History’s Mysteries LLC is a new researching firm setting out to uncover answers to your inquiries about history in Northeast Iowa, central to the Waterloo area in Black Hawk County. Our expertise lies in the research of real estate and cemeteries as well as other areas of genealogical and ephemera research.
We are a proud member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and abide by APG Code of Ethics seen here. We are currently working on our certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Applicants for BCG must demonstrate The Genealogical Proof Standard which can be seen here.
If you would like our assistance to answer a burning question you might have, please send an email to HistorysMysteriesLLC@yahoo.com. In your email, specify your question and provide additional background on what you already know and what steps you have taken (if any) to previously research this question. A phone conversation can be arranged to discuss your project in detail. We do ask for a $50 retainer before the preliminary research plan is presented. This preliminary plan will review your contact information, the questions we will try to answer for you, an initial search of pertinent information readily accessible, potential sources and repositories we will utilize and the suggested steps of research. Once we present this information to you, we will have you sign an agreement allowing us to conduct the stated research plan and complete your requested project for the number of hours you have authorized. Upon completion of the research and report, we will present you with a copy of your report, detailing our findings and suggestions for future research, if it would be beneficial.
We are currently accepting new clients. You will be provided with detailed information as soon as possible. A backlog could increase wait time, but expect the search and report to take two weeks. We will use our online resources first to minimize travel expenses while verifying original sources whenever possible.