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The Skeleton Whisperer

Riverside County, CA

Unearthing the Story of Your Ancestors

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$40.00/hour

Sara Cochran

Riverside County, CA
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100%

Response Time

5 hours


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About Me

I've been researching family trees for 25 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.

Research Services

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

Education/Training

Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University
ProGen Study Group34, Alumni
SLIG 2019, Advanced Genealogical Methods

Associate's Degree in Library Science
Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in Library Science/Liberal Arts.

Research Specialities
  • Irish
  • Vital Records
  • Civil War
  • Lineage Society
  • Federal Records
  • Catholic
  • Military
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
Educational Background
  • Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Studies
  • ProGen Certificate of Completion
Birth/marriage/death records
Brick wall analysis/research planning
Cemetery photos
Descendancy research
Divorce records
Genetic genealogy
Land/tax records
Lineage determination
Lineage society applications
Manuscript preparation
Naturalization records
Obituary research
Pension/military service records
Photo restoration
Probate/court records
Surname studies
Translation/transcription

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, vital records, and much much more. I can se...

    $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, vital records, and much much more. I can search for and retrieve these records for you.

    Depending on the type of record or the repository, there may be expenses beyond the retrieval fee; these may include but are not limited to, copy fees, parking fees, or retrieval fees if the records are stored off-site.

    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, marriage announcements, graduations, and obituaries to appear.

    Records are delivered digitally as .jpg files.

    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...

    $160.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Research Project - 4 hours

    $160.00/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 start 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.


    ×
  • Riverside County Court Records
    Available Riverside County court records include (but are not limited to) divorce, criminal, and civil cases. The court charges a $15 search fee a...

    $75.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Court Records

    $75.00/record

    Description

    Available Riverside County court records include (but are not limited to) divorce, criminal, and civil cases. The court charges a $15 search fee and a $28 retrieval fee for each case, plus 50c a page for copies. The fee below includes these charges and the first 12 copies from the case.

    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 the full case file (or which specific documents) from the divorce of John and Jane Doe, 1 Jan 1968.


    ×
  • Riverside County Birth Records
    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of birth records are available to the public. Infor...

    $40.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Birth Records

    $40.00/record

    Description

    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of birth records are available to the public. Informational copies will be marked as "informational, not a valid document to establish identity" across the front.

    In most cases, you will have a PDF Copy of your record within 1 business day of submitting payment to GenLighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the full name, date of birth, and place of birth of the individual whose record you are requesting. The birth must have occurred in Riverside County.

    If you would like the original copy mailed to you, please provide your address when submitting your request.


    ×
  • Riverside County Marriage Records
    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of marriage records are available to the public. C...

    $25.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Marriage Records

    $25.00/record

    Description

    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of marriage records are available to the public.

    California also issues "Confidential Marriage Licenses." These records are restricted to the parties on the record.

    In most cases, you will have your record within 1 business day of submitting payment to GenLighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the full names of the bridal party, date of marriage, and place of marriage for the record you are requesting. The marriage must have occurred in Riverside County.

    If you would like the original copy mailed to you, please provide your address when submitting your request.


    ×
  • Riverside County Death Records
    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of death records are available to the public. Inf...

    $35.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Death Records

    $35.00/record

    Description

    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of death records are available to the public. Informational copies will be marked as "informational, not a valid document to establish identity" across the front. Recent death records may also have certain information redacted on the record; most often, this will be the decedent's Social Security Number and the signature of the attending Physician.

    In most cases, you will have your record within 1 business day of submitting payment to GenLighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the full name, date of death, and place of death of the individual whose record you are requesting. The death must have occurred in Riverside County.

    If you would like the original copy mailed to you, please provide your address when submitting your request.


    ×

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clpeters23

I am so pleased with the documents Sara found for me! Her fees were very reasonable and she even included an obituary I'd been searching for. Can't recommend her enough, and will definitely be consulting her again!

