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Introduction             

PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS seek to determine the facts as close to the truth as sources will allow. We can take disorganized research and plan a strategy for the beginner, or introduce the intermediate genealogist to new record types or methodology. If you have specific questions or an entire lineage to be traced, then a professional can produce reports and genealogies containing the sourced research and documentation that you need.

ANCESTRAL ANALYSIS is owned by Rondina P. Muncy.specialize in problem-solving difficult cases, tracing ancestral lines, and using land records from multiple sources to create plats that demonstrate familial relationships. Most cases take lines back to their East Coast origins. All research involves understanding federal and state records, and the use of what originally was called 'cluster genealogy'. This involves discovery of related and associated families that help trace ancestors to their previous location. My basic philosophy when approaching research is that 'there are no brick-walls in genealogy, only undiscovered sources and misunderstood information.'  Many problems can be solved by:            

  • observing how the sources were evaluated in the past
  • opening up new avenues of research if the focus has been too narrow
  • reexamining the chronology of events to make sure it is reasonable
  • understanding the cultural and historical context of events
  • studying kinship groups and collateral lines
  • understanding migratory patterns   

By using these tools to understand the relationships between a family being researched and their neighbors and associates, in most cases, conclusions can be reached. 
 

Survey Platting on Topographic Maps
                                            
A UNIQUE SERVICE of Ancestral Analysis is the ability to take your deeds and plat them on modern topographical or aerial maps. A plat is a drawing of a land survey. It can be placed on a topographical map, an aerial photo, or on a white or colored background. Most genealogical research involves the collection of deeds and other documents that contain information about land that your ancestors acquired. Land records are a primary tool when researching our lines prior to the industrial age. Deeds, state and federal land records, tax digests, and court records can give you the location of a homestead. Land records may include parcel descriptions in indiscriminate bounds (metes and bounds) in early land records where the colonies and states, rather than the federal government, owned the land that was surveyed) or section, township and range in the federal-land system.

Above  is a sample of three plats on the Miami River in Ohio. Ohio is of one the most challenging states to plat because of the many ways the land was surveyed. For simplicity, the direction and distance of the survey lines have been left off of this edition. A completed Ohio plat with the 'calls' (boundary directions, distances, and corners) can be viewed. Although the land was a fractional section of a federal township, it was platted with using metes and bounds. For more about this service, please go to Platting Services.