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  • Review of information provided by client

  • Formulation of work plan​

  • Research and analysis​

  • Written report of findings, including negative findings​

  • Recommendations for future research​

  • Document evaluation​

I am currently accepting a limited number of clients.

For more about the research process and fees, Contact Gail.

Foxwell family and friends in 1907 Cornw


I will examine each photograph to determine the closest possible date the photograph was produced. Close attention will be paid to clothing, hairstyles and props narrow down its age. Children and adult men can be the most difficult to identify so the more details you include about your photograph, the better. In addition to style clues, the format in which your photograph was produced can be quite helpful. You will receive a one-to-two-page analysis for each photo you submit for identification. The document will include a comprehensive summary and the results of my analysis. You may submit an original photograph; however, this might be difficult, so scans are also acceptable. If you submit a scan, you should scan the original at least 200 dpi (dots per inch) in color (card stock color can yield clues). Scan the entire image front out to the edges. Scan the entire image back to the edges. Submit all information you have or have been told about your photograph. Even a detail such as, “I found this in a box with other photos that were from my grandmother’s side of the family,” can help. Any family information including birth, death, marriage dates for family members, occupations and places of residence are relevant. The fee for this service is $35 per photo, with a discount for two photos of $30 each, and three or more are $25 each.

Services: Research
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  • Gail Shaffer Blankenau is on a mission to help genealogists take their family history to the next level. Her PowerPoint presentations include a wide range of genealogical topics, from beginning to advanced.

  • The more of us we have doing quality work, the better and more accurate the results will be. 

  • Book Gail today for your meeting or conference. 

Services: Research
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