Mountain Soul Searching is a place to come to learn about your roots and to seek assistance with customized research and simple record pulls. If you have roots in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Maryland, you've come to the right place! My goal is to help others find their way home through customized research services.
Please feel free to contact me with questions about your research needs!
Custom Research Services
Having a difficult time with a line in Virginia, West Virginia or Kentucky? Need help with research elsewhere in Maryland or Pennsylvania? Not sure what your DNA results mean? Having a hard time with an African American line? Just not sure where to look next and need help with a research plan? Let me assist! Uniquely located in the greater Washington, DC area, I have access to the National Archives and the Daughters of the American Revolution repositories. Additionally, the Library of Congress and several local libraries provide excellent special collections down to the county level. Finally, the Virginia state archives, the Maryland state archives, the Pennsylvania Archives and the Pennsylvania Historical Society are all within commuting distance by car or train. The going rate around the greater metropolitan area is $40-$70/hour. My fees are currently set at $55 per hour, plus administrative costs (copy fees, postage, and parking/commuting).
Record pulls & copy service
Looking for a Civil War pension that isn't yet digitized? Need a vital record or deed in Virginia or Pennsylvania? Just can't seem to locate that marriage bond online, but you know the date? Send me an email with your detailed request including full names, date(s) and location(s) of record(s), and known vital information of individuals for prices on these small projects. Such projects generally don't include analysis and correlation with other records. For expanded services, please contact me for custom research services.
Extended Moore Family Blog
In 2000, I began researching my paternal family line. Little did I know that I would soon come to discover the topiary nature of my family tree. Much to the chagrin of my mother, we discovered that my paternal great grandfather was also my maternal 3rd great grandfather. His first wife was my maternal 3rd great grandmother and his second wife was my paternal great grandmother. This would be the first of many twists and turns in the branches of my family tree. This extended Moore family blog will cover the ancestors and descendants of Samuel Moore (1814-1893) and his two wives: Thursa Hardin (1820-1861) and Mary Elizabeth Maynard (1837-1915). It will also identify the ancestry of his children's spouses including the surnames of Cassady, Kelly-Mullins(ens), Runyon(s), Maynard, Preece, Justice, Sartin, Underwood, Fields, and Smith lines. A minimum of three generations of descendants will also be covered, the surnames of which are too numerous to name. The blog will include genealogies, stories, newspaper clippings (public domain or with permission of the copyright owners) and photographs.