Welcome to Heritage Detectives! Your place for research in Midwestern United States!
Heritage Detectives has over a decade of research experience; and is here to help you with all of your research needs.
Services provided by Heritage Detectives
Heritage Detectives specializes in United States research with a strong emphasis in Illinois and surrounding states. Most of the research is done via the computer then followed with field trips to nearby libraries, archives, courthouses, and cemeteries.
Areas of research include marriage and death records, cemetery inscriptions, census records 1790-1930, local history, land records, newspapers, obituaries, pension applications, probate records, and tombstone photography.
Library Research Services:
Newspaper Research: obits / funeral notices, marriages, news events, court announcements, etc.
City Directories, Phone Directories.
Illinois Regional Archives Depositary (IRAD) - Federal records: censuses, naturalizations, military records, ship passenger lists, etc.
County Courthouses and Clerks and Town Clerks - Probate files, naturalizations, court records, marriage records, state censuses, business records, property records, etc.
Internet searches and postings
Subscription database searches
IGI and Ancestral File searches (LDS)
Social Security Death Index searches
PERSI and manuscript searches
Cemetery searches & photography (digital), office inquiries, interment lists, etc. (Spring and Fall only)
Neighborhood surveys & photography of residences. (Spring and Fall only)
Local Historical Societies and Libraries in IL, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, Livingston, Woodford, Logan and Ford Cos.
Hourly rates are charged according to project assignment.
Total fees consist of hourly rate plus expenses (copies, parking, etc.) And for trips outside of McLean County,Illinois meals, accommodations and mileage at $0.60 per mile.
If overnight travel is necessary, charges will include the mileage, actual cost of room, plus other charges for travel, research and expenses.
Hourly fee includes organization of a professionally prepared client report. This report will contain a list of repositories searched, results obtained, copies of documents and suggestions for future research strategies with estimated costs for such research.
Large projects welcomed
Smaller requests performed quickly and efficiently