Carolyn Brady
Historical Research in SE Wisconsin
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Please note that due to my current work, I am unable to take on any new long-term projects. I can refer you to another researcher in the Milwaukee area, if needed. At this time, depending on my schedule, I can do some short-term research (look-ups, etc) in Waukesha and western Racine counties, including Waterford, Burlington and vicinity. I do charge for my mileage to travel to research in Milwaukee and other SE Wisconsin locales outside those areas.

What do I do?
I do local historical research, including family, house and neighborhood history. Although many historical and genealogical resources are now available through the internet, the majority of records still sit in local archives, libraries, court houses, and other repositories. If you can't visit southeastern Wisconsin in person, I can do the research for you. If you live in this area and own an old house or building, I can help you find out more about its history. See some sample projects here. (This page is full of graphics. If you have a slow connection, you can use the site map to navigate.)

How much do I charge?
In most cases, I charge $25/hour for research, analysis and report writing, plus expenses (parking, photocopying, mileage, etc.). We can discuss your specific research goals, and I do ask that you give me some idea of your budget, so that I can notify you if I think the work may take more time than expected. I can also e-mail weekly summaries to let you know what I have accomplished so far. I will normally ask for a retainer of $50 to $100, depending on the complexity of the project. This will count towards my fee, and should the fee come out less than the retainer the difference will be returned to you. I will do my best to make sure you get the most for your money. You can pay me by check, money order or Pay Pal.

What are my qualifications?
I have a Master's Degree in Public History, and I have worked for a variety of historical agencies, large and small. Before becoming a freelance researcher, I was the curator of Chinqua-Penn Plantation, a house and garden museum in Reidsville, North Carolina.


Sample Projects:
Milwaukee Police 3rd District | 1920s Tavern in Cudahy
Takagi & Yamasaki Family History |Popple and Peterman Genealogy
Robert Wagner & the Milwaukee Furniture Co.

Also at this site
SE Wisconsin Historical Resources | Vintage Photos
Japanese-American Genealogy Resources

Text-only site map

This page updated 6 October 2013

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