Did your ancestors live in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois or Wisconsin? This particular area, home to many lead miners, was also an attraction for the farm families who arrived not only in New York but also those setting foot on American soil at New Orleans. From there many traveled to St. Louis, particularly in the fall so that they might winter there before boarding the boat to travel up the Mississippi River and found this area, especially the port of Dubuque, Iowa, a very popular destination.
Research conducted in the following states and counties:
Iowa: Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones.
Illinois: Carroll, JoDaviess
Wisconsin: Iowa, Grant, Lafayette
Research Rates: $20.00 per hour:
IF I DO NOT FIND ANYTHING, THERE IS NO CHARGE
Records from Court House: $2.00 per page (non-certified)
Obituaries or Other News Items: $1.00 per 8½ x 11 page
Shipping Materials and Postage Rates: Variable with an average of $1.00.
Extensive research will however create more documents and additional postage.
Once I have the primary information you supply me with, I will then search the appropriate sites: The DC-KCGS/Family History Center Library, Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Center for Dubuque History for obituaries. Also, I can search City Directories so as to establish the subject's residence, if he/she lived here.
Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Probate Records and Land Records would be researched at the County Court House. Not all death records are located here and if not I will provide you an address where you can locate them at the Iowa State Capitol. Most death and marriage records run across two pages therefore requiring two pages to get the complete entry. Iowa did not begin recording vital statistics until the year 1880, so there are no official records before that. There are some marriage records that Dubuque County, Iowa did record back to 1836 which are on file here, and I have been successful on occasions with those records.
I can research Declarations of Intent at the Dubuque County Historical Society Archives and the Family History Center.
As for the charge for time, you may request as little or as much time as you wish for me to spend doing the research.
Thank you for your request.
2515 Windsor Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001-0631