Wisconsin Ancestors
1999-2012 by John Von Haden  All rights reserved.

New Policies - Effective Jan. 1, 2010

Given that my wife loves her job and we live within our means, my goal with this website is to be able to make enough money to continue to research genealogy full time...  which for me means spending 50 to 60 hours every week either driving places, doing research, processing orders or indexing newspapers on my little microfilm reader on a TV tray next to the couch.

The cost to keep this website going is higher than you would think.  For instance, my 2009 expenses include...  14,000+ miles on my car, parking, photocopies, LDS microfilm rentals, advertising, stamps, paper and ink...  These items totaled over $3,000 in 2009, not to mention that being self-employed means paying twice as much FICA in income tax.

For this reason, I'm hope to save expenses in 2010 by going digital, with one exception... the State of Wisconsin does not permit me to digitally scan birth, marriage and death certificates.

Except for birth, marriage and death certificates, for your order, all items will be placed on my website as a digital image (usually a PDF file) so that you can access them using your web browser.  You can browse items, print items or save them to your computer's hard drive.

Within a day or two of receiving your order, I will put status and results information on my website that you can check anytime you would like.

To view the progress of your order, simply go to the results page on my website and enter your last name and order number.  If you don't know your order number, you can email me and I'll send a copy of your order to you.

This also allows me to do things I haven't been able to do in the past:

I can make portions of the order available to you as soon as I have them, instead of waiting until the entire order is complete
In the status page, I'll also try to inform you of how long certain items will take me to complete...  for instance, a frequent delay is the need to drive to the State Historical Society in Madison... a 150 mile round trip, so I can let you know when I hope to go there again.