Family history is more than names, places and dates; it’s about building your ancestor’s character. I bring families together. I help you understand how your family became the individuals they are.
I enlighten, resolve, unite and heal.
Seeker and speaker, author and teacher, a generation of genealogy buffs have benefitted from Lyn Meehan’s expertise in genealogy, family history and library science. For thirty years, Lyn has helped countless families succeed in their quests for specialized information from the Canadian Prairie Provinces and United States: emigration and immigration, naturalization and citizenship, migration routes, military research, land records, heir search, cemetery records and much more.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Lyn’s educational background and extensive research experience have made her a top professional in the effective utilization of research tools at specialized and government libraries, historical societies, provincial and county archives. A specialist in tracking elusive families and sojourners, her portfolio includes case studies on different ethnic backgrounds and successful solutions to numerous “brick-walls” cases.
- Fulfilling a German woman’s life ambition to meet her Canadian cousins who sent care packages during World War II
- Discovering the cause of a Polish soldier’s extensive physical and psychological wounds after he fought with Edmonton’s 194th Overseas Highlanders Battalion at Avion
- Tracing a singing, dancing bachelor’s deceptive surname to its origins
- Charting the immigration route of three restless Greek bachelors who converged in Edmonton to become joint owners of a hat business that endured for 40 years
- Unearthing the heartwarming story of a spirited Yorkshire matron who operated some of the earliest nursing homes in Saskatoon and Edmonton, caring for polio victims and the elderly
- Locating entries in the General Registers of Chinese Immigration
Lyn employs online databases and on-site research in Alberta repositories such as Calgary’s Glenbow Archives, Edmonton’s Provincial Archives of Alberta and Edmonton City archives, University of Alberta archives, specialized historical and military museums and outlying county archives and societies. Her proximity to resources, insightful search strategies and skill in evaluating and analyzing evidence combine to provide the researcher with quick solutions.
Offering assistance in these areas
- Consulting support for family historians: acquainting researchers with how to access the superb range of primary and secondary records available, including urban and city directories, obituary and newspaper coverage, census, church, land, military and a host of records from all levels of government.
- Facilitating the professional researcher: providing academics, journalists, authors or lawyers with historical or demographic information of a non-genealogical nature.
- Recommending and citing books, maps, photographs and drawings from many collections to supplement genealogical information.
Contact me to discuss the particulars of your research. Each commission will be priced individually based on scope and complexity. Should a commission not be accepted, I will suggest alternatives. Services include research, analysis and report preparation. Expenses such as certification and document fees, photocopies, and postage are billed in addition to commission fee. Working within your budget, I will seek approval for any unexpected expense prior to incurring. A Retention Agreement and Scope of Work will be sent before work begins.