With the advent of the World Wide Web many records including births, marriages and deaths and census records from 1841 to 1911 are now available online. This has considerably assisted family historians, but researchers need to be aware that what is available is not necessarily true. There are transcription errors, information given to enumerators may be wrong and the enumerators may have made errors when they completed the forms. Having said that, the online indexes do make it possible to see records that would have been otherwise difficult to find.
There is a wealth of information available, however, that is not online and the benefit of using a professional service like ours is that we often know what kind of records can assist in finding information and we also know where to look for those records.
If you are interested in using our services we offer a free initial consultation of 20 minutes. Thereafter we make an hourly charge plus expenses which include the cost of certificates and travel. It can be difficult to estimate costs for a particular project but we recommend that initially that you commission us for 3-4 hours to see if we can help you. Doing research in stages can be beneficial as it can keep costs in check.
It is important to tell us what research you have done already so that we can put the new search in context. How easy it is to find the information you require depends on several variables including how common a surname is and whether the family stayed in one parish or moved around a lot. We provide a full report of the research we carry out for you – either in an e-mail for short projects or in a hard copy report with family trees for large projects.
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