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It’s family history – how people lived, worked and played in context with the world around them. People’s lives were and still are influenced by wealth and poverty, medicine (or lack of), politics, religion and location. People did not and do not choose where they are born or choose their parents – that is the lottery of birth. How their lives developed was dictated by many things outside their control and therefore it’s important for us to understand what influenced the decisions our ancestors made.

Our job is to try to bring their stories to life by understanding who they were. What shaped them?

What were the stresses and strains of the time? How did they live? What did they eat? How long did they live? What military conflicts  touched their lives? Our approach to providing professional family history research is novel and we look forward to working with you.

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English Parish Records

How far back? That's a frequent question when searching for ancestors. My answer is usually on the following lines. If your ancestors were agricultural labourers (like many of mine) not that far. If they were from noble families quite a long way and argued by some to...

Religion – a blessing or nightmare for genealogists?

Religion plays a huge part in many people's lives. It is as true of the past as it is today. The object of this article is certainly not to discuss the merits of one religion over another but to consider its legacy. Genealogists would be starved of all sorts of...


Lord Liverpool led the government in 1815 following the Napoleonic Wars between 1803 and 1815. Great pressure was put on the for social, economic and political reform.  However, the government introduced in 1815 The Corn Laws to protect British agricultural landowners...

Seaside holiday romance in 1881?

Marriages, Allegations and Licences Marriages before 1837 in England and Wales conventionally took place in parish churches. From 1937 there was an option to choose a civil ceremony and avoid the trappings of a religious ceremony. Both before and after this date...

Corn Laws Introduced

The Corn Laws were statures introduced between 1815 and 1846 to keep corn prices high. Price levels were set to protect English farmers from cheap foreign imports of grain following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The Corn Laws were repealed in 1846.

Slave Trade Abolished

The law that abolished the slave trade entered the statute books of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on the 25 March 1807. This made it illegal to engage in the slave trade in the British Colonies. Despite this trafficking, between the Caribbean...

Luddite Rebellion

The Luddite Rebellion 1811-1813 Luddite attacks began in Nottinghamshire, England during November 1811 by textile workers rebelling against the industrial processes and machines introduced by manufacturers at the beginning of the 18th century.

Royal Navy defeats France at the Battle of Trafalgar

The Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805 A famous battle indeed. Won under the leadership of Admiral Lord Nelson who lost his life in the battle. Nevertheless the British fleet with twenty seven ships of the line with six others defeated the combined forces of the...

Act of Union creates United Kingdom 1801

The Acts of Union 1801 was an agreement that united England, Scotland and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Storming of the Bastille 1789

Beginning of the French Revolution - One of them!  

The Nature of Genealogical Records

Genealogical records come in a variety of forms. But, how much can we rely on them? At the heart of any genealogical are vital birth, marriage and death records. They mark the beginning the middle and the end. Two events are inevitable; the third optional and can be...

Where did your ancestors live?

Where did they live? It is impossible to understand the lives of our ancestors without knowing where they lived. Not just where they lived geographically but under what conditions. Did they live in a rural location or in tightly packed tenements. How difficult was it...

Choosing a professional genealogist and family historian

Finding and choosing a professional genealogist. There are a number of reasons why people turn to a professional genealogist to research their family history. It might be following the death in a family and a need to know; for probate and inheritance; you tried...

Charles Booth

For genealogists, the Charles Booth poverty maps provide a significant resource when researching 19th century London.  However, that underestimates the contribution he made during his lifetime in his quest to understand the social conditions in London at that time....

Functionality added to General Register Office website

The website to use when ordering certificates - English and Welsh birth, marriage and death certs is the website of the General Register Office. The significant changes are For births the mother's maiden name will be shown. Previously this was only for births after...

Irish records

The following was gleaned from a lecture at Who Do You Think You Are? at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 6 April 2017. I have reinforced the notes with the location of the records - ie I have added the appropriate links. Ireland City and...

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Key Points
  • This is a subscription based service where we build your ancestral tree over time in much the same way as we build our own.
  • Subscriptions can be started and stopped at any time. If we think we have exhausted available records we will stop taking the subscription.
  • We will research one surname at a time from your ancestral lines. Research as many names as you like one at a time.
  • We do not generally carry out research on living relatives. The only exception is when we provide services related to DNA investigations where consent has been given.
  • Bespoke reports are available where there are time constraints such as cases of probate and inheritance. Contact us if you have a specific requirement and we will be pleased to provide a quotation and timescale.
How much will it cost?

£70 a month or the equivalent in your local currency. The first month will be free of charge for a limited time.

Are there extra costs?
Birth Marriage and Death Certificates

Yes there can be. The cost of birth, marriage and death certificates that are needed to provide evidence. The cost of these varies according to type and the country in which the event was registered. It helps if you already have certificates for your most recent ancestors,  ie parents, grandparents and siblings. And, of course, your own.

Other records that may incur additional costs are some military records and wills not available online. We will always explain why records are required and the costs involved. We will not order any documents without your agreement.

Reliable information

Providing reliable information is key to what we do.

There can rarely be absolute certainty about the information found about your ancestors, but we take very seriously our responsibility to provide as accurate information as is possible from the records available. We will not guess or assume relationships. We seek evidence and at the core of what we do is the Genealogical Proof Standard. You may wish to read the article in our blog about the nature of genealogical records . Our aim is to get as close as possible to the primary source of information

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We only keep your details for as long as we have a working relationship. These comprise the minimum needed to keep in contact with you for the duration of our relationship. We will not share you information with third parties.

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A variety of TV programmes and rapidly expanding online resources have encouraged interest in genealogy and family history.

Many of us are intrigued and want to know more about our ancestors. What did they do?  Where did they live? How did they live? Did they have money? If they did what happened to it? Were there criminals in my family? Were they famous or notorious?

For this type of research it is common is to quote a price for a project. For example, a package of research might be a four-generation report for one person with a fixed price. For the client that can be rather frustrating since it can leave unanswered questions followed by the need for another proposal and another quote for a fixed charge. The alternative is an hourly rate, but the nature of research makes it is impossible to say in advance how long things will take and it is unlikely to be a satisfactory approach in many circumstances.

Where time is of the essence, in cases of probate and inheritance for example, this is probably the best option but for general family history there is a better way that is fairer to both the client and the professional genealogist.

That is with a monthly subscription. You will be able to stop the subscription at any time. If we feel we have reached the end of the road – or perhaps top of the tree with a line of enquiry we will tell you and will stop taking payments.

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