M. Kathryn Kelly | Genealogist

Research Services

1233 Main Street

Hartford, Maine 04220 US

+1.2074614700

Genealogy@MKathrynKelly.com



A project begins with a free consultation to determine exactly what it is you would like to accomplish with your research.  We exchange a variety of information and together, then come up with a plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.  A contract and reasonable rates will be made available, at your request during this preliminary period, but the actual research process won't begin until this contract is signed and returned with a retainer paid through this website. 


  • do you have only one name to begin with, a family story, the names of your aunts and uncles?
  • are you just beginning your genealogy, or looking for help with some branches that are a little more challenging than you expected? 
  • You are trying to find the ancestor that settled on some bounty land in exchange for military service
  • Will your project require a five hour research session, ten hours, thirty hours, or four weeks?
  • Do you need a research plan designed, a proof argument, a family tree, a booklet for a family reunion?
  • Having trouble with that Mayflower application, DAR or SAR application you started and set aside for later? 
  • Would you like to locate only a certain generation of your family, or see if they show up in a specific area, or during a certain time frame? 
  • Are you looking for lost connections to establish kinship for a probate or legal issue? 
  • Do you use Ancestry.com,  Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic or Family Search, MyHeritage or Wiki-pages?  Do you prefer to work in hard-copy paper and note book format? 
  • How do I tell a good 'member tree' from a questionable one? Can you fix my Ancestry.com tree?
  • "We are a small historical society interested in a presentation of 'Genealogy for Beginners' at next month's meeting, do you offer this?"
  • I would like to honor my Military Veteran Ancestor for their service.  Where do I start?
  • I know where they were born and lived, but where are they buried?


We work this all out together, so please feel comfortable asking questions.  A contract and reasonable rates will be made available at your request during this preliminary period, but the actual research process won't begin until this contract is signed and returned with a retainer paid through this website.


There is usually a ring of truth to every 'Family  Legend 'our Goal is to find the bell ...

Do you still remember the stories your grandparents used to tell?  History used to be passed down by storytellers and sung by bards.  Not everyone learned the art of writing, and those that did became the clergy, teachers, town clerks, and legalists. Usually someone in the family could write the family names, birth dates, marriages and deaths in the family bible, but beyond that family history was for the most part, kept as a verbal tradition.   We can get to the root of that family tradition and find out how it came about and the facts that brought it too life.  Let us honor the story and the memory of the ancestors that inspired it by discovering the facts and adding them to your own family history.


Take a moment and write down those stories, or better yet, get out that video camera and go ask your eldest family member about their childhood.  Start with the most senior of your family, before you loose the gift of their memory and presence.


Maybe you just have some notes you made here and there; or you are just not sure how to start assembling your thoughts. Getting from a shoe box full of pictures, letters and family stories to and interesting family tree is not as difficult as you may think, just start with one small family - yours.  Record what you know in any manner you like.  Use the backs of family group sheets or a separate sheet of paper; work on a computer, by e-mail and/or word processing documents.


Family Group Sheets can help you organize your information and are useful to make notes on.  The more you can add the better, all the details count.  Fill them out to the best of your ability and as accurately as possible.  If you have some research done already, please include your sources.  Include every bit of information you may know about the person or persons being researched, listing one family group onto one family group sheet.  Identify the members you wish to be researched and list their parents, siblings and spouses including any birth, marriage, or death dates.  The location of these events are very important also, so include any family residences and their locations in  towns or cities, counties and states.  Adding physical descriptions such as hair and eye color, medical or physical limitations are important.  Injuries incrured during military service may help identify 'same-name' individuals, or siblings, separate Scr. from Jr., and so on. We can also transcribe and-or abstract those old letters, legal documents, historical deeds and scripts, archival microfilm, or calligraphies you have collected to reveal more details about your family and this hand-written snapshot in time.


Don't forget to include the maiden names of married ladies. This is critical in establishing your family's genealogy.  In some countries, the line is traced maternally, or back through the mother, as opposed to being traced through the father's ancestors.  In the world of genealogy, ladies are typically addressed by their maiden names.  Again, record what you know in any manner you like.  Use the backs of the family group sheets or a separate sheet of paper; work on a computer, by e-mail and/or word processing documents.

Include photocopies, .pdf's, or scan and e-mail copies of documents you have already obtained such as certificates of births, marriages, marriage intentions, deaths, obituaries etc., but please  do not send your original documents, send only photocopies or scanned electronic copies.  We do not want to duplicate your efforts unnecessarily and this also may give additional information and another avenue to pursue.  If you have a tree 'on-line' already, we will want to take a look at how far you have gotten and what material you have used to get there.


An 'invitation' to your on-line work is most welcome.