Endorsements

Cathy did a fantastic job discovering my family history. I gave them only a few details – the names of my parents and grandparents, along with the fact that my father was born in a small town in Lancashire, England in 1900. From there, I was amazed by what they found for me. I now know of the long history of coal miners in my family, the fact that I have 10 men named James in my family, and that my 5th great-grandfather was born in 1762! Great job, History Author team! You helped me learn about my history.

– Lynn M., Canada

A couple of years ago my coworker’s wife gave me one of the best birthday presents: My family history. Like a set of Russian dolls, I kept unwrapping the information to discover new and fascinating things about my roots. And, just when I thought I knew everything, there was more!  I would highly recommend these services if you’re curious about your family history, or even if you just want to surprise someone with a truly unique and sentimental gift.  

 – Alice M., New York, New York

I knew that I was of Irish descent, but I didn’t realize that when they finished my research, my tree would be filled with over 600 family members and that almost all of them were Irish! I now can show this tree to my grandchildren and they can be proud of their heritage. Cathy did a great job communicating throughout the research, letting me know how things were going, and pointing out some of my black sheep ancestors. It seems the boys in my family were very fond of Reform School! I love the book format. Excellent keepsake!

E. Francis C., Canada

Cathy did an amazing job researching our convoluted family history.  Spanning many generations and continents, she was able to prepare a fascinating and nuanced history of our well-traveled family going back hundreds of years.  Accounts of our ancestors we had no idea of were brought to light and presented in a way that brought their stories to life.  Cathy’s approach is friendly and very professional.  Using the modest amount of family information I could provide, she quickly utilized a wide range of archival sources to prepare a very detailed history.  I can’t thank Cathy enough; the work she did in uncovering our family history and the documentation she prepared for me will be passed on to my children, thus becoming a family heirloom in its own right.  I highly recommend and endorse her work.

Letham B., Chicago, Illinois

 Catherine Karayanis is amazing. When I got stalled a few generations back, she opened the door not only to my roots here in America, but to foreign countries as well. Her research didn’t just uncover the basic facts: births, marriages, deaths, but also snippets of personal information that allowed me to “know” my ancestors. What a treasure! I wouldn’t have thought it possible. It has been so exciting to get a glimpse into the lives of those who have gone before me. My deepest thanks to you, Cathy!

 – Cindy S., Canton, Ohio

As a gift for my children—and someday their children—I asked Cathy to look into the ancestry of my wife and I to identify the individuals in our family tree who left their homelands, traveled to the New World and set in motion the relationships that made my children possible. She did that and more. Cathy took my research and more than doubled the number of individuals in our family tree. While some lines have proved difficult, she plumbed others back centuries. Like a detective, Cathy provided the evidence that documents our family’s genealogical trail. I presented a copy of a simple declaration document from the 1930s that Cathy found to my mother-in-law for her birthday. It identified her parents and older siblings, their address at the time and the name of the ship which brought her father to the United States. Seeing the names of her family moved her to tears, as did her father’s signature on the bottom of the form—he died just a few years later. Everyone loves a good story and Cathy will deliver the story that led to you. I wholeheartedly recommend Cathy Karayanis and will employ her again to tackle my more elusive ancestors. 

 – Tom G., Dexter, Michigan

Learning about our family history was truly a gift for my entire family.  Cathy captured the essence of that desire in the carefully designed book she researched and created.  The excitement of exploring our ancestry has continued to spark discussion and interest.

– James W., Cary, North Carolina