Note from Gena and Jean: Today we welcome our returning sponsor Paul Friday. More information about Paul can be found on his website, Search-ne.
Search-ne (for Search New England) conducts genealogical and historical research, primarily in New Hampshire, but also in the other New England states.
The owner—Paul Friday—is a board-certified genealogist (2009) and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He successfully completed the 17-credit BYU certificate program in North American Genealogy (2001), and the Advanced Methodology courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2008) and at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (2008). He began client research in 2009.
Search-ne provides onsite research followed by a complete research report that documents and analyzes the findings. The sources Paul consults include vital records, census, probate, deeds, tax, newspapers, military, and manuscripts. He travels throughout New England to visit any repository that might hold the solution to your quest. If you prefer to conduct the research yourself, he will prepare a detailed research plan that you can use to continue your search (this is called a consultation).
Bear in mind that many records have been lost (fire, flood, etc.) or may never have been created in the first place. This lack of records can make it more difficult—but not impossible—to solve some research puzzles. Indirect/circumstantial evidence can be accumulated and used to arrive at a conclusion. This approach generally requires additional research time, but can be successful.
Paul has published articles in four journals, and has compiled two books: Military Manuscripts at theState Historical Societies in New England (518 pp.), and Vital Record Manuscripts at the State Historical Societies in New England (297 pp.). Both are partial inventories of the military and vital record manuscripts at the six historical societies. Manuscripts are often overlooked in a research project, but they contain a great deal of extremely useful original and printed material. Unfortunately, not all of those documents appear in a repository’s catalogs; the two books uncover some of these “hidden” documents. The books are available in book stores or at Amazon.com.
You can contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website www.search-ne.com. He wishes you the best of luck in your research journey.