Professional Genealogists Benefit From Double Census Enumerations

Professional genealogists benefit from discovering double census enumerations because it provides more incite into the family unit by way of others with whom they associated.  Double census enumerations are where a single person is found twice in a given census year.  We recently completed a genealogy research project where we found a double census enumeration and it provided us with key information about the other family members.  In our case we found a family’s daughter living with her parents but then also found her living with what turned out to be extended family members.  This opened up a new avenue that led to further genealogy discoveries!

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Genealogy Research And Genealogy Pedigree Charts Are Great Gift Ideas For The Holidays!

Genealogy research and genealogy pedigree charts are great gift ideas for the holidays!  This time of year our professional genealogists provide these types of services to many clients who hire us to provide our genealogy research services for a gift to their loved one.  We just completed research and a family tree chart for a gift where the recipient had no knowledge of his family beyond his parents.  For a modest fee we were able to discover unknown grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, immigration records, and a photo of his grandfather.  He will be very pleased and surprised!  Please see Melick Genealogists at

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Professional Genealogists Provide Genealogy Research For Ancestors And Relatives To Colorado

The professional genealogists at Melick Genealogists have provided genealogy research to many clients from all over the world seeking to know where their immigrant relatives and ancestors lived in Colorado, how they got there and when, and where they migrated once they arrived.  It was not at all uncommon for them to arrive in one area and move on to others over the years depending on the variables of work and other social and economic impacts.  In some cases they decided to leave and return to their native country.  We have seen immigrants settle in all parts of the Colorado Territory only to move on to other locations and continuing to move on a regular basis.  Thankfully, when the territory became a state it began to provide more records for genealogists to discover in future generations.  Tracking them in their ongoing migration patterns is a challenge and very informative to our clients who wish to learn more about their relatives and ancestors, and to have a better understanding of their family history.

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Professional Genealogists Working On Genealogy Pedigree Charts!

Genealogy pedigree charts are being created at Melick Genealogists as gifts for the holidays.  These heirloom quality charts feature ancestral lines, relatives, biographies of ancestors, old family photos and other features that customize each chart making them fantastic gifts that will be part of the family treasures forever.  Check out these charts at

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Professional Genealogists Create Genealogy Pedigree Charts For Famous Relatives!

Professional genealogists at Melick Genealogists are creating genealogy pedigree charts depicting the relationships between unlikely politicians, celebrities and other famous people.  These are accurate as our charts are based on reliable genealogy research sources.  Please check out our first chart in a series at!  Also check out to see how we can assist you with genealogy research and family tree charts.  Be on the lookout for our next genealogy chart showing the relationship between other unlikely famous people!

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Professional Genealogists Focus On Their Citations

Professional genealogists discover their genealogy information and record the source of this information.  We write our citations so that anyone can take that citation and trace it back to where the source information was discovered.  All genealogy information discovered should be sourced because it brings validity to the genealogy facts.  “Evidence! Citations & Analysis for the Family Historian” by Elizabeth Shown Mills describes the various types of citations depending on the type of repository.  It can be found on and this ethical approach is described on our Melick Genealogists website at

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Obituaries And Death Notices Are Huge To The Professional Genealogist If Cemetery Records Are Not Available

We just completed a genealogy research project that required going beyond the cemetery records because there was no cemetery record or head stone for the ancestor we were researching.  We did not know where she was buried and we were not finding her in cemeteries that were linked to her parents, in-laws, siblings, children, nieces and nephews.  We mapped out where they were all buried and where they resided at the time of her death.  We knew from the past census records that she tended to live in near close proximity to family members which in this case ended up being about a 100 mile radius.  We checked the obituaries in the local libraries for those communities and discovered she had died in one state, been transported to a relative’s home about 50 miles away, then picked up by a mortician from an adjacent state for a 100 mile journey to the mortuary, where there was a funeral, and finally laid to rest.  The obituary and death notice were essential in discovering this information along with the understanding of where her relatives were living and the mapping that helped us narrow the field down.  And what a story we were able to uncover for a client who had hit a brick wall!

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Genealogy Research Requires Maps, Geography And Historical Context

Family research requires using maps, an understanding of where your ancestors and descendants lived, and their historical context. Our genealogy reports include these components and as we write the report during our genealogy research we include maps to graphically provide us with a better understanding of the family history and where missing ancestors and descendants could be located.

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Professional Genealogists Do Their Homework Before Visiting Large Cemeteries!

Time spent searching cemeteries for burials, as part of your genealogy research, can vary depending on the size of the cemetery and the preparation you put in prior to your visit to determine the block, lot and grave number.  To be most efficient with your time determine the grave location before you go either with online indexes or the on-site cemetery office.  Check office hours before you arrive in case you are depending on them for your burial locations.  Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver is 220 acres with 14 miles of access roads and over 170,000 burials.  Their burial records are not on-line or in an available data base, yet.  Their office staff is very friendly and helpful in providing the burial locations and they also escort you to the burial locations, which is a pleasure.  A beautiful cemetery and at one time the largest west of the Mississippi, it is also an arboretum with many champion trees that is utilized for tours.  A systematic approach is best when searching for the burial. Do one lot or row at a time so that you can be sure you did not miss what you are searching for.  You can’t get burial locations at all cemeteries so a systematic approach to searching is a must.  And be sure to check the surrounding burials that may tie into your lineages and provide you with additional genealogy research information you were not expecting!

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Professional Genealogists Searching Cemeteries

One of my favorite genealogy research tasks is searching cemeteries!  Be sure to know the location(s) in the cemetery you are searching.  The cemetery I visited yesterday is 45 acres and would have taken over a day to walk if I had not known the blocks and lots I needed to search.  The cemetery I searched the day before did not mark its blocks and lots, even though I knew them, but was only a couple of acres so it was easily searched.  I found the three graves I was looking for but also paid close attention to who was around them in their lot.  In one lot I found two graves but room for four more suggesting they had plans for their four children to be buried with them.  In another lot he was buried next to another couple that turned out to be his sister and brother in law, something I had not expected.  I brought my genealogy file with me and found his sister listed.  I then searched the remainder of the block in hopes of finding some other surprises but no luck.  So take off the blinders and keep an open mind regarding who else is buried near the graves you have found!

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