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About Raleigh Research
We are a company specializing in family history research in North Carolina. Our name, Raleigh Research, draws inspiration from the legendary Sir Walter Raleigh and from the"Triangle" area of Raleigh, North Carolina where our research services are based.

imageSir Walter Raleigh was instrumental in the settling of the Carolinas as it was his 16th century colony at Roanoke Island which inaugurated the colonial period in the region. This early settlement was the cradle of some of America's earliest history, a history which has now become such a legend and a legacy. Raleigh was a rare and visionary man who would have undoubtably appreciated the manifold ways in which his vision has evolved over the past 400 years.

Raleigh's vision continues today through the development of the "Research Triangle". The "Triangle", as it is affectionately known includes three of North Carolina's most highly acclaimed cities: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. This is an exciting region in what has come to be called "the New South", a place where the Triangle has rapidly emerged as an important leader in international business, culture, technology, and education.

 This is an exciting time in North Carolina's continuing history, and in it is the genesis of a new paradigm, a time whennew stories are being created to tell to future generations of North Carolina descendants. Raleigh Research is on the cutting edge of this dynamic history as we explore the genealogical and cultural riches that this state and region have to offer.

Many of our ancestors played a dynamic part in North Carolina's fascinating story. Wouldn't you like to know who your ancestors were and how they contrubuted to the rich tapestry of this area? We all have a history, and genealogical research can open up new and exciting vistas whch will reveal to you the secrets of that colorful and interesting past.

Step back in time as you explore and unravel the mystery of your family's
 origins with the professional help and expertise of Raleigh Research. Come
join us in unveilng the rich mosaic of your family's past and in giving future generations of your family the precious and personal gift of your family history!

Many people have questions when beginning their family history research. Please see some of our most
 frequently asked questions below which may be of some help to you. If you have any further questions
 please don't hesitate to contact us

How can I find long lost cousins, living relatives, or adopted children?

Through genealogical research there is a very good possibilty that we can locate your long lost relatives.
 A variety of records can be explored to find these individuals. Some good examples of records we might search are: census records, birth certificates, death certificates, cemetery records, telephone directories, land deeds, and motor vehicle registration records.

How far back in time can someone's family be traced?

Depending on when your family immigrated to the United States, we can often trace your ancestry
 back to what is known in genealogy as a
"gateway ancestor". A gateway ancestor is the individual
 who immigrated
to the United States from another country i.e. from countries such as England, Ireland,
 or Germany to name a few examples. After much research,
we have often traced a person's ancestry
 to a gateway ancestor who arrived
in America in the 1600's and 1700's. People are often surprised by
results that can be obtained with good genealogical research. Through analysis of wills, land deeds, census records, family bibles, and tax lists a paper trail can be established that will lead us step by step back as far as these records will allow us to go.

Once a gateway ancestor is located, will this be the end of my research, or can more be discovered about
 this individual and his or her family?

If the gateway ancestor is located, then it is sometimes possible to continue the research in his or her country
of origin. We have had
great success discovering the exact arrival date of various people's ancestors, what
city or country they arrived from (say for example
in Europe), and sometimes the name of the actual ship they journeyed to America on. If we've discovered where your gateway ancestors originated from, we may be able
 to locate family records such as
wills, baptismal records, family pedigrees, and other records in their village
 or town of origin. With these types of records it is
then possible to trace your family back possibly several
generations in their home country depending on what data are available there.

Where is most of your research conducted?

Most of our research is conducted at the North Carolina State Archives
  in Raleigh, the libraries at
Duke University, the Wilson Library and Southern Historical Collection at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel
Hill, and various county courthouses and other repositories of information
 throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

How long does a standard research project take?

Genealogical research is a very time consuming endeavor and to get good results patience is required.
We usually finish a five hour research project within two weeks after processing your order, a ten hour research project within 3 weeks, and a twenty hour research project within 4-6 weeks. Single and
 specific record requests can be performed within a week.

Can you write a family history for me?

After extensive genealogical research is conducted into your family's origins, you may want us to write
 a detailed family history
for you. We will take all of the facts related to your ancestor's life and weave
 them together into a fascinating story which will be a
pleasure for you, your family, and future
generetions to read. Local, state, and national history is embedded into your family's history

 so that a greater understanding of his or her life can be appreciated from a much richer and
 holistic perspective.

I would like to plan a family research trip to North Carolina. Can you make travel arrangements
for me, or consult me about what to do or see during my stay?

Raleigh Research provides its clients with a unique service which we call
the North Carolina Genealogy
Guide Service. Our Genealogy Guides will
take you to the actual land where your ancestors lived, the
cemteries where
they are buried, the battlefields where they fought, and other places of historical relevance
or interest to you and your family. We will also provide
you with recommendations for restaurants, shopping, nightlife, visits toscenic attractions, cultural events, and discounts on hotel accomodations and other services.

Can I hire one of your research associates to make a research trip for me to Ireland, the
United Kingdom,
or Continental Europe?

Yes, starting in 2004, our research associates will begin making a yearly research trip to Europe.
destinations will include: England, Scotland, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland, to name a
few examples. We may add other destinations  later depending on demand for this particular service.

Is your research capable of telling me anything about a family's medical history?

A family's medical records and and other information related to their health can be obtained in a
 variety of ways. Medical records departments
at hospitals can be contacted for information, family members' death certificates may be obatined, and distant cousins and other family members may be interviewed in order to construct a more complete and detailed picture of a family's health and
medical history.

Can you do something with my old family photographs?

Your old family photographs can be scanned into a computer database by our company. Scanning
old photographs is a great idea as it protects the image from loss due to fire or other unforeseen circumstances. It is also a good idea to scan old photographs as it will be
much easier for you and
others to exchange your photos in this type of format.

Can you recommend any good books on genealogy or history?

Yes, there are many good books currently available which will greatly enhance your understanding of genealogy.

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