Lauren Shulsky Orenstein
I have been researching family histories for more than 20 years, dating back to a time when finding a census entry was an arduous process involving city directories and endless scrolling through microfilm. I am comfortable in archives of every size and type, including libraries, tax departments, surrogate's and civil courthouses, universities and cemeteries. I work to venture outside the "usual" research venues to succeed. I understand that sometimes the most important item on a document appears, at first glance, to be the most insignificant. My academic background in archaeology makes me uniquely qualified to dig through records, new and old, to find the information needed.