- Advancing your ancestral search
Contact Bob at:
I am currently not accepting new client work (4/6/2017).
Please see the Paid Researchers list on the Hamilton County Genealogy Website.
Typical case types:
> Single or multi-line ancestral research
> Finding living distant cousins
> Solving specific family history mysteries or questions
> Assist with heir determinations
Geographic emphasis:
> Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio
> Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell
Ethnic emphasis:
> German-American ancestry
However - Am not limited to the above.
> Research (links go to samples): Search and acquisition of all standard record types such as Birth/baptism, death, church burial, marriage, naturalization, cemetery interment, city directory, U.S. Census, passenger list, and news articles and many others from a wide range of sources such as the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC), Cincinnati Historical Society Library (CHSL), Hamilton County Probate Court, Recorder's Office, plus other local and national sources, including and
> Documentation: Document copies with source citations and reports provided in digital form via Genealogiewerks FTP website. Document copies are provided primarily in Acrobat PDF format, while research reports are provided in detailed email format. If desired by client can also provide in print form. Can establish a Family Tree Maker database for you and produce genealogy reports and wall charts. Able to obtain translations of German to English.
> Facilitation: Can provide training and tips, including use of software, to empower your own continuing ancestral research and documentation. Can assist in defining job or project goals and expectations into manageable steps. This also permits work and billing in increments.
> "Bob, thanks very much for your expert work. As a scientist, I'm always looking for collaborators who see the big picture but also pay attention to details. In every way, you've met my high standards, and I look forward to continuing to work with you." — James Wuest, Quebec
> "How did you find this? Now indeed comes light into my family. Wonderfull! Thanks again for your help." — Dr. Dietrich Feldmann, Germany
> "I was impressed with your work which has proven to be very useful. Your work helped fill some important gaps.... Your information presented is incredible. I really appreciate your professionalism." — Steve Roth, Kentucky
> "Thanks for your efforts in tracing John Frederick. They are very much appreciated. Thanks, Bob. Amazing what you could do." — William Roth, Kentucky
> "I've got to tell you - I'm so impressed by the research that you are capable of! " — Joanie Hammond, North Carolina
> "Bob the Myth Buster!" — Lisanne B. Thompson, Ohio
> "Thanks again Bob for the update. You do such a thorough and wonderful job." — Mary Beth Nelson, Michigan
> "Over about a year I accumulated a great deal of information but lacked the necessary skill to go any further. Bob directed me to a source in Germany who expanded my family history from the the 1850's to Germany in the 1500's. He found a source here who verified the information and finally he organized all the material into an educational and entertaining format. Each of my grand children now has a personal binder they can update over the years." — Don Schott, Ohio
> "This is great! I really appreciate you taking care of this so quickly for us." — Joseph Shumway, Utah
> "I very much appreciate the work - it adds a new dimension to the family history I am writing." — Dr. David Riley, New Jersey
> "Bob, That is just great work." — Thomas Heffernan, New York
> "You have provided my mother some answers that she has always wanted to know and I sincerely thank you for that." — David Gallagher, Massachusetts
> "As a professional genealogist, I appreciated your professionalism and the quality of your work. The regular communications/updates, the suggestions you offered, your obvious interest in helping me solve my own genealogical problem greatly impressed me. The charges were clearly explained beforehand, well-documented, and the total fee for helping me locate several pieces of new and valuable documentation was very reasonable." — Mari M. McLean, Ph.D., Ohio
> "Bob, thank you for hanging in there on this quest! Suggestions and direction are greatly appreciated!" — Sheila Greenleaf, Florida
> "Bob, I am so impressed with your research and reporting, which you accomplished in less than one quarter of the time it took me in 6 months. Your knowledge and experience in the field as well as your findings and feedback were worth every penny. I will use you again in the future as I begin to research my other side of the family!" — Jennifer Mullert, Ohio
> "I can't thank you enough for all the info you were able to gather for our Family Tree on my mothers behalf." — Linda Hessler, Florida
> "So I am very happy with the result of your/our research and thank you very much! It was a pleasure 'working' with you and if anyone needs help in Cincinnati I will recommend you!" — Kerstin Mauve, Germany
> Although discontinued the Expert Connect program you can view my Ratings & Testimonials from's Expert Connect service.
Confidentiality & privacy:
> Personal information of clients and personal information of living persons found in client research will not be provided to third parties of any kind nor posted on any Internat website, blog, bulletin board, or other publicly accessable Internet facility without the express permission of the client.
Memberships & online subscriptions:
> Association of Professional Genealogists
> Ohio Genealogical Society
> Hamilton County Genealogical Society
> Green Township Historical Association (Hamilton County, Ohio)
Member of:
The Hamilton County Genealogical Society, a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Free aids:
  > Check out the new Hamilton County Genealogical Society website with loads of free data and links.
  > German Special Characters: Typing umlaut and ess-szet characters on a PC.
  > The Cousin Ladder: How to calculate your cousin level.

  Of special interest:
  > Links to Online Resources for the 1848 Cincinnati Panorama – After a half-century in storage our "national treasure" is now on public display again. Check it out!

  > Rediscovering Our Schierberg Ancestors – An historical and genealogical investigation of the Schierberg family who emigrated from Neuenkirchen in the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg to the United States and Cincinnati in 1835.

  My experience & skills:
  > Genealogy: Grew up in a family in which history and genealogy were valued. Have performed personal research during last twenty years. Webmaster for HCGS.
  > Computer: Family Tree Maker,, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Website and CD creation.
  > Communication: Experienced at written, spoken, and digital communication forms, including public speaking. Articulate, accurate, and clear-cut.
  > Employment: Worked in sales, project planning and tracking, business systems and software development, management, and communications for 20 years (Jergens Co., General Electric, Taxi 2000) and as a self-employed contractor ( for 12 years.
  My education:
  > Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 1973.
  > Masters of Business Administration (MBA), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1978.
  > Hours & Incidentals: Costs are estimated and billed on the basis of the number of hours needed to perform your job and any required incidental costs. Incidentals, for example, may include research and documentation fees charged by archives, photocopy and print costs, and materials such as binders and sheet protectors.
  > Estimates & Billing: My best estimate for the work will be given. Should it appear during the course of the job that more time or cost may be incurred, you will notified at the earliest opportunity so that the remaining scope can be adjusted if neccessary to fit your budget for the work.
  > Hourly Rate: My hourly rate is comparatively reasonable. Feel free to inquire!
  Online payment:
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