ABOUT THE SERVICE
What is a Building of Family Tree?
Building of a Family Tree or Genealogical Research means collection, classification and analysis of information about the origin of one’s ancestors and relationships between them collected from archival records and published sources.
What is a Family (Genealogical) Tree ?
Family (Genealogical) Tree is a schematic representation of kinships between one’s ancestors / descendants.
What does Genealogical Line mean?
Genealogical Line means one branch of nominal Family (Genealogical) Tree. For instance, it may be paternal line or maternal line.
What is required to order a building your Family Tree?
1. Define which genealogical line you would like to research.
2. Define which kind of information about the latest known ancestor of this line you possess.
3. Fill in the Application Form at our web-site. It’s absolutely FREE!
1. Specialists of Historical Bureau will process your application within three working days.
2. In the response letter you will receive information about the possibility of building your Family Tree for this line, stages of the genealogical research, terms and cost of each stage.
3. Upon the receipt of your consent, we will send you the Contract and the bill.
How long does it take to build the One-Line Family Tree?
Average duration of the One-Line Family Tree building varies from 3 to 18 months.
Which century can be the Family Tree followed to?
Usually, the Family Tree may be followed up to the XVII and XVIII centuries (1680th – 1720th).
What does success and terms of Genealogical Research depend on?
Success and terms of Genealogical Research depend on the following factors:
— completeness of the initial data. In order to define this criterion we can apply the following formula: Name + Date + Place or Who? Where? When? Ancestor’s full name accurately determines the person we need to search; it excludes all possible assumptions and mistakes. Date (even if approximate) of some event related to the ancestor (i.e. date of birth, marriage or death) determines what kinds of historical sources shall be used for the study. Information about the place of the event can provide insight into the location of these sources.
— reliability of the initial data. This criterion influences the speed of search in many ways. Errors and inaccuracies in initial data may significantly extend the term of research. However, availability of some documents relating to the latest known ancestor may not only speed up the process, but also increase the completeness of the initial data.
— place of birth (residence) of the latest known ancestor. One of the main principles of classification of archival documents is territorial. Documents are preserved in different ways depending on the location. Many documents were lost during the World War II. In this regard, for instance, Poltava region suffered the most and a tremendous collection of documents was lost due to military operations.
— ancestor’s social status. The Russian Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire were class states which defined the lifestyle of each person. Documents of different classes were collected in different archive repositories, thus, their availability and preservation may vary.
— ancestor’s confession. All births, marriages and deaths were registered by religious authorities up to 1919, such as churches, prayer houses, synagogues and mosques. Confession was regulated by the law. Information about the ancestor’s confession allows accurately define the condition and availability of the documents, possible depth of search and amount of the received information.
What will I get as a result?
All information obtained during the research will be composed in a single report accompanied by copies of the archival documents and materials. Information about your ancestors will be composed in a form of Genealogical Tree. All the information, usually, is provided in digital (electronically) form.
What is the cost of work and what does it depend on?
Genealogical Research (Building of Family Tree) is divided into several stages. The cost of each stage depends on the quantity of archive records (documents) which shall be researched in order to find the information about your ancestors. The cost of study of one archive record is from 20 USD. Please note that the cost may vary in each separate case. The cost includes all the expenditures associated with research and obtaining of information (document copying, travel costs and other expenditures).
What is the payment scheme?
Payment is executed for each separate stage of the research. Each stage implies research of a definite quantity of archive records (documents) for certain period. Size of the stage may differ in each separate case. All the stages of the research will be agreed with you before their execution.