I offer family history research for England and Wales. I can research a whole family tree for you or a single look-up.
All research is undertaken promptly and as accurately as possible. Details of sources examined and results, both positive and negative, will be sent to you, usually within five working days for a few hours research. With larger research commissions you will receive regular progress reports.
Family History Research by the Hour
If you are carrying out your own family history research and need some resources examined at Gloucestershire Archives (formerly Gloucester Record Office) for your ancestors.
I offer a helpful and efficient hourly research service.
My hourly rate for research is £15 which includes travelling costs and parking fees. Copies of documents and certificates
are charged at cost. Payment can be made via PayPal in any currency or, for UK transactions only, via bank transfer if preferred.
In order that I can provide you with the best possible service, please provide me with as much information as possible
for the area you want investigated, including sources. You may send a family tree diagram or a GEDCOM. This will ensure that you are not paying me to duplicate the information you already have, or to search areas you have already looked.
Only if you give me thorough background information, will I hopefully be able to help you further. Please use the form on the contact page to provide these details.
Gloucestershire Parish Register Look-Ups
Have you found an ancestor on the IGI, parish register transcript or an online tree and would like to verify the details with the original parish register?
I can visit Gloucestershire Archives on your behalf and consult the original parish register. Simply give me the transcription of the baptism, marriage or burial that took place in a Gloucestershire parish church,
and I will check the original or microfilmed Parish Register or, should that not be available, then the Bishops Transcripts. A transcript of the entry will be sent to you, along with a copy of the entry
(providing the register has been micro-filmed).
If this is a marriage that took place in a Gloucestershire church after 1837, then you could receive a copy of the entry containing the actual signatures or marks made by your ancestors!
If you are uncertain of the exact date, for example if you only have an approximate year of birth from the census, or a civil registration quarter date, let me have the full details of who you are looking for and what you know already and I'll see what I can do!
Sometimes parish registers can provide interesting extra details which are not transcribed elsewhere. One baptism I found contained
the names of the child’s mother’s parents, which proved very useful! Burial entries may
very occasionally give a cause of death, if noteworthy.
Complete Family Tree Research
As everyone's requirements are different, with people's 'starting' ancestors varying or perhaps only wanting to know about a male line, I find it no longer practical to offer family history research packages.
Accurate family trees need certificates to validate them and the cost is now such that most people want to spread the expense over a period of time. Therefore, it makes more sense for you to set a budget as to the amount of money you wish to spend and then I can research to your limit.
Research is done using online subscription websites and sources held at the
Gloucestershire Archives, formerly Gloucester Record Office. Here are some of the
family history sources I
use for researching your tree.
Copies of Documents
Document copying is subject to permission from Gloucestershire Archives and all copies supplied are subject to copyright. If you would like copies of documents
please let me know at the time of your research request, otherwise I will have to make a return journey, which will be charged for.
Whilst I always try to obtain the best possible image for you, quality can vary according to the condition of the original document or the quality of the fiche. Images of documents will be sent electronically.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your research requirements.