Carole provides a number of services for her clients. From document retrieval in repositories or archives to in-depth research, trip planning, lectures, and assistance in organization, Carole will work with you to help you connect with your family history. Her roots are in the Western Pennsylvania area, but she is available to travel to Eastern Pennsylvania where she has also researched extensively.

Document Retrieval

If you know the record you need is at one of the repositories in the western Pennsylvania area, Carole can retrieve it for you. Repositories include the Detre Archives at the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Archives and Service Center, the courthouses in Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, and Washington Counties,  


As a former librarian, Carole is adept at researching using sources both in print, in person, and online. She can help you solve some of those brick walls by completing an research plan and implementing it.To begin the process she will consult with you to determine your goals and the time you would like devoted to the task. After the research is  conducted and analysed the client will receive a written report with documents and suggestions for further research.

Organizational Assistance

One of the most frustrating tasks for the family researcher is organizing the research and multitude of documents and papers. Carole will be able to help you sort through that and bring some order to your stuff.


Carole is available to speak to your civic or genealogy group on a number of topics. Her lectures are about an hour in length and cover a wide range of topics. See the lecture page for a description of those presentations.

Trip Planning

Are you looking to vist an ancestral homestead or research in a familial town? Carole can help you make arrangements for that trip or work with you to take a group abroad. She has taken groups of students to Europe and has planned an ancestral tour for a family group of twenty.