Welcome

…  to Ancestry Puzzles. I am Terry Vaughn Skaug, a genealogist with over 40 years of experience. Puzzles are my passion. Whether I am filling the words in a crossword, the number squares of a Sudoku, or assembling the pieces of a jigsaw image, I delight in the challenge. Following the clues found in various sources to fill the branches of a family tree is my favorite puzzle. 

Why pay for research?

As interest in genealogy grows, so does the number of ancestry websites. They are a quick way to start researching family history yet provide limited information. Most vital records, birth, marriage, divorce, death records, wills, and land deeds, are not available online. 

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are more than 2 million people named Smith in America. The last names Brown, Davis, Garcia, Hernandez, Johnson, Jones, Martinez, Miller, and Williams each count more than 1 million people. Discovering the correct person for a family requires multiple sources of confirmation to be accurate.

I travel to explore files at government agencies, libraries, churches, newspaper archives, archives, and more to locate documents validating information. To fulfill photographic requests, I hike cemeteries hunting headstones, markers, and memorials. In person, or via Skype, I interview people to record their personal stories.  

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, I abide by APG’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and the APG Mailing List Code of Conduct. 

Contact me to solve your Ancestry Puzzles and discover who lived your family history.  I can do the research to prepare an application to join a lineage society, create a family album of information including trees and copies of the sources discovered.  I will happily help you start your own project, or research a specific issue. Consultations are free.