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Want to Know Your Family Tree? We Can Help

Private detectives can employ several methods to research family genealogy. Here are some common approaches they may use:

  1. Interviewing Family Members: Private detectives often start by interviewing family members, especially older relatives who may have valuable information about the family's history. They can ask questions about family members' names, birth dates, marriages, occupations, and any known family stories or anecdotes.

  2. Accessing Public Records: Private detectives have access to various public records that can be used to trace family history. They can search birth, marriage, and death records, census records, immigration records, military records, land and property records, and other public documents that provide information about individuals and their relationships.

  3. Online Research: Private detectives use online genealogy databases, genealogy websites, and other online resources to gather information. Websites like,, and are commonly used platforms that provide access to extensive collections of historical records, family trees, and other genealogical resources.

  4. DNA Testing: Private detectives may recommend DNA testing to supplement their genealogical research. DNA testing can help establish familial connections, identify distant relatives, and provide insights into geographic origins. They can work with DNA testing companies or refer clients to reputable genetic testing services.

  5. Local Historical Research: Private detectives may visit local libraries, archives, historical societies, and courthouses to access historical documents, newspapers, city directories, and other records specific to the area where the family lived. These sources can provide additional details and context to the family's history.

  6. Collaboration with Genealogical Experts: Private detectives may collaborate with professional genealogists or experts in specific fields to gain specialized knowledge or assistance. These experts can provide guidance on research strategies, deciphering complex records, or resolving genealogical mysteries.

  7. Verification and Cross-Checking: Private detectives take care to verify the information they gather through multiple sources and cross-checking. This helps ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data they uncover.

It's important to note that the specific methods used by private detectives may vary based on the available information, resources, and the scope of the investigation. The detective will tailor their approach to meet the specific needs and goals of the client.

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