Who is The Generations Welder?
I’m Brandt Gibson, a happily married father of four awesome kids. I got into genealogy when my grandmother sent me a pedigree chart of her ancestors. One look at those old photographs and unknown names and I was hooked – I just had to know more about these people!
I studied genealogy at Brigham Young University, did an internship at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and earned a certificate in genealogy and family history. I graduated from the ProGen study group in 2011. I’m a member of the Alexander Hamilton chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I’ve attended the SCGS Jamboree and DNA Day, as well as over a dozen local genealogy conferences and expos. I’ve also volunteered at the Heritage Quest Research Library in Sumner, Washington. My research has been centered in Montana, Washington and Idaho, though I have some experience in many other states’ records. I’ve also done some research in Norwegian and German records.
Above all, I’m passionate about (my family would say obsessed with) family history. Genealogy has the ability to answer powerfully the questions we have about who we are, and what makes us the way we are. The stories of our families can be heartwarming, heartbreaking, or somewhere in between. My goal is to do all I can to help you find your stories and answer your questions.
How we work.
Living in the Seattle metropolitan area gives me access to a lot of records – the Fiske library, the Seattle branch of NARA, various Family History Centers, as well as all the resources available online. I will make use of all the records available to me in researching your family, and do all I can to help answer your genealogical questions.
My base rate is $30 an hour. Any travel or other expenses will be fully disclosed and laid out in the fee agreement. The contract will be considered active after the research request has been submitted and payment of 50% of the cost of the project has been received, with the remainder due upon completion of the research. Payments can be made via PayPal. Once the research and analysis are done, all findings are compiled in a research report, and presented to you along with copies of all documents found, and a research log detailing what sources were searched and what was (and wasn’t) found there. The report will also include recommendations for future research, so continuing the research later will be easier for you and me.