Research Fees and Information

MINIMUM FEE: $15/hr. using online subscription and other sources, as well as my extensive personal library and data collection, plus copy and postage expenses; $16/hr. for library and courthouse research, plus expenses. FREE initial e-mail consultation(s):  I provide a free initial consultation through which we together can plan an approach for solving your specific research problem. (Upon receipt of a small deposit, I will begin research.  You will be apprised of progress and  hours expended throughout the research process.)

Contact me using the contact tab found on the home page of this website.  Please provide your e-mail address as well as a description of your research needs. Include vital details you have on the person or persons whom you would like researched.  No project is too big or too small.

Ellis County, Texas, 1860 Census

I have published a transcription of the 1860 Ellis County, Texas, United States census (Schedule 1---free inhabitants). This book is indexed by surname, 8-1/2" x 11", staple-bound, and has 104 pages and light blue, card covers. Copies are available for $15 each, which includes postage. (Texans please add sales tax.)

Directory of Texas Genealogical Organizations

In 1984, I compiled, edited, and published Livingston's Directory of  Texas Historical and Genealogical Organizations.  Various used book dealers online are listing used copies of this directory for exhorbitant prices.  I have a few unused copies left which I will sell for $7 each. (Texans please add sales tax.) Contact me for further details.


All areas of USA genealogical and historical research.  I do not confine my research activities to Texas subjects and sources. I research all censuses 1790 to 1930. I utilize library and archival resources for other type records. I also have a collection of tax, cemetery, marriage, and church records from Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

Texas, especially southeast TX colonial and early statehood, a specialty. Brazoria and surrounding counties: I can do courthouse (deeds, wills, etc.); cemetery; library; and  archival research on site (or, in some cases, using databases available online and elsewhere) as well as utilize my very extensive personal library (Texas historical, census, tax, land, and military records) and online subscription database sites.

Site of the George B. McKinstry cabin where Stephen F. Austin died.


When making your initial contact, please provide the following contact information: Your name, mailing address, preferred e-mail address, and a telephone number. Concerning your research needs, please provide the following:

  1. The research problem(s) you need solved
  2. Your prior research on the problem(s), and
  3. Specific details such as full names, dates, place names (city, county, state), sources (reference work, family lore, supposition).

At the time of your initial contact, you need not give a lot of detail, just the specific problem and brief background to help me understand how I can help you.

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