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A very personal letter from your favorite genealogist Arlene Eakle, about a Genealogy Research Grant up to $400.00 that I am offering directly to you.

 Your Very Own Genealogy
Economic Stimulus Package
Is Waiting For You to Claim It...NOW.  Today!

I’m serious. You can claim Your Very Own Economic Stimulus Package. Read on…

I'm offering you an economic stimulus Genealogy Research Grant worth up to $400.00. I’ll explain at the end of this letter how to claim it.

First, let me tell you the reasons I’ve made such a BOLD offer to you–You, my most loyal genealogy friends and clients.

1. Reason One:  Given the state of the economy in 2010, you have probably said to yourself, “I just can’t use my money on ancestors. They will have to wait.” Actually they can't wait. Actually, ancestors provide the most stable anchor you can give your family members, your children, and your grandchildren in times of chaos. Children who know their ancestors are less likely to do drugs, drop out of school, cheat on exams, experiment with sex, or get arrested as a juvenile.

2. Reason Two:  Frankly, I know that times are tough: 9-cent milk is a $1.00 per day loss per cow. We’re dairy farmers. And we’re losing more than $200.00 every day. Yet, who better to come to the rescue with your own personal recession-buster during difficult times than your favorite genealogist Arlene Eakle? I know how important ancestors are. And, I don’t want money alone to stand in your way. Or uncertainty about how you get your hard-to-find ancestors identified.

3. Reason Three:  And because my research earnings support The Genealogy Library Center, Inc. and, alone, pay its expenses at the moment–I don’t want that significant research-preservation facility to suffer either, during these down times. We formed the non-profit Genealogy Research Center, Inc. to save genealogists’ original research notes and proof from being thrown away or otherwise lost to us forever.

So I’m making the most generous Genealogy Research Grant offer–EVER! Up to $400.00.

No other professional genealogist cares the way I do.

Hey, I’m not trying to brag here. No other professional genealogist has ever provided such a generous genealogy bonus. It’s just that no other professional genealogist cares the way I do. Your research momentum needn’t stop when it is most important to continue on. And when it can do the most good for your family.

You will also want to know that my genealogy business has been around since 1962, first in Woods Cross, then Salt Lake City, then Tremonton UT. Other genealogy research firms and professionals have come and gone, I am still here. In business. Tracing families and their origins for over 600 clients all this time.  And consulting with some 400 others who wanted to trace their ancestry themselves. I’ve seen for myself, how much excitement new ancestors can bring to people–Remember, in my opinion, genealogy is a necessity.

"...totally awesome conversation starter..."

Imagine! What a totally awesome conversation starter for your family and friends–what you know about newly-identified ancestors–their lives, their origins, their out-of-the-ordinary exploits. Much better than repeating the “doom and gloom” and mayhem you hear on the news! If you are ready to track-down the identity of your hardest-to-find ancestors you can get STARTED HERE.

Another genealogy bonus for you: my 96% success rate!  For more than 30 years, in good times and in bad, genealogy investment in my ability to research hard-to-find ancestors has continued without stopping. My success rate is still 96%–this is a tremendous bonus to you–and  you receive generous search mileage for every research $ you entrust to my care.

  • Because…you get my 96% success rate guaranteed. I know that my research system–The Jurisdictional Approach(TM)–can find 96% of your hard-to-find-ancestors–month after month, year after year. Remember, that the ancestors who fall into the 4% not yet found, change all the time–I find one and replace him with a “lost” ancestor. Then I find that ancestor and replace her with another “lost” ancestor. These “lost” ancestors have a really difficult time hiding from me for long!
  • Because…When your ancestors and your research fall into the same set of records as other clients–you share the cost of the search. The surnames of each client are researched at the same time.
  • Because…your ancestors are always in my mind (or at least recorded in my own genealogy “research companion” that I take with me as a reference at libraries and archives). When I search in places nearby where theses ancestors also lived, I pull them from the sources too. This gives you entries for your people that you may not find again. It would take pages to tell you of the difficult research problems I have solved by finding people in places they were not known to reside!

Recent Questions About My Genealogy Research Services Prompted These Answers:

1. Fees. My research fees are set to include a certain number of hours plus the costs directly associated with that work—copy costs, postage to ship reports, etc. Travel costs are negotiated ahead of time—always. Or I get your approval within a specific $ range ahead of time. I present you with no surprises. No research bills. I request my research fee upfront. If I underestimate what the project will cost, I eat the overrun. No cost surprises.

2. Photocopy costs. If I discover some great thing that I want to copy and it requires a huge outlay, I will notify you ahead of time. With reasons why the item is significant. That way the bulk of your research funds always go to research.

3. Reports. Reports with accompanying documentation are usually multiple-volume and shipped by postal mail, unless UPS is requested. My skills at scanning maps and documents are limited. And I prefer to have a paper copy so that we can actually write on the images if we need to. You know there is a full paper copy of your report as a safeguard against loss.  The formal written report comes by email ahead of the mailing. It will alert you that the documentation is being shipped. And it will pose questions still unanswered with recommendations for further research. An accounting of your funds is included.

4. Copyright. You own your own stuff. I usually request the right to share the research I do for you with others who may share your ancestry. You can request that I keep it private and I will honor your wishes. Even though you pay for the work I do for you, others pay for their work too. By sharing, research for both of you can go farther. Again, I will honor your wishes.
Joint ownership--My research analysis on your ancestry is a shared right: I reserve my right to use new techniques, new sources, etc. in my seminar teaching and my written works so that others can benefit from those examples. You retain the right to publish those same elements in your work. This is an example of joint ownership.

