Getting Started

BearTough Research offers a variety of genealogy services and can tailor the research to your desires. Use the "Contact Us" button above to get in touch and discuss your research goals. After our initial discussion:  

  • BearTough Research will prepare a research proposal with a suggested number of hours and cost for the research hours (typically $50/hour).

  • If the proposal looks acceptable, the client can then agree or adjust the proposal, conclude payment (via check or PayPal) and BearTough will start the history hunt.

  • Typical results of the research completed by BearTough will be ready and shared with the client via a Research Report within 1-2 weeks from the starting date of the investigation.

Examples of expertise of BearTough Research:


building or verifying a family tree

Whether you have no clue what your family tree looks like and who your ancestors are or if you have done some research on your own already and want a second opinion to review and verify your findings, BearTough can help build and develop your family tree. 


berks county, pennsylvania 

BearTough specializes in researching families with deep roots in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Established in 1752, Berks County is one of the oldest in Pennsylvania and rich in history. Whether your family is one of the early pioneers or recent inhabitants of the area, we can dig deep into an investigation. 

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ellis island or other immigration

Want to know when your family arrived in the US? Where did they came from? How did they manage life in the US or colonial America? BearTough can search through records and other archival facts to bring to life this early history of your family.


Lineage Society Investigations

Are you a descendent of an American Patriot? Do you want to join the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) or Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)? BearTough can help research lineage to patriot ancestors to meet the requirements of these organizations.


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breaking through your "brick wall"

Stuck? Need a second-pair of eyes to review your findings and see how to break through your "brick wall"? Contact BearTough to see how we can help knock down this brick wall.

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Writing your family history

Interested in a detailed accounting of your family history, to pass on to future generations? BearTough can provide a comprehensive written account, along with pictures and relevant documents.