the brown "Ask a Question First" button.

If you're looking for assistance with straightforward document retrieval tasks, consider ordering one of the fixed-fee offerings below.

Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • General Record Retrieval
    Southern California is rich in records, including yearbooks, court and land records, city directories, and much much more. I c...

    $25.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    General Record Retrieval

    $25.00/record

    Description

    Southern California is rich in records, including yearbooks, court and land records, city directories, and much much more. I can search for and retrieve these records for you.

    You may choose between jpg, pdf or hard copy formats to receive your documents. Please specify which format you want when ordering.

    Ordering Instructions

    When ordering, you will need to provide the date of the event plus detailed information about the documents you need.
    Example: I would like Temecula Valley High School Yearbooks searched for John Smith, he attended between 1940-1944.


    ×
  • Newspaper Lookups
    I will search the date of the event plus up to 1 calendar week after the date event. This is usually sufficient time for articl...

    $15.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Newspaper Lookups

    $15.00/record

    Description

    I will search the date of the event plus up to 1 calendar week after the date event. This is usually sufficient time for articles like birth announcements, graduations, and obituaries to appear.

    You may choose between jpg, pdf or hard copy formats to receive your documents. Please specify which format you want when ordering.

    If you choose to receive hard copies, the first 5 printouts +postage are included and additional printouts are $0.25/each.

    Ordering Instructions

    When ordering, you will need to provide the date of the event plus detailed information about the article you need.
    Example: I need an obituary for John Smith, died 2 April 1923 in Riverside, California.


    ×
  • Textual Records Research at Riverside NARA office
    The Riverside NARA office holds federal records for Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada. Their collection i...

    $25.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Textual Records Research at Riverside NARA office

    $25.00/record

    Description

    The Riverside NARA office holds federal records for Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada. Their collection is vast and holds many records valuable to a genealogists' research.

    http://www.archives.gov/riverside/

    NARA allows photos to be taken of their records. You may choose between jpg, pdf or hard copy formats to receive your documents. Please specify which format you want when ordering. Please note that as per the Riverside NARA policy, all hard copies from this office are printed on lavender paper.

    Ordering Instructions

    When ordering, please provide details about the person you're researching and what records you are searching for. You will also need to specify if you want digital images or paper copies of any found records.


    ×
  • Research Project - 4 hours
    For those times when you don’t have time to research your family tree, or just need some assistance with a specific person or f...

    $140.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Research Project - 4 hours

    $140.00/record

    Description

    For those times when you don’t have time to research your family tree, or just need some assistance with a specific person or family.

    This offering includes 4 hours of research time which is used to review your existing information, formulate a research plan and begin the research. Expenses, such as the cost of ordering an obituary or vital record, are separate.

    When the four hours is complete, you’ll receive a report including the research plan and all research completed. You'll also receive a list of recommended research steps and a quote of additional time and expenses to fulfill those steps.

    Ordering Instructions

    After obtaining some starter information from you, I can starting researching your family tree or person.

    In the event that 4 hours is not needed to complete your project, remaining funds can be used on another request.


    ×

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