Experience and Attention to Detail
I'm James Derheim, an American professional photographer with a background in international travel including more than a decade spent working in Europe.
My experience as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper published in Germany is part of what makes my service successful. I'm not just taking high quality digital photographs, I'm seeking out the kinds of information that you want to add to your genealogy.
Using what you've told me is important to your family history, I personally go to your ancestral town, walking up and down the streets and alleyways with my cameras, capturing scenes that your ancestors would have known.
Towns and villages have not changed in many areas of Europe in hundreds of years. I perform this service in more than 20 countries across Europe, bringing you a complete story through exceptional photographs and detailed information about your ancestral town no matter how small it is, no matter where it is.
- Ancestral homes
- Ancestral churches
- Landmarks that were standing when your ancestors lived in the area
- Landscape around your ancestral village
Because each project is created just for you, the contents of your portfolio can be anything that you want or need it to be.
I'm a very curious detective with a camera, and the results of my work will bring meaning to your research in a way that you never dreamed was possible. Many of my clients say it's the next best thing to going there themselves.
"This service has saved me from making a long and expensive journey. Short of having been there myself, your photos and narrative are the next best thing. Thank you, my curiosity is satisfied, and very nicely too!"
— Laura C., Naperville, IL
"The photos are truly world class and have added to my ability to explain our Thu?Nringian and Bavarian family roots to those family members who have only a passing interest in genealogy."
— Mel W., Albany, NY
"This has really inspired me to finish the family history and illustrate it with your beautiful pictures..."
— Regina E., Ocean Springs, MS
"We all sat around my mother as she turned the pages and watched her eyes get wider and wider. It was great when she saw the house where her great-grandfather was born."
— Amy G., Orlando, FL
"I received your package yesterday. Thank you so much. What a beautiful presentation you put together. I am looking forward to giving this to my aunt when I go to Chicago in March."
— Noreen S., Pasadena, CA