Feel free to
contact us with any questions you might have. We will be glad
to talk to you about your
projects. Below we have answered some of the common questions
How much will it cost to research my family history?
Research Consultants charges an hourly rate for time spent researching,
analyzing, building your database, mapping land, etc. Half the
is charged for travel time. Expenses incurred on behalf of
the client are charged as a straight reimbursement of our expenses.
These expenses typically include such things as mileage (billed
at the allowable IRS rate), parking fees, photocopying fees,
expenses (hotel, meals), microfilm rentals, etc. and are
itemized separately on the invoice.
What will I get?
That depends upon what you want. You can contract for a
project scope anywhere from a review of your own research,
to a full history
of your ancestors
that culminates in a publication. Feel free to contact us to
discuss your needs.
Are there any guarantees of how much information
we can find on your ancestors? No, there are no guarantees
on what we will or will not find in the records. It is difficult
what the records hold in the way of information on your ancestors.
What we can guarantee is that we will put our best efforts
into your project.
Can I do some of the work myself? Can we work together on
my family history?
Of course we can work together as a team on your
research. We can assist you in filling gaps in the research
you have already started, act as a consultant to help direct
your research efforts,
or do all of the research for you. Feel free to contact us
to discuss your project ideas.
What records does Research Consultants utilize in the research
We don’t have to rely on microfilms of courthouse records to
do our research. We have easy access to many courthouses and
within a half hour
to a couple of hours drive of our office. Also, we have easy access to
Washington, DC where the Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR) library, Library
of Congress, and the National Archives are located.
What is the background of the primary
Jane E. Ailes is a full time professional genealogist specializing
in the records of western Virginia, eastern West Virginia and
western Maryland; African American research both pre- and post-Civil
neighborhood reconstruction; and genealogical and historical
research. Jane appears
in the PBS series “African American Lives” (http://www.pbs.org/aalives),
having researched the ancestry of Henry L. Gates, Jr., the
host of the series. Jane has a B.A. in biology from Bridgewater
Virginia. She worked for more than 20 years in the biology
field for the Smithsonian
Institution, University of Maine, University of Washington,
Marine Fisheries Service with terrestrial mammals, marine mammals
and larval fish; and in designing relational database applications.
Bibliography of publications
Jane Ailes and Marie Tyler-McGraw. "Leaving Virginia for Liberia: Western Virginia Emigrants and Emancipators." West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies, New Series Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2012): 1-34.
Jane Ailes and Marie Tyler-McGraw. "Jefferson County to Liberia: Emigrants, Emancipators, and Facilitators." Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society Vol. 77 (Dec 2011): 43-76.
Jane Ailes. "John Redman." African American National Biography. Henry L. Gates, Jr. and Evelyn B. Higginbotham, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Vol. 6, Pages 545-546.
Jane E. Ailes. "Company K As It Left Romney, 1861." Northern Virginia Genealogy Vol. 9 (2004): 1344-1347.
Jane E. Ailes. "Chancery Court Litigation on the South Branch: New information gleaned from court records pertaining to the descendants of John Blue (d. 1771) [1.1.1], Hampshire Co., VA (now WV)." The Chalice , Blue Family Association quarterly journal Vol. 23, No. 2 (Spring 2005): 6-15.
Jane E. Ailes. Seven, 1-2 page chapters, and four box topics on various historical topics and persons, also compiled three indexes. Hampshire County West Virginia 1754-2004. R. R. Munske and W. L. Kerns, eds. Romney, WV: The Hampshire County 250th Anniversary Committee, 2004, Pages 9, 14, 130, 144, 145, 149, 151, 159, 161, 163, 180, and index 225-262.
Jane Ailes Small and Gregg J. Small. "Cetacean Observations from the Somali Democratic Republic, September 1985 through May 1987.” Cetaceans And Cetacean Research In The Indian Ocean Sanctuary. G. P. Donovan and S. Leatherwood, eds. International Whaling Commission Marine Mammal Technical Report No. 3, 1991, Pages 179-210.