May 2018


Sara Cochran

Riverside County, CA

$40.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

5 hours

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About Me

I've been researching family trees for 25 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.

Research Services

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

Education/Training

Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University
ProGen Study Group34, Alumni
SLIG 2019, Advanced Genealogical Methods

Associate's Degree in Library Science
Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in Library Science/Liberal Arts.

Research Specialities
  • Irish
  • Vital Records
  • Civil War
  • Lineage Society
  • Federal Records
  • Catholic
  • Military
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
Educational Background
  • Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Studies
  • ProGen Certificate of Completion
Birth/marriage/death records
Brick wall analysis/research planning
Cemetery photos
Descendancy research
Divorce records
Genetic genealogy
Land/tax records
Lineage determination
Lineage society applications
Manuscript preparation
Naturalization records
Obituary research
Pension/military service records
Photo restoration
Probate/court records
Surname studies
Translation/transcription

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, vital records, and much ...

    $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, vital records, and much much more. I can search for and retrieve these records for you.

    Depending on the type of record or the repository, there may be expenses beyond the retrieval fee; these may include but are not limited to, copy fees, parking fees, or retrieval fees if the records are stored off-site.

    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, marriage announcements, graduations, and obituaries to appear.

    Records are delivered digitally as .jpg files.

    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...

    $160.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Research Project - 4 hours

    $160.00/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 start 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.


    ×
  • Riverside County Court Records
    Available Riverside County court records include (but are not limited to) divorce, criminal, and civil cases. The court charge...

    $75.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Court Records

    $75.00/record

    Description

    Available Riverside County court records include (but are not limited to) divorce, criminal, and civil cases. The court charges a $15 search fee and a $28 retrieval fee for each case, plus 50c a page for copies. The fee below includes these charges and the first 12 copies from the case.

    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 the full case file (or which specific documents) from the divorce of John and Jane Doe, 1 Jan 1968.


    ×
  • Riverside County Birth Records
    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of birth records are available t...

    $40.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Birth Records

    $40.00/record

    Description

    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of birth records are available to the public. Informational copies will be marked as "informational, not a valid document to establish identity" across the front.

    In most cases, you will have a PDF Copy of your record within 1 business day of submitting payment to GenLighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the full name, date of birth, and place of birth of the individual whose record you are requesting. The birth must have occurred in Riverside County.

    If you would like the original copy mailed to you, please provide your address when submitting your request.


    ×
  • Riverside County Marriage Records
    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of marriage records are availabl...

    $25.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Marriage Records

    $25.00/record

    Description

    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of marriage records are available to the public.

    California also issues "Confidential Marriage Licenses." These records are restricted to the parties on the record.

    In most cases, you will have your record within 1 business day of submitting payment to GenLighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the full names of the bridal party, date of marriage, and place of marriage for the record you are requesting. The marriage must have occurred in Riverside County.

    If you would like the original copy mailed to you, please provide your address when submitting your request.


    ×
  • Riverside County Death Records
    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of death records are available...

    $35.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Riverside County Death Records

    $35.00/record

    Description

    Riverside County began recording vital records from its creation in 1893. Informational copies of death records are available to the public. Informational copies will be marked as "informational, not a valid document to establish identity" across the front. Recent death records may also have certain information redacted on the record; most often, this will be the decedent's Social Security Number and the signature of the attending Physician.

    In most cases, you will have your record within 1 business day of submitting payment to GenLighten.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the full name, date of death, and place of death of the individual whose record you are requesting. The death must have occurred in Riverside County.

    If you would like the original copy mailed to you, please provide your address when submitting your request.


    ×

Reviews
References
1 Review
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
10371378 10201088662937666 6313004232444923715 n

clpeters23

I am so pleased with the documents Sara found for me! Her fees were very reasonable and she even included an obituary I'd been searching for. Can't recommend her enough, and will definitely be consulting her again!

May 2018