Conveniently located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, I am an hour or so drive away from eight Northeast Ohio counties, including: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit Counties.I have access to the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cuyahoga County Archives, Cleveland Public Library, Akron-Summit County Library, and many other local societies, libraries, and archives.

In addition the the above areas and  resources, I can research across Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Extended areas of research include the Ohio Historical Society and Carnegie Library.  I can perform basic research in other areas as determined by what I can effectively access remotely. I’ll follow where the trail leads, but in the event I can no longer work efficiently in a given location, I will refer you to a quality researcher who can.

Each project is unique, so please contact me with your research problem, and I will be glad to consult with you free of charge. Should you decide to enlist my services, my fees are straightforward. I charge:

$50/hour:
Billable time includes developing the research plan, conducting the research, analysis of findings, and reporting time. Additional charges may include actual copy costs and other expenses. Travel charges may be required outside of the eight-county area listed above and will be clearly stated before any work commences. I prefer the surprises to be in your research report, not your bill. There is no minimum amount of time, however, 10 hours is my suggested starting point.

$25/hour:
Document retrieval (requires exact volume/page references – no analysis or additional research). Minimum 1 hour.

All writing and other custom projects will be quoted on an individual basis.

Upon acceptance of a research proposal, and in order to inform and protect both parties, an agreement will be sent to you for examination and approval. The signed agreement and a 2-hour deposit are required prior to beginning a project. Document retrieval does not require an agreement, but will require payment in full before documents will be transferred.

*Please note: While results cannot be guaranteed in genealogy, quality research and reporting can, and that is my pledge to you. 

Please contact me at chris@staatsofohio.com with your research questions or for more information. Thanks!