This service is for those who want a broader picture of the origins and experiences of their family heritage.
As well as moving backwards through time, the Family Research service focuses effort on finding ancillary and supporting human interest information that fleshes out the official record. It looks for brothers, sisters and other relatives, information on the sort of place the family lived in at the time, information about the town or village they came from, how well off they were in comparison with others, whether they had servants, how they earned their living, and so on.
This is a more time consuming service than a reverse lineal search and therefore either costs more, or is less deep. For a straight tracing of a (usually) male line parentage, see our Ancestor Tracing service which is a cost effective way of searching for the skeleton of the family tree which then allows you to follow up the dates, events, places and references and flesh out the details yourself.
We would normally expect to present your family research results as a bound report, with a family tree showing births marriages and deaths, individual sheets of details about the people and places we have found and the times in which they lived. This is accompanied by the documentary proof we have purchased during the research (certificates and copy records etc), and our informed commentary on any particularly strong, weak or unusual points we have discovered on your behalf.
If you want the research undertaken as a present for someone else, or if you already have details of your ancestral line, you might like to consider the possibilities of publishing it on a website, from where it can become the beginning of a modern and periodically updated family biography. We feature this service especially as a Christening Pedigree or as a Living Memorial, but the concept applies equally to birthday and anniversary presents. We would be happy to provide separate costs for publishing your ancestral information on the web.
Every case is different, so it is difficult give a general estimate of the cost in advance because it is based on the time the research takes, and the time required is determined by the individual circumstances and complexity of each case.
Once we have some brief details and the name you want us to research, we will be happy to provide an estimate of the cost and the likely time involved. Typically, the cost might be in the region of £500.
It is usual for the research process to take several months, although it can sometimes be shorter, so if you want it concluded for a particular date we need to know, and will advise whether we think it is possible in the timescale you envisage.
We are also happy to spread the cost of the work over the time it takes, giving a monthly cost of somewhere in the order of perhaps £90 to £100 for five or six months.
If you prefer, you can suggest a spending limit, and we will advise what we think can be achieved for that sum.
Making a Start
Making a start is quite simple. Just get together the information that is already available within your family, like names, maiden names, dates and places of birth, marriage and death, what if any professions or religious denominations have been involved, and send us an email or a letter. If there is some particular purpose or date that you want the research undertaken for, let us know that too.
We will send you a reply with an estimate of the time it will take, the likely extent of what can be achieved with reasonable cost, and a cost that we will work to.