Yes, I do exclusively first nation and metis genealogies. I follow up with up with a minimum of forty to sixty hours of research, transcribing documents, sometimes translating them if French and then with the organization of all the information found it is inputted into a proof sheet. I also provide a pedigree chart in Stage One followed by time in the documentation of findings. This usually includes the attachment of documents into Drop Box. However, the proof sheet always includes source citations. Understand that each project varies considerably in the amount of research and application of it. No two are alike.
I look at various primary and secondary documents, including vital statistics, Hudson Bay Company records, Metis lists, Indian Affairs Treaty Annuity Paylists, Metis Scrip Records, Petitions, Govt. Correspondence, Enfranchisement, Treaty Discharges etc. along with contacting agencies or individuals depending on the answers necessary, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for residential school searches. I also add any social history documents/articles I find on the region researched.
Reasons for research vary from wanting First Nation status, Metis Status, identifying the First Nation tribe/Band of the family line etc. or simply the fact that someone is curious of a particular surname in their line on whether it leads back to a treaty peoples or First Nation.
Clients have had me go on to Stage Two or Three depending on various reasons, such as a more in-depth look at a person and the tribe they came from, it varies on why further research is wanted. And then in many cases people are satisfied with Stage One and that is it. Stage Two is often more concentrated/in-depth on specific ancestors or in finding specific answers and includes loading documentation to Drop Box, besides providing a proof sheet, and pedigree chart. I would say about half my clients go on to Stage Two and only a small portion decide on Stage Three usually to answer a question on a new discovery found in Stage Two work. Putting together a case for First Nation status to INAC often takes more than just Stage One, unless the client has done preliminary research on their ancestry.
I don't do just the genealogy, but go beyond to find articles etc. which provide history/culture of a person/family and provide it even in the first stage. It often provides supporting evidence.
Thank you for contacting me. People hear of my work, through my book, through my website, through Library and Archives Canada or another organization or individual and I always like to know how you heard of my services. I’ve been doing this type of research for fifteen years now.
Thanks for your interest and the time frame would be at least four weeks and sometimes longer before completion of Stage One. I take interact e-transfer or a check by mail prior to beginning the project. Stage One is $250.
Provide what you can for information and it is preferable that you are looking into one specific ancestral line, such as your maternal grandmother's mother's line. The further down the ancestral line for the concentration of research the better. If you have birth and death dates, and locations of those for individuals, please provide those. And I ask that you provide your reason for research.
Cheers! And I truly do believe the ancestors are arranging things.