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Genealogy Heroes

Corey Oiesen, founder

Have you solved a family mystery? Brought cousins together? Overcome a brick wall? Building an heir search case?  Do you need help?
Genealogy Heroes recognizes the heroic acts committed through genealogical research and aims to help genealogists and family history enthusiasts realize their goals. With more than 20 years of  experience, Genealogy Heroes offers research, translation, writing, and editing.


Corey Oiesen

Genealogy Heroes offers 20 years of experience in genealogical research, translation, writing, and editing. Founder Corey Oiesen holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. She is an instructor in the program. She works as a genealogist in a wide range of U.S., French, and Italian research, and provides Italian dual citizenship preparation and French and Italian translation. Her research roots stem from adoption and missing person research. She holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State and a B.A. from Virginia Tech. She has also completed the ProGen Study Group program and Excelsior College’s Advanced Practicum in Genealogy course.


Services Offered


Genealogical Research

  • Family tree research, from scratch or in support of work already performed

  • Assistance to professional genealogists

  • In-person records retrieval, photography (cemetery, old houses, and buildings)

  • Lineage society applications

  • House histories

  • Heir searches for attorneys or search firm

  • Living person and adoption searches accepted on a case-by-case basis

  • Geographic specialties: France, Canada, Italy, U.S.

  • Italian research, dual-citizenship projects (through Lo Schiavo Genealogica)

Translation and Interpretation

  • French-to-English, English-to-French translation, written

  • Spoken French-to English, English to French communication, interpretation

  • Italian to English translation, written

  • Expertise in difficult handwriting

Editing and Writing

  • In-depth editing and advisement on books, articles, family charts, and more

  • Quick, "second set of eyes" review of articles, letters, applications, emails, etc.

  • Review of journal submissions, with adherence to house style

  • Writing family history books

  • Fact checking

  • Strong edits delivered in a kind manner


  • Presentations in-person or via webinar

  • Variety of genealogical subjects including:

    • How to get started

    • How to leave a legacy

    • Comparing sources, how to prove conclusions

    • French genealogy (basic - advanced)

    • Living people research

More about our work


Local Access

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Genealogy Heroes provides research for all regions of the United States and Canada, as well as English-, Italian-, and French-speaking regions throughout the world. We provide referrals for regions or topics outside of our area of expertise.

We regularly access in California:

  • Santa Clara County Court House

  • Santa Clara Family History Center

  • Santa Cruz County Court House

  • Santa Cruz Family History Center

  • Santa Cruz Public Library Genealogy Room

  • San Jose Public Library, California Room

  • With notice, we can also access:

  • California State Library - Sutro

  • National Archives - San Bruno, Calif.

  • Oakland Regional Family History Center

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, court house

  • San Francisco Public Library

  • We also visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the California State Archives regularly. We conduct much of our work through correspondance, personal contact and poring over miles of microfilm.

Access in Other Countries


We also visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City regularly, as well as repositories throughout the U.S. and Europe. We go well-beyond internet searching, seeking the best and most appropriate sources to answer the client's research questions. We conduct much of our work through correspondence, personal contact, examining original sources, and poring over miles of microfilm.


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