Family History Research

“I am not only a genealogist, but also a trained historian and professional writer.”

Based on Romney Marsh, not far from Ashford in Kent, Rye in East Sussex and on a high speed train link to London, I offer a range of bespoke family history services.

These include:

  • Written family histories, biographies and pedigree charts
  • Research in local archives and libraries in Kent and East Sussex
  • Advice sessions
  • Tracing living relatives
  • Family History Tours in Kent, East Sussex and London
  • Gift Vouchers

Family history research, biographies and pedigree charts

Whether you simply require someone to research your ancestors in order to produce a family tree or whether you wish to embark on a major research project, or book, I offer a bespoke research service to meet your needs. For research back to approximately 1837 I cover all of England, Wales and Scotland. Before this date my specialist areas are Kent and East Sussex.

I offer a free thirty-minute assessment for all potential clients. Once I have assessed your case I will reply giving you an indication of cost and, where appropriate, the chances of success. Assessments are usually completed within 48 hours of receiving all the necessary information.

All work is individually tailored to your needs but take a look at the case studies to get an idea of what I can offer.

In order for me to assess your research requirements please contact me with the following details:

  • What you would like me to research
  • Details of what you know so far including any dates or places of birth, marriage and death.
  • Full details of any research that has already been done
  • What your goals are

Please read my Research Terms and Conditions Document for details of how I work and how to pay. By commissioning me you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Research in local archives and libraries in Kent and East Sussex

Many genealogy sources are now available online, making it viable for a great deal of research to be carried out online back to early Victorian times (1837). Before this period however, research in local archives is essential, while taking the time to investigate additional local resources frequently adds a great deal more depth to family histories of any era. I regularly visit the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone and Canterbury Cathedral Archives. I can also visit East Sussex Record Office, Hastings Library, London Metropolitan Archives, The British Library and the library of the Society of Genealogists.

Advice Sessions

Advice sessions are available in person, via Skype or telephone. Cost: £45 an hour: £60 for 1.5 hours

If you are an amateur researcher looking to troubleshoot your own research, a head-to-head session may be what you need. I also offer private family history lessons for the same price. Sessions are tailored to your individual needs and typically last from 1–1.5 hours. Longer sessions are available by arrangement.

Tracing Living Relatives

Many people wish to track down family members with whom they have lost contact or trace a family member they have never known. While it is not always possible to locate the person in question, many cases are successful and sometimes against the odds. Please contact me providing as much detail as you can about the person you are looking for.

Surname Interpretation

Many people are interested in the origin of their surname. The great majority of surnames evolved between the 12th and 13th centuries and this can make it difficult to be certain of the original derivation of some names. However, in many cases it is possible to determine the most likely meaning behind the name and where it first appears in records.

Please note that the cost of this service includes time spent studying the name using a selection of the most informative records available nationally. It does not include searches in local sources and I do not supply a surname certificate such as that offered by some companies. You will simply receive a short written report of my findings. Turnaround times for this service usually range from 1-2 weeks. Cost: £55

Please enter the surname you wish me to research

 

Gift Vouchers/Research as a Gift

I offer written family histories and trees to give as a gift. Please bear in mind that I get very busy so these usually need to be ordered three months in advance, should the work be required for a specific date. Alternatively you can buy a Heritage Family History Gift voucher. This is frequently a better option as it also gives me a chance to speak to the recipient and glean further family history details the rest of the family may be unaware of before research commences.