Family History Research
Many people are choosing to research their own family history, but may not have enough time to devote to this very interesting area of study. My services can help you, and I can undertake family history cases of various sizes. If you have