Have you ever hired a professional genealogist? I have a family mystery, based in New York City, which I have been unable to solve. How do I find a reliable researcher? How much should this cost? I am looking for tips.
I am trying to discover what happened to:
Michael Coyle b. 24 Nov 1870 in Moate, Cavan, Ireland
- Oldest child of Patrick & Margaret (Brady) Coyle
- Came to USA May 1885
- Married 9 Nov 1895 in NYC to Mary Josephine Mullane
- Father of 7 children, all born in New York City
- In 1920 & 1925 living at 223 East 113 St & working as a baker in New York City
Unfortunately Michael’s bakery had hard times and closed. He left his family. Mary Jo died 17 December 1927. Her will shows his location as unknown. He had family in Connecticut & Texas. His youngest daughter saw him a couple years later. He was looking for his wife and she told him her mother had died. His daughters never saw him again.
More details on Michael at my website, Our Leaves & Branches.
I’d like to have an ending for this story. What happened to my great grandfather? Where is he buried? I mentioned to one of my brothers that I might hire a professional to help answer our questions. He said, ‘Where would a professional look that you haven’t already looked?’ I replied, ‘If I knew that I would not need to hire a professional.’