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My name is Ann Gillespie and I am PreserveLegacies.

I’ve worked for the National Park Service both as a ranger and as a collections curator. I’ve been a historian and as an architectural historian. I’ve spent years researching history, the built environment, my own family, and other topics.

I’ve also spent years taking pictures and gathering family pictures and documents from a number of sources. Most recently, my mother moved into assisted living and I got custody of a couple of pieces of furniture, most of the family heirlooms, all of the photos, and all of the documents that aren’t in active use.

I understand how photos and information, and sharing these things with interested family members, can become overwhelming. I can help you to share yours, and to preserve them for future generations.

Several elements of my diverse background come together in PreserveLegacies.

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My name is Ann Gillespie and I am PreserveLegacies.

I’ve worked for the National Park Service both as a ranger and as a collections curator. I’ve worked as a historian and as an architectural historian. I’ve spent years researching history, the built environment, my own family, and other topics. I’ve also spent years taking pictures and gathering family pictures and documents from a number of sources. I’m definitely not anywhere close to an expert photographer. I do understand how photos and information, and sharing these things with interested family members, can become overwhelming.

Several elements of my diverse background come together in PreserveLegacies.

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Research Services

I research at multiple repositories in Washington, D.C. and in Richmond, VA, and closer to home in Fredericksburg, VA. For research in Washington or Richmond I charge $55 per hour.  The minimum charge is for one hour, unless I have work scheduled for multiple clients that will add up to at least one hour.

To help in estimating how much time your work will require, military pension files average 1 hour, homestead records average about 45 min, and compiled service records, military bounty land warrant, and cash entry land records average 1/2 hour or less.

For Fredericksburg or online research, I charge $20 per hour. Since my travel time and costs are minimal, I do not require a minimum amount of paid work for local or online research.

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