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Before Genealogical Research, I Hired A Professional!

Written by Lorel Kapke, Sort Your Story Founder

Walter Kapke. Photo courtesy Lorel Kapke.

Walter Kapke. Photo courtesy Lorel Kapke.

“BGR” also known as, Before Genealogical Research, I hired a professional!

Following my mother’s death in 1992, my father and I returned to Wisconsin for a family research visit in 1996. I began searching in earnest for the documents needed to tell my paternal family history. I hired a professional genealogist in Wisconsin to guide me in these early searches. This researcher provided me with numerous documents and records, which fed the fire.”  I received what I call ” a fabulous beginning in research.”

This researcher sent family group sheets and other material, yet one item stands out. This was my paternal family compilation!  Their is quite a bit of discussion within our genealogical community concerning compilations that are not 100 percent correct. In the KAPKE/KOEPKE Compilation introduction, Neil Kruger not only give thanks to Gertrude (Groth) Kaschner for her “tireless effort and long years of work” he also states ” a family tree is like a jigsaw puzzle.

There are always new pieces of information to be discovered, new information to be added, puzzle pieces to fit in, and errors to be uncovered. By asking each branch of the family for their information and then sending back my typed copy for corrections, I hope that errors are at a minimum. I was so fortunate to have received such a treasure that included correct and likely incorrect information that I WAS HOOKED on genealogy and research!

Have you hired a professional researcher? What was your experience?

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