Professional Genealogical Research Services by Mark A. Wentling, M.L.S.

Are you ready to discover YOUR unique story?

IMG_7849 (2)Thank you for visiting Ancestor Introductions!  My name is Mark A. Wentling and I am a seasoned professional genealogist with more than 20 years of experience.

  • Do you want to know more about where you came from?
  • Are you curious if a story about your family origins is true?
  • Would you like to know if you can join the DAR, Mayflower Society or other lineage society?
  • Trying to find a lost family member?
  • Need help knocking down a “brick wall” in your research?
  • Do you need records retrieved in the Boston area?

As a professional genealogist, I can help you!  With my proven skills and expertise I’ve located family members past and present across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe for clients, friends and family.

You can hire me through this website to help with your unique genealogical quest!

Begin your genealogy journey today!

Start by emailing a description of your goal, and the research you’ve already done, to me at mark@wentlingresearch.com.  An initial email consultation is free and will explain how I can help you climb your family tree and what you can expect from my services.

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I hold a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. I also hold a Master of Library Science degree with a speciality in archives from the University of Maryland.

I am a current member of the Association for Professional Genealogists and abide by its standards for ethical professional conduct as well as by the Genealogical Proof Standard for research and evidence evaluation.  (Never worked with a professional genealogist before?  Check out APG’s handy guide about what to expect here.)

You can learn more about my research qualifications, publications, awards, projects I lead and organizations I am a part of on my about me page.


Project types I am available for:

  • Build a family tree—an open-ended project in which I research as far back on as many branches in as much depth as you allow time for within your allotted budget.
  • Individual biographies—I investigate the in-depth story of an individual’s life using the time allotted within your budget.
  • Brick walls—I focus my research and expertise on investigating a specific genealogical problem you need help on.
  • Research strategies—I work with you to develop a plan for research that you will then undertake or through which I coach you.
  • DNA testing and consultation—I help you select and take the right genealogical DNA test for your needs and/or help you interpret your results.

My specialties and interests:

These are just some of the topics I have particular experience with and interest in:

While I am skilled at genealogy in many geographic locations, I particularly specialize in:

  • New England
  • New York (statewide), including expertise in my native Jefferson County

Resources I have access to:

I live in the Boston, Massachusetts, area and have immediate access to some of the finest genealogical research libraries around, including:

  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, MA)
  • Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA)
  • Massachusetts State Archives (Boston, MA)
  • General Society of Mayflower Descendants Library (Plymouth, MA)
  • Congregational Library and Archives (Boston, MA)
  • Old Colony History Museum & Library (Taunton, MA)
  • Peabody-Essex Museum and Library (Salem, MA)
  • National Archives and Records Administration – Boston branch (Waltham, MA)
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library (New Bedford, MA)
  • plus, local courthouses, churches, libraries, historical and genealogical societies where your ancestors lived

In addition, I am available for hire to travel to many key regional and state repositories, including:

  • American Antiquarian Society (Worcestor, MA)
  • Connecticut State Library & Archives (Hartford, CT)
  • Godfrey Memorial Library (Middletown, CT)
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (New York City, NY)
  • New York State Library & Archives (Albany, NY)
  • Rhode Island State Library and Archives (Providence, RI)
  • Rhode Island Historical Society (Providence, RI)
  • plus, local courthouses, churches, libraries, historical and genealogical societies where your ancestors lived

Research at major repositories in Washington, D.C., can also be arranged, such as:

  • Daughters of the American Revolution Library (NSDAR)
  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives & Records Administration

In addition to access to premiere physical research collections, I maintain current subscriptions to leading online genealogical research databases, like Ancestry.com, GenealogyBank.com and Fold3.com.

Thank you for taking time to learn about my research services – I look forward to joining you on your genealogical adventure!