Mosaic Research in North Carolina
Diane  Richard
Raleigh NC
USA 27604
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Mosaic Research in North Carolina    Diane Richard

24+ years of experience doing genealogical research

With 24+ years of experience doing genealogical research, Mosaic Research Project and Management is ready to assist you with your family history inquiry or project or any other research involving historic documents.

We are a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists -- your assurance that we provide quality research services.

We have experience doing research in several areas of the world and also within the United States. We are happy to give a FREE 30 minute consultation on any project to let you know what we can do for you.

We take digital photographs of many of the documents and/or book pages (and covers) and/or other resources consulted, including visits to cemeteries! You then receive a disk (or e-mail) with these digital images that you can then print and/or view in an enlarged state for reading, transcribing, etc. Just one of the ways that we try to give you "more" value for your research dollars.

1. North Carolina

We have unique access to the records of North Carolina by living in it's capital, Raleigh! We can help you with any records available at the NC State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina. This means we can either do "specific" records research for you or you'll know that we have these resources available to us as we research your NC family.

We also have familiarity with and access to ...

Wake County records in the Olivia Raney Collection (a wonderful local history collection focusing on Wake County)

RTP-Area Repositories -- ready access to the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Duke University Libraries - Special Collections, as well as other local collections.

NC African-American Research -- there are some unique challenges to researching African-Americans whether ancestors were Free Blacks or Slaves.

2. Bridging DNA Test Results with Research
Increased use of DNA testing is adding another tool to the genealogy research arsenal. Increasingly, the research projects that we work on involve obtaining documents to support DNA test results or to bridge the gap from what's known to what the testing suggests as a common ancestor. Remember, DNA test results only have value if substantiated by thorough documentation -- they DO NOT tell you who your ancestors are!!!!
* Family Tree DNA (see banner to the left) is the company currently used by most of our clients who are participating in a DNA study project.
* Are you considering DNA testing and still have questions?
-- Wikipedia gives a nice overview
-- Feel free to ask us about the pro's and con's of DNA testing, some of the surname projects that we have worked with and and how it may or may not benefit your ancestral research.

3. Emigrant families who came to the United States between 1880 and 1920

We have personally spent over 750 hours researching individuals/families from Belarus, Finland, France, Galicia and/or Poland, and the UK. This means we have experiences with records of these countries, emigration ports and passenger records, census records, birth/marriage/death records, cemetery records, directories, citizenship (naturalization) records and more.

We have also researched earlier emigrants ... some from France in 1850 and from French Canada in the late 19th century! The period 1880-1920 encompasses the period of the highest levels of emigration to the US ... with peak from about 1907-1910.

4. United States

We have spent thousands of hours researching records across the United States with the most done in the states of NC, VA, TN, SC, GA and the other states between NC and the Mississippi River!

This means we have experience with census records and the various local records of these states. Please remember that there are "few" records kept on a national level in the US. Most records are kept on a state and/or county level and this various tremendously state-to-state and community to community! So, any project is pretty much a new adventure!

>> Published 1/1/2008 -- Are you doing genealogy and/or family history research in NC?
Would you like to use internet resources as much as possible?
If you answered yes to either question, check out this new publication.
It contains 21 pages of internet-based resources for NC ancestral research --
19 pages cover NC-focused resources and 2 pages cover some broader databases/subscription services that you definitely want to check out!
This document is hyperlinked which means that when you are connected to the internet, you can click on the links to access the referenced web pages --
it doesn't get easier than that!

>> Updated 9/18/2007 --
Our resource list "Internet Resources for Searching Anywhere USA" can be purchased and downloaded from
This contains the most updated version of what we have found to be key resources when doing genealogy and family history research on US families.