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Q: Need Genealogy Researcher - Italy/Switzerland ~1860's-1880's ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Need Genealogy Researcher - Italy/Switzerland ~1860's-1880's
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: rialp-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 08 Oct 2005 14:58 PDT
Expires: 07 Nov 2005 13:58 PST
Question ID: 577988
How do I find a reliable  but reasonably priced genealogist to get
information on some of my recent ancestors?  I don't need a highly
certified professional -- just someone who can produce documentation
of the following:

Names of towns in Italy and Switzerland my grandparents were born in
(c. 1860-1880).

I have some basic information on my parents and on my grandparents
after they came to the U.S.  I have tried an online ancestry service,
but it was not helpful, and I don't have time to research this myself.

What should I expect to pay, and how long would this research likely
take?  Or is genealogy research prohibitively expensive, and I should
plan to do this myself?

Thank you.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 08 Oct 2005 15:17 PDT
Dear rialp,

As a first step, I could try to do research. I'm European-based and I
have already answered quite a few genealogy questions, so it might be
worth trying in this case, too.

You can post what you know about your grandparents and their origins,
and I will see what I can do with it. For reasons of privacy, please
don't inlcude any information that refers yourself and other living

Should my attempts fail, I will let you know. Even then, it will still
be possible that the question is answered by one of my colleagues.

Please let me know what you thing about my suggestion.

Clarification of Question by rialp-ga on 09 Oct 2005 20:08 PDT
Hello, Scriptor -- thank you for your prompt response.  I'm hesitant
to respond one way or another at this point because it sounds as
though you would need me to post online on Google Answers the specific
information (names, dates, locations, social security index
information, approximate dates of birth and death) that I have
obtained so far.  I realize that this information is publicly
available (that's how I was able to obtain it in the first place), but
I'm really not keen on publishing my family information online (and in
fact declined to do so on one of the online genealogy sites).

If I correctly understand what you are proposing, it would involve
making the data from both you and me publicly available in the Google
Answers forum -- is that correct?  One thing that would help me would
be to see other genealogy answers you have provided -- I will see if I
can pull these up and review them.

Thank you -- Rialp

Clarification of Question by rialp-ga on 09 Oct 2005 20:25 PDT
Hello, Scriptor -- I wanted to add two general pieces of information
that might help you determine whether you might be able to answer my

One is that is that my ancestors are not famous or well known, and I'm
going to guess that very little, if any, prior research has been done
on them.  They were simple farming people, probably coming, for
example, in one instance, from one of the small villages or towns in
Val Verzasca in the Italian Canton in Switzerland (Ticino).  There may
not be a lot by way of public records on them.

Also, I think to simplify my question, I will probably start with just
one line of my family (e.g., my maternal grandmother's line).

Thank you --


Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 10 Oct 2005 09:36 PDT
Dear rialp,

It is true, it would unfortunately be necessary to make the data
available here. And I completely understand your concerns.

As for questions on genealogy and related fields I have answered so
far, here are some examples:


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 10 Oct 2005 10:01 PDT

I've done a fair amount of genealogy work myself, and I just wanted to
offer an opinon:  My colleague, scriptor-ga, has done some amazing,
in-depth research on family histories.  I doubt you could be in better

Good luck,

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Need Genealogy Researcher - Italy/Switzerland ~1860's-1880's
From: myoarin-ga on 10 Oct 2005 17:08 PDT
I agree strongly with Pafalafa.  Let Scriptor research your maternal
side (no link to your family name).  With name and birthdate (where)
and maybe date of arrival in the States (where), also date of marriage
and place in Europe if you know, or birthdates of children prior to
emigration, Scriptor might be able to find what you want.  I don't
know how he does it, but if he thinks he can, you will either have the
information, or probably it is not available on the web and further
research will require expensive onsight search for and examination of
church documents.

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