begin …I couldn’t believe my good luck when a friend gave me Kelly
Leary’s name. Kelly has worked with me for a couple years and has done a fantastic job showing me how to research and organize. I’m now 78 and she has such patience with me. She even writes down each step so I can review when she is not with me.
I am blessed to have found her for my genealogy needs.
Sandra, PA / Florida
does so in such a way that her “Behind The Story” material is almost
as fascinating as the story of the life she is recounting. She has
made an indelible impact on the world of genealogy. Her research
surrounding the Irish diaspora puts her in a class all her own. As
both a colleague and a friend I consider Kelly Leary to be the epitome
of what good genealogy is all about. Oliver, Tennessee
She is brilliant, professional, untiring, generous, delightful and her patience is endless! I was hopelessly overwhelmed after 6 years of gathering information and not having any idea of how to verify, source, or compile it all. It was daunting and I was lost. When I met Kelly she reassured me that I could do it with a little help. With this new confidence we made great progress. I value her tremendously as a fabulous teacher, I.T. tech, expert genealogist and wonderful human being. In my life’s book there is a precious chapter on people I’ve been blessed to know…and Kelly is my newest entry.” Tina, Florida
“It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I didn’t even know Kelly Leary. And it’s to my everlasting happiness that our paths crossed when and where they did. Although we are thousands of miles apart and 5 time zones, we were both working on developing a family tree via Ancestry.com. I was carrying out my Father’s interest by posting his hand written notes and photos to our family tree. Kelly was busily adding her research to another person on the same tree, a person who I didn’t even know existed. She contacted me, and viola (that’s my Dad talking), we began a wonderful journey developing this family tree. Make no mistake, Kelly has all the professional skills – she is both diligent and speedy, thorough and creative. She has many contacts and researchers she uses to ferret out documents in far away places. By the time she finished her research, she had produced a wonderful family album of well over 100 pages. She also provided a time-line and a history to present the family information in context with the times. She presented photos of most of the people in the family tree, documents of baptisms, marriage certificates, passages to America, Census data, WWI and WWII military information, and even SSDI and cemetery data. Best of all, though, she added anecdotal stories that fleshed out the data into real people leading real lives. Besides providing a wealth of material on this family tree, Kelly has shared her knowledge, opinions, and ideas so that I have been able to move past roadblocks on other branches of my family tree. I am using the time-line idea to research why other ancestors left Austro-Hungary and Russia. It turns out that the politics of the day is of vital importance in making the decision to begin life anew in another country. I am very happy to recommend Kelly as a genealogical researcher. She will surprise and delight you with her discoveries.” Flo, Hawaii
“I love it when a plan comes together! I was born 76 years ago in Providence,RI. My grandfather, Luke Fleming, died when I was 8 months old, so I never really knew him. We lived for a time with my grandmother, Maria, and she told me many times that both she and my grandfather had come over on ships from Ireland. During those years I was more interested in playing baseball than listening to old folk’s tales, so I never absorbed any more than the briefest details. It wasn’t until I reached my senior years that I began to wonder about whom they really were and why they had come to the US. Enter Kelly Leary. Kelly told me she could do some research for me to help define my roots. She began to work. Over time she obtained my parent’s birth and death certificates and traced their history. She obtained my grandparent’s death certificates and then found my great grandparent’s birth and death information. She even found information on my great-great grandparents. One day Kelly called me quite excited. She had found Luke’s baptismal certificate. That took some doing because Luke was born in 1868 before Ireland required birth registration. Luke was born in the parish of Ballintubber/Balymoe in County Roscommon and lived in a place called “Snipehill”. Kelly found lots of other information but this story only needs those two facts. We went to Ireland in 2011. After touring the entire country with a group of eight, my wife and I decided to rent a car and spend five days chasing my roots. We ended up in Ballymoe and made inquires at the only store in town. They directed us to a large building across the street, which, it turned out, was a children’s recreational center founded by Father Flannigan of “Boy’s