While writing a family history, I approached Mr. Kruizenga to look into some discrepancies about the background of my great-grandfather, an Dutch immigrant who had lived in the Grand Rapids area. There was conflicting data from family members, Ancestry.com, family trees, etc. I needed a professional genealogist, someone who had access to foreign records and who could translate the Dutch material and make sense of it. I also wanted the backing of a professional's "seal of approval" on whatever was found. Mr. Kruizenga pursued the project with unexpected vigor and competence. I received four lengthy reports from him that addressed each of my questions. Not only did I get the raw data (at least 10 records of births, deaths, marriages, maps, etc) but an intelligent and comprehensive analysis that was tailored to my quest. Mr. Kruizenga handled the entire project with honesty, competence, patience, and professionalism. It is clear that he loves what he does and is very good at it. As for the results of our collaboration, he solved a century-old discrepancy and gave me considerable additional information that I had not expected. I cannot say enough in my praise of Mr. Kruizenga.
[Update: this book has now been published. Congratulations to Diana Walstad for her perseverance to see this through. Entitled "Family History (1860-1950) of a Doctor's Daughter" the book is available from Amazon.com here.]
Very Professional. Jay is extremely efficient and easy to work with.
D. Van Haften
Jay, you’re NOT only a premiere photographer but a ‘miner’. Thanks for digging these out. Photos are GREAT !
And they said it was an unmarked grave….Thank you for the headstone picture in my home town of Grand Rapids.
Thank you very much! I am very impressed..you are certainly a professional photographer!
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Jay found my great grandparents graves, and helped me learn that I have Dutch, French Canadian, and English ancestors going back to the 1600s in America. I never imagined I would learn so much. Beyond his great knowledge of genealogy sources, he has a unique curiosity and a sixth sense that leads you to find crucial details that most other people would overlook.
I love doing my own research on my family tree. I'm pretty good, and enjoy it immensely. I look at it like an investigation, or detective work. So, why hire Jay? He brings fresh eyes to the case, and found things I couldn't. I was thoroughly happy with the results, and will be using him in the future, for other projects on my tree. Thank you Jay! You did a wonderful job on my 5 items. Very thorough, and even went beyond what I expected. Again, many thanks.
Jay is phenomenal, what more can I say. I couldn't begin to understand how he does what he does, with speed and clarity. He was able to take my ancestry back to Holland with rich details and all in an easy to understand form.
OH MY GOSH, thank you for the envelope of the pictures and the printed package of my ancestors.
This is the 2nd time I have taken advantage of Jay’s services. I hired him to investigate my French roots. After a family reunion no-one knew about that side. Jay picked up the trail taking my French side from Grand Rapids to Chicago, from there to New York, then into Canada where he discovered I descend from the “Filles du Roi” [King’s Daughters]! What a find! And he didn’t stop there… he brought my family back to France.
Thanks Jay… your work is outstanding and reasonable cost wise. I would certainly recommend you to friends and family. All the best!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You uncovered the stone of Edward Paxson Stamm, my maternal great-grandfather in Oakhill Cemetery, plus added the small newspaper notice about the death of Edward. The photos and information you offered on Edward Stamm were absolute gems to me!
It was with amazement, gladness, reverence and deep gratitude… You did an AMAZING job in recovering and photo-documenting Jane’s stone so carefully and completely, and the epitaph is beautiful and poignant. I’m extremely grateful.
Jay, I can’t thank you enough for finding Ekke Rozema’s headstone. I am just now wrapping up a one-year genealogy effort on my grandmother and her 14 siblings, of whom Ekke was the firstborn but died after five days. The whole family has been connected to the project via a Facebook page, and we had resigned ourselves to Ekke’s marker being lost. What a fantastic thing you are doing! Thank you again!