How I work
I like to establish a good working
relationship with my clients, in order to understand exactly what they
want, and to make sure they know what to expect at the end of my
research. Once I have a good understanding of the scope of the request,
I'll make a clear proposal, explaining what I aim to find out
initially, how long it might take, how much it might cost, and what
expenses might be incurred. I'll usually ask you to agree a budgetlimit - typically it will be £125 plus expenses for the first piece of
I'll keep you up to date with progress, and let you know at once if
I hit any major brick walls, or alternatively if I make any exciting
discoveries. At the end of the assignment I will produce a written
report, which may include a diagrammatic family tree, and
references to all sources that I have used in my research. It will of
course contain the originals of all copy certificates obtained, and photographs
or photocopies of documents consulted as appropriate. I will
indicate whether I think I have gone as far as I can, or if there are other
areas of research that might be worth pursuing.
I conduct all research myself, except where it is more economic to
ask the local record office to do a particular search for me. This might
arise, for instance, when there is just one piece of information required to
complete a pedigree or family tree, and the record office can quickly carry out
the search for me.
Some starting points
Do you have a family Bible inscribed with names and dates?
These are a great help for family history research, but sadly they're relatively
You might have old certificates, memorial cards
or other useful documents amongst your family papers.
You may have some old
photographs - and if they are annotated with names and dates, so much the
better. However, even if all you have are a few names and dates, that
should be enough to get started.
To find out how I might be able to help, please CONTACT ME.