Town” fame. Father Flannigan was born in Ballymoe. We asked about Snipehill and where the Church might be. They called a gentleman who lived in town and he came over immediately to inform us that the Church was most likely The Church of St. Bride in the neighboring town of Ballintubber and that Snipehill was a now defunct farming community down a dirt road, left after a rock with flowers around it, just before the railroad tracks. We went to the Church first. The Pastor’s assistant allowed us to see the church records and there, on a page written in 1868, was my grandfather’s baptismal record. Further back in April of 1867 was my great grandparent’s marriage certificate. The Pastor provided us with certified copies of both. Next we found the “rock with flowers around it” and went 3 miles down a one lane dirt road (thank the Lord no one came the other way) until we came to the railroad tracks. A man was coming out of his house and we inquired as to the location of Snipehill. He advised us to cross the tracks and walk 100 yards to a bridge across the Suck River and look to our left. That was Snipehill. We stood there for a long time imagining how my grandfather grew up on this farm and at age 18 decided to leave home and seek his fortune in America. It was a solemn moment that would not have been, but for Kelly. I have taken the information Kelly provided and applied for Irish dual citizenship. I won’t know for a year but I am confident, with the records that Kelly uncovered, that I will receive Irish citizenship in due course. Then the plan will really come together.” Dick, Florida
“Personally I have been doing genealogy for 37 years. I am a veteran that completed a family search back to 1502 in France and all without a computer. Those were the days before the internet. As a retiree, I now operate a private research group of 500+ researchers. Our group is so very impressed with Kelly Leary, who is new to our group this year. Kelly signed on with our research group while getting her Certificate in Genealogical Research. Her ambition, her desire to assist fellow researchers, and her never ending energy is unlimited. Within a brief period of time, Kelly adopts the family as her own, and targets areas of interest not only to complete the project, but to flesh out the bones of the family. In her diligent work of being a professional, she unites the researcher to their ancestors. Kelly is a unique talent. I highly recommend her to those serious about their family history. Kelly is our star!!” Patti, Florida
“How happy we are to have the information about our Irish Grandmother before we go to Ireland! We are now able to visit the area she was born. Kelly even found the street where her family lived.” Susie, Florida
“The only professional Genealogist I would recommend is Kelly Leary of K.B. Genealogy and Research. I met her through the advice and recommendations of a top research person in the genealogy field. Before my association with Kelly Leary I was making very little headway on my Irish research do to the fact that I am the only surviving person in my generation of my parents and their Siblings. I was purchasing baptismal records from Ireland that proved useless. The charges I incurred with K.B. Genealogy were more than reasonable, the information was accurate very well documented and the whole experience was very instructive for my further research. Thanks to Kelly there were a lot of positive answers which led to a lot more questions and answers from my own research.” Jim, Florida
“I would like to take this time to thank you for a professional job well done. As you know I first tried to get my Irish Citizenship on my own, which was a complete waste of time and money. I then called a former classmate who’s profession was to look up peoples ancestry for the U.S. Government, and he failed. As a last resort I went to the Irish web site on citizenship and found a few names, of which your name appeared. Your name was listed here in Florida, and purely by chance I picked your name, because your location was close to where I lived. Kelly, your tenacity in putting this puzzle together was nothing short of miraculous. Where others failed you succeeded. Again I would like to THANK YOU, and say I would highly recommend your services to anyone serious about getting a second citizenship, and passport.” Emile, Florida
“I am very grateful to have found Kelly for my family research and Irish Citizenship goals. I had talked with other genealogy researchers and did not have a good feeling about them. With Kelly, I knew immediately that she knew what she was doing and was ethical.
She was patient and thorough, stepped me through the entire process and gave me advice that was invaluable. She also helped me get in touch with long lost relatives and helped me understand my family tree in ways that exceeded my expectations.
In the end , my citizenship endeavor was successful. The family history report was beautiful, and thorough. I am forever grateful.” Tom, Pennsylvania