Specific “brick wall” problems and compiled genealogies are researched and reported on. We specialize in Irish-American, Irish, and Massachusetts Heir Search. All on-site research services include fully documented reports.
After speaking with your relatives and compiling birth, marriage, and death certificates, and likely performing your own internet search, you may feel the need to explore the services of a professional to further your research goals.
Brophy Professional Genealogy & Heir Searching offers research services for specific “brick wall” problems and compiled genealogies. Specialties include Irish-American, Irish, Massachusetts and Heir Search.
Any researcher you hire should design a research plan targeted to your goals. You should be prepared to provide copies of family group sheets, census records and other records you feel are important. Please provide a list of searches you have completed, both with positive and negative results, so that we do not duplicate your research.
Please be aware that historic records are often not complete and limitations exist. For example, Irish Civil registration for births, marriages and deaths did not start until 1864. The 1890 US census has been almost entirely lost to history except for a few thousand names.
Research services content includes Problem Analysis and Planning, Research, Compilation and Reporting. You will receive a report detailing the research request, the records searched, the information contained, and a summary of the research. You will receive all documentation and cited sources covered in the report.
Fees are hourly and competitive for researchers with comparable experience and training. Necessary and actual expenses are in addition to this cost. A “good faith” deposit is required to start work on any project after the research goals and maximum number of hours contracted have been agreed upon.
"When I turned to Mike to ask if he could help us with researching my family history which is out of state, and out of the country. Mike's knowledge, contacts and experience was invaluable. His expertise in the field were so helpful in uncovering and delivering an in-depth report on my family history. Thank you for uncovering the past, and providing such complete information on our family, it's very special to have this information for future generations."
"We wondered for years about the exact place of origin of our family in Ireland. We had some vague ideas passed down through the generations, but nothing concrete. Brophy figured it out based on the few scraps of information we had, and did so efficiently and thoroughly. It was pretty incredible to see actual documents, such as the ship’s manifest showing the exact date when my great grandfather came to the United States, the name of the ship and other details. “21 yrs old, one bag.” We now know When our American story began, and what my ancestor carried. Priceless."
"My family thought our long-lost cousins would never be found. Roadblocks and dead ends are part of the trade. Mike Brophy gave me the steps to guide me through the mind fields along the way to finding and contacting my cousins. Even a trip to Salt Lake City proved fruitless. His expertise in this area is immeasurable."