This biography of esteemed United States Attorney General and United States Supreme Court Justice James Clark McReynolds is now available in both print and e-book format on Amazon.

Author: Ann McReynolds Bush

Editor and Publisher: Cornelia Wendell Bush


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Cornelia graduated from the prestigious Book Publishing Institute of New York University, learned desktop publishing while the Editor-In-Chief of the campus newspaper at her graduate business school, and combines her knowledge of history, genealogy and publishing to produce books in both print format and e-book format. 

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Genealogists are generally not required by law to be licensed or certified. However, they can receive credentials from several organizations. Each organization sets its own criteria for granting credentials. The reference section at the end of this guide includes two major organizations that grant credentials and offer arbitration if problems arise. 


You should also consider other criteria as you make your hiring decision. Most genealogists are self-taught, and many competent genealogists do not seek credentials. Years of education, research experience, and satisfactory service to clients may be just as important as credentials.

Forensic Genealogy is the term used for the process of identifying Distributees and providing the documentation to the person settling the estate on behalf of the Decedent, who must file this information with the Court.

When a person dies with a Last Will and Testament, he or she is a Testator. 

The person charged with settling the estate is called the Executor if he is male, or the Executrixif she is female.

When  person dies without a Last Will and Testament, he or she is considered to have died Intestate.

The person charged with settling the estate is called the Administrator if he is male, or theAdministratrix if she is female.

In both cases, with or without a Will, we refer to the deceased person as the Decedent.

Using a New York State example, in order to settle the Decedent's estate, there is a process at the County Surrogate's Court, where the person settling the estate provides detailed information about the Decedent's closest relatives and whether or not they are living.

These living relatives are called Distributees.

When the list of Distributees has been compiled, together with documents proving relationships, aFamily Tree is then created which is a visual depiction of the relationships between the Decedent and the Distributees.

This family tree is attached to an Affidavit of Due Diligence or Affidavit of Heirship, which is the statement of facts based on the research conducted to identify these relatives. 

Documents which prove relationships may be vital records, which are the records of life events, such as birth, marriage, death, and the like.

Other documents may be used as well, especially if persons identified in the research have similar names to other persons.

The final report is then submitted to the County Surrogate's Court, and the estate process can then be completed.

Settling an estate for your family or Client? We look forward to hearing from you.

Do you need help?

Genealogy research is the study of your family history. It is a personal record of your family member history containing information such as:

  • Where they were born
  • Where they lived
  • Who their children were (who they married)
  • Where you belong in your family tree.

Learning about your family history usually starts at home by talking with relatives and recording information about your ancestors.  You would use resources such as birth certificates, obituaries, wedding announcements, a family Bible, etc.

Maybe someone in your family is already doing genealogy research work and you can assist them.

There comes a point in time where you may need the help of a professional genealogist.  These professionals understand how and where to gather information that you may not otherwise discover. A genealogy professional has resources that come from professional associations such as genealogy associations and worldwide archives.

To learn more about genealogy research, contact us, we would be happy to assist you in deciding if you need our professional genealogy research services.