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

Making history personal—are you ready to discover your unique story?

Mark A. Wentling, M.L.S. - Genealogist

Mark A. Wentling, MLS

Thank you for visiting Ancestor Introductions!  My name is Mark A. Wentling and I am a seasoned, Boston-based, professional genealogist with more than 20 years of experience.

  • Do you want to know more about your family history?
  • Do you need help choosing a genealogical DNA test or interpreting your results?
  • Would you like help joining the Mayflower Society, DAR or other lineage society?
  • Are you a probate or property attorney seeking heirs to an estate?
  • Do you need records retrieved in the Boston area?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then as a professional genealogist I can help you.  With my proven skills, I’ve located family members past and present for clients from across the U.S. and Canada, including individual family historians, law firms, government agencies, as well as major research institutions and publishers like the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Newbury Street Press in Boston.

I have extensive expertise in U.S.-based genealogical research, especially New England and New York.  In addition, I have experience tracing ancestors in Canada (English- and French-speaking), England, Belgium and Germany.

Association of Professional Genealogists member logoI hold a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and a Master of Library Science degree with a speciality in archives from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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.

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.  Once we agree on a research goal, I then charge a competitive hourly rate based on the type of project.  You set the budget.

Want to know more?  Read on below and elsewhere on this site to find out about:


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.
  • Heir searches—I work with an attorney to identify next-of-kin or other individuals pertinent to your case.

My specialties and interests:

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

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

Don’t see a location listed here?  Don’t worry, I can help you access resources throughout the U.S. and beyond via my network of associated professionals.

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!