finescale history and design
There’s a reason our featured image is of a dirt road running
through a cemetery. Come on in, take a look around,
and discover the adventure that awaits you.
your past …
realized, and utilized
Want to take control of your past? For individuals and families, we offer a comprehensive, fully-integrated approach to genealogy, uncovering your family history, and preserving it for generations to come.
For both individuals and institutions, we provide specialized historical services — research, finding lost heirs and relatives, DNA analysis, photographical restoration, and much more.
Our specialty is the design and creation of personalized, historically-accurate architectural models for use in model train layouts, doll houses, diorama construction, and exhibit curation.
Be sure to check out The Story of Us, a chronicle of the Hile family tree in all of its many branches. These dynamic, ever-changing pages highlight the work we do and demonstrate the kinds of stories and data you might see in your family or institutional history.
what we can do for you …
building family trees and legacies
Whether you are looking to build a family tree or an institution seeking to preserve a legacy, we start from scratch, if necessary, build on whatever you already have, and break through “brick walls” to discover missing links.
We verify the data utilizing a wide variety of sources, including DNA wherever relevant and possible.
Moving beyond bare names and dates, we look at family, architectural, social history and the like, to provide you with a much fuller expression of what your family’s or institution’s actual story encompassed.
Organization and presentation
Once the research is done it is time to present your story, be it in a website, a book, video, or other methods of presentation of your choosing. We are also available for public speaking to your organization, workplace gatherings, family reunions, or other favorite groups.
Whatever it is that is done for you, the final product envisions a thorough, written report that outlines exactly what was done, the sources used, and the results.
Restoration of vintage photography is one of our specialties and we will provide you with the photographs and other documentation we obtain (subject to applicable copyright and other laws, of course!).
We offer a wide variety of genealogical and history-based services, including but not limited to ancestor or location research, finding lost heirs and relatives, DNA analysis, photographical restoration, model-building, diorama construction, exhibit curation, and much more.
We also understand that some people want to “do it themselves” (after all, we love doing it ourselves) but need a little help getting started or to save costs. We offer a mentorship program tailored to your specific needs to assist you in getting started and keeping you going.
frequently asked questions
because it wouldn’t be an adventure if there were no questions
ready to get started?
“Why waste your money looking up your family
tree?,” Mark Twain, who figures prominently
in our family tree, once asked. “Just go
into politics and your opponents will do it for you.”
Most people don’t go into politics.
That’s where we come in. So if you’re ready …