I do not use documents or other materials from your own personal archive without your permission. And I do not share information on living persons with anyone. With this said, photocopies included in my reports to you may be from copyrighted works or from archives that reserve the copyright. I can share them as part of a work of original research.

When you decide to publish a family history, you will need to secure permission to use those items in your printed work. Some government documents, especially in the United Kingdom, and some original sources preserved in libraries and archives carry their own copyrights. Again, permission is required when they are published.

5. Good Research Mileage. If I have two clients with research in the same set of records, I research them at the same time. This gives you good mileage through those records. Whatever analysis I do for those sources is also shared, since it applies to the same records used in more than one project. You have the right to use it and the other client also has the right to use it. Again the mileage thing.

And quite often, especially in Southwestern Virginia where I currently have several clients, the research often overlaps.

Ancestors of one or more clients turn out to be related by blood or by marriage. You get your names, they get theirs in that source. And my analysis. And a note of the shared ancestry. And a recommendation for a shared project. All of this holds true for field research too.

6. DNA results. I have great faith in DNA identifying correct lineage connections. However, databases are still too limited and small to be definitive. So using DNA for migration patterns is still chancy. I am currently the genealogist who creates the paper trail for a family international DNA project. There are still surprises in the written documents that must be considered along with the quantums. DNA can supply the overall direction of the research, expecting it to stand alone is a mistake, in my opinion.  You can examine the research results provided by DNA matches on the Winslow Farr Family website: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Bluffs/2806/index4.htm
How to claim your Genealogy Research Grant up to $400.00:

1. Download and Print the Genealogy Research Grant attached.

2. Circle your own personal grant choice on page one of the Genealogy Research Grant .

3. Match it to the Research Package on page two.

4. Review the Checklist and prepare your genealogy data for your hardest-to-find ancestors.

5. Choose your payment: credit card--we accept AE, VISA, MC, Discover, GSA. Or personal check. Or pay online with your PayPal account.

6. Ship your Grant, your Payment, and your Research details directly to me–Arlene Eakle, PO Box 129, Tremonton UT 84337-0129.  Or you can send your details by email to arlene@arleneeakle.com.

You can entrust your ancestors and your research investment to my 96% success rate with confidence–knowing that month-after-month, year-after-year, that success rate has remained true and steady. Your favorite genealogist, Arlene H. Eakle PhD.

PS I have researched Southern States ancestors (Including Native Americans and the Scots-Irish).  Difficult-to-trace pedigrees from New York and Pennsylvania.  Families from the British Isles (including Ireland) since 1972. With an 85% renewal rate because you receive results:

  • Profile your ancestors--even though the word Profile has taken on a negative meaning in today's media, a profile outlines occupation, religious background, ethnic origins, family naming patterns, dates and routes of migration, education. With these items in mind, specific jurisdictions, most likely to keep genealogy records on your ancestors, can be searched for details.
  • George Sanderson was a silk weaver in Derbyshire England. The mill in which he was working closed down three years after his marriage. The parish churchbooks do not tell where he went for employment. Instead of searching surrounding parishes in ever-widening circles to find him, we can draw a straight line to the nearest silk mill where he could obtain work and discover him there.
  • Track down family records--your family members need not be prominent to deposit their genealogy papers in local historical societies and public libraries. These private genealogy research collections often contain the original family papers.
  • The Library of Virginia in Richmond (formerly the Virginia State Library) holds 176 separate documents pertaining to Zachariah Johnston of Augusta and Rockbridge counties. With an additional 626 documents and 7 volumes of genealogy records preserved in Duke University Library, Durham NC.
  • Finding these records eliminates the need for searches in unindexed sources. The Johnston genealogy papers include wills, deeds, guardianship appointments, church certificates and transfers, family Bible data, correspondence with family members who migrated West, newspaper clippings, tax receipts, and military service records and medals. And the plum of them all--the account book and diary begun in 1709 as the family prepared to leave Ireland for America!
  • Take time to search for "lost" genealogy records--Some genealogy records were actually preserved by the Civil War: the Federal Government offered individual reimbursements, called reparations, to Southerners who claimed loyalty to the Union.
  • This meant they did not serve in enemy militia units, or pay taxes to enemy governments, or sit on enemy juries or courts martial. Many Southerners claimed loyalty. So the Government officials confiscated local tax and court documents for evidence to check their claims out. These research materials are now preserved in Federal archives throughout the South where they can searched.
  • Contact living family members for data--You and your relatives store a wealth of genealogy data about your family in memory. While something you remember being told may seem commonplace to you, we can use these clues to save hours of research time hunting.
  • Opal Rippeto did not have the family Bible; she did still live on the family land in Missouri and she knew that her ancestor William Rippeto did come from Kentucky into Missouri long before she was born. This verified what the records seemed to tell us: two distinct Williams came to Kentucky from Virginia and then one went on to Missouri.

What genealogists are saying about my research services:

  • Dear Arlene, "Thanks for the Godkin references. It was everything I expected and more. Over the years, I have spent very large sums of money, on researchers, around the world, and the fee, that I paid to you, was, in my opinion, worth 100 times more than I paid. Thanks ever so much."  Wally McMahon, Brisbane Australia
  • "Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D., is an excellent example of a researcher whose extraordinary education and the generous use of her knowledge readily, as compared with other genealogists, 'separates the men from the boys.'  I've known her personally since 1971, and can honestly say that I know of no better researcher in her field of expertise." D. J. Martin, Ph.D.  Newton, KS

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