Friday, September 4, 2015

FAQS for NARA Labor Day Weekend Deal

You have questions? Hopefully our FAQ covers them. If not, email us at

Payments & Retainers

Why is there a "retainer" payment due when I order?

We would like to make sure that orders placed are truly desired and not quotes. Researchers are only allowed to request 4 files per record pull and there are five record pulls a day at Archives I. Depending on the size of each pension file, the researcher may not be able to scan all 20 files in one day. Depending on how many orders we receive this holiday weekend, we may have to hire a few experienced genie friends to assist us in making sure everyone receives their pension file(s) within a month of payment as promised.

Refer a friend (RaF) 

How does it work?

When an refer a friend (RaF) order comes in (with $55 retainer payment) with you as the reference, we will email you that your friend has placed an order. You will receive $5 off your order and your friend receives $3 off their order. Simple as that. 

Only one "referred friend" discount ($55) per person. If you order several pensions, only the first pension is $55 and the additional pensions are $58. 

I already paid my retainer but I've earned a RaF discount

Congrats on your savings! When we email your pension files, we will credit your order and send you either a quote or a refund. 

How many RaFs can I earn?

As many as you'd like! Share on social media, call your genie buddies,!

Testimonials & Kudos

Thank you for the stellar reviews! It has been my pleasure!

Elisabeth W - 1 Oct 2015

Diane Z - 29 Sep 2015

Sandy C. - 25 Sep 2015

Holly - 19 Sep 2015

Nancy S. - 4 Sep 2015

Patti B. - 2 Sep 2015

Amanda H. - 30 Aug 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015


20,000 likes!!! Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches Genealogy has come a long way from that funny meme I made at 2 am on a genie break from my Clarks of Detroit research in 2012.

In a little over 3 years, I have transformed my obsession of hunting down ancestors into a full time career. Once lovingly known by Genie friends as "Lil Ms. Go Get 'Em", I've grown to love my new nickname, "The Detroit Genealogist". 

Assisting fellow genies break down their Michigan brick walls professionally and on my facebook page "Detroit Genealogy" is like a dream come true. I've yet to dread one day of work and I pick up new ancestor hiding spots with every trip to the Detroit Public Library or State of Michigan Archives/Library.

As many of you family historians out there, I spend my "free time" giving back to my local genealogy community. I currently volunteer as the social media committee chairwoman and query researcher for the Detroit Society of Genealogical Research.

Thank you all for making Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches Genealogy what it is today! It makes my day to give fellow genealogists memes to express their obsession with family history and hopefully a chuckle when brick walls are stressing you out. 

The TTGB community is one of a kind and that is due to all of the Twisted Twigs who like/share the memes, share their stories, and occasional connect with a new cousin or two. 

Happy Hunting!

Deidre Erin