Specialist Family and Local History Research for the North West of England.
The North West includes Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria.
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"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree." Michael Crichton
Family History is such an absorbing subject that it can easily eat up hour, after hour as one delves through archives, trawls the internet, visits graveyards and studies individual documents. All in a bid to unearth and piece together the echoes of the past; like a jigsaw puzzle where each individual piece is scattered to the winds. I can only delight in the fact that I get to do this for a living, the responsibility of researching and tracing peoples ancestors to put together somebody's family story is of course not to be trivialised; but I derive a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction from this process and whilst it is wonderful to be paid to do something you love passionately, the real reward is bringing that story to the present day descendants.
Family History and Genealogy has now become a popular activity thanks to TV shows like 'Who Do You Think You Are' and 'Long Lost Family' and it is wonderful to see and read about individual success in finding out about ancestors; however whilst I would be the first to applaud the activities of the enthusiastic amateur, it is worthy of note that there are many pitfalls for the unwary. Hours, weeks, months of work can be undone, due to wrongly interpreting a document or assuming that something is so. This is where the services of a Professional Genealogist can be invaluable, you can be sure that when I present my findings, I will have rigorously exhausted every avenue to interrogate every document I utilise to confirm its relevance to your family tree. No blind assumptions are made and therefore you can be sure that when you sit down to enjoy your family story, you will be reading your story and not someone else's. I offer packages and also bespoke services, so for example if you're doing your own family history, but you've hit a 'Brick Wall' I could possibly help you to break it down by researching that section for you.
Whichever way you choose to find out about your ancestors, don't delay do it today and enjoy the greatest story you'll ever read!
There are many Archives throughout the North West of England and I am a regular visitor to the main Archive Repositories of Preston, Liverpool and Manchester. If there is a particular document located within the North West, i.e. Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire or Cumbria, then I am able to carry out research, on your behalf, for an hourly rate. (mileage and other associated costs will apply) I do not charge for travelling time to the archive.
A Testimonial from one of my clients: "Many thanks for going through these texts for me and sending me copies. It must have been arduous!" E.L., Austria
Some of the Archives I have recently visited are:
Barclays Bank Archive, Manchester to search through 18th century ledgers
Manchester Cathedral Archives to search Manchester Court Rolls
Central Manchester Archives for various research
Dudley Archives and Local Studies to carry out research within Staffordshire and Warwickshire Parish Registers
John Rylands Library, Manchester to research documents within the Methodist Archive Collection
The Working Class Movement Library, Salford, to research within Trade Union Collections
Wigan Archives, Leigh, to carry out research within early Parish records
St Helens Archives, Merseyside, to carry out research into a local company
Lancashire Archives, Preston, to check and transcribe several wills
Liverpool Archives, to carry out research into a Quaker family
Crosby Library, Merseyside to look up a family within the old Electoral Rolls
Covering the North West of England. Is there a place that was important in an ancestor’s life that you would like us to visit to take photographs or lay flowers on a grave?
The North West includes Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria. An hourly rate applies. (other costs such as mileage and parking may also be incurred). Quotations to be provided dependent on service required.