All About Past Perfect Genealogy Research

I am a qualified and passionate genealogist and family historian who wants to help you research your ancestors.

Church in Pudob, Slovenia – village of my great-grandfather, John (Bavec) Bovitz

Because of today’s technology, I can meet your genealogical needs from anywhere in the world.  I’m located on the west coast of the United States, but you don’t have to be.

Research services I can offer you:

  • a simple family tree (pedigree chart) with names, dates, locations, and significant life events
  • a complex family history with up to 16 great-great-grandparents (or even more!)
  • a narrative of your family’s history from the time of immigration to the United States
  • location of a particular ancestor or direct ancestral line (descendant charts)
  • family group sheets, each of which includes one family: parents, children, spouses, and significant dates and locations of events
  • a fresh perspective on an old, genealogical “brick wall”
  • vital record documents (birth, death, marriage)
  • newspaper articles from your ancestor’s hometown (i.e., obituaries, birth announcements)
  • probate or estate records
  • land records (Federal land states, State land states, Colonial; local land records [deeds])
  • military records
  • naturalization records
  • immigration records
  • cemetery records & headstone photographs
  • personalized, bound materials, including those precious photos you have stored in boxes
  • access to a genetic y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA testing website for genealogical purposes, or to help you get set up a unique genetic DNA web site of your own
  • advice on how to get your old, precious family photos restored to their original glory
  • incentive to tackle that old family tradition that’s been bugging you for years.  Is it really true?
  • help with your application for DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or Sons of Confederate Veterans. Or perhaps another lineage society? There are many, many lineage societies to join.
  • help with Santa Cruz County, California lookups
  • & much more!

My great-great-grandparents, William Wesley Bolding and Melvina Ann Williams, and their three children. The little girl in the back is my great-grandmother, Ibbie Melvina Bolding

I’ve been a full-time genealogist since 2004 and have worked on over 30 family trees. I am the administrator of the Bavec/Bovitz DNA website where my goal is to gather DNA samples of this surname and its variants worldwide. I am a graduate of the National Genealogical Society’s intensive American Genealogy Course.

I’m a member of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County, the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the German Genealogy Group, the National Genealogical Society, the Slovenian Genealogy Society International, and the Minnesota Historical Society.  I am also an active volunteer for Find a Grave. I recently was the vice-president, newsletter editor, program chair, and a library volunteer for our local genealogical society.

I would be happy to discuss your goals during a consultation call, free of charge, no obligation.

Published on December 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Hi!
    Sweden Calling.
    Got this link that people say are great!
    I as you understand I´m looking for some ancestors that went to The US under the great immigration 1850 to 1920.
    One of my grandmothers aunts went over aprox 1885-1890. The trouble is I cant see if they wher married or had their birthnames Andersdotter. One married a jeweker in Chicaco. One enden up in Tacoma, Washington state.
    My grandma did write to her cousins in the late sixties. And one of her cousins came over. Sadly every letter exet one was kept. And no adress.
    Well, I’m gonna try to get some more info from churchbooks to see if I can see exactly when they went and what the lastnames where.
    Ing.-Marie Andersson

  2. Welcome, Inger-Marie! Great to hear from you 🙂

    Are there two aunts who emigrated from Sweden with the surname Andersdotter? The one who ended up in Chicago, Illinois, and the other aunt who migrated to Washington?

    You have very good clues already, like the one aunt who married a jeweler. City directories can give lots of helpful data, especially when one knows professions.

    I would be happy to help you. More data would be helpful, but, maybe we can narrow it down from what you have.

    Please, email me your email address. If you click on the wedding photo located in the right, that will send a private email directly to me.

    I will do a quick search of immigration records for you. It’s a start! It may help you uncover more information.

    Then, I’d be happy to talk to you about taking on your project. Sounds like a challenge!

    I love challenges!

    Very nice to “meet” you. I sincerely hope I can connect you with your cousins.


  3. i saw that you had information on the spitzer family, and was wondering if you could give me some insight on my ancestry. I am having a hard time finding information from before they came to america due to name changes most likely. thanks!

    P.S. henry spitzer was married to jennie spitzer
    children- benny, karl, manny, katherine, rudolph etc

  4. Hello! Yes, Henry Spitzer married Jennie (Flesch) Spitzer. I’d be happy to take a look at your brick walls pre-immigration to the US.
    Please use the button on the right and email me!
    PS: And I apologize for getting back to you now. I had some family emergencies and had to put genealogy on the back burner!

  5. Found this looking up info on my great great grandmother , Ibbie Melvina Bolding. Looks like we are related! So awesome. Thanks for confirming witch one she is, in the photo.

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