Research Services

If you need copies of documents from Washington, D.C. or Richmond or Fredericksburg, VA, I can help.

   Photo Scanning

We can scan your photos and help you store them properly so that you can share them with your family and have them available for years to come.

    Family History

My blog posts about my own family history may give you some ideas about how you search for your own.




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.

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. I only make the trip to either of those places when I have an hour of paid work scheduled, which can be for one client or multiple clients.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.  


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: First My father died in 1994 at the age of 75. When he died, I would have said that I knew him. Instead, almost 25 years later, I’m still learning about him. A few months after my father died, I moved to Seattle and moved in with my oldest sister, …