Are you stumped in your New York genealogy research?

Would you like to discover your family history mystery?

Let me, Jane E. Wilcox, help you solve your ancestry puzzle.

Jane E. Wilcox — Professional genealogist and host of “The Forget Me Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told”

Let me, Jane E. Wilcox, help you solve your early New York and vicinity ancestry puzzle.

Did you know that many of New York’s local genealogy and family history records have not yet been digitized or microfilmed, so they cannot be found on-line? One of my specialties is tracking down original sources, finding the records that can be found only on the ground, right in your ancestor’s own backyard prior to the Civil War. Sometimes it also takes someone with seasoned genealogy analytic skills to connect the dots in the research data. In addition to traditional genealogical research in records, I also use DNA testing and analysis in projects where it can be used.

Call 845-430-9582 or email me here for a complimentary consultation on how I can help you with your genealogy research or family tree.

I’m Jane E. Wilcox . I’m a

  • Member of the New York State Archives Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
  • Member of the New York Family History Advisory Committee, New York Genealogical and Biographical (NYG&B) Society
  •  5-star rated expert
  • Author of the forthcoming New York State Archives–A Guide: For Family Historians, Biographers, and Historical Research, published by the NYG&B in conjunction with the New York State Archives
  • Former editorial board member of the NYG&B’s The Record
  • Research consultant for the NYG&B’s annual research trip to the NY State Library and Archives in Albany (2012-2020, 2022) and for its annual research trip in New York City (2017 and 2019)
  • Instructor at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) July 2020, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) January 2019 and January 2016, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) June 2018  and June 2015 in Karen Mauer Jones’s “Researching New York: Resources and Strategies” week-long course (six sessions for each)
  • Speaker at National Genealogical Society (NGS) and Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS) conferences; at regional and local societies (such as New York State Family History Conference [NYSFHC] and New England Regional Genealogical Consortium [NERGC]); and for Legacy Family Tree and Family Tree University webinars, as well as at the National Archives at New York City and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY
  • Host of The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show on the internet 2010-2018
  • Consultant for the producers of the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a genealogy mystery TV pilot.

My forte is in-depth New York research prior to the Civil War and building cases where there are no straightforward answers. I don’t leave any record un-examined, often using overlooked sources throughout the region–from New York City to Long Island and New Jersey, in the Hudson River valley and the Mohawk River valley, elsewhere in upstate New York, and bordering states, as well as on-line.

I love putting the pieces of the ancestry puzzle together. As I do genealogy research, it seems to me that the ancestors want their stories to be told, and I am the ancestor detective who can help you unlock the mysteries of your family history.

I work with my clients in any way that they like. As a former teacher, I particularly enjoy spending a day or two with a client on the ground in New York, guiding them with their research in New York repositories. I also work in collaboration with other clients to tackle the research together, teaching them what I know, or I take off with the research and present a client with reports along the way. Researching your ancestors, your way.

Whatever the scope of your project—from a few hours of research looking for one link that you can’t find, to guiding you in your own research, to researching your entire family tree, call me at 845-430-9582 or contact me here to see how I can help you with your genealogy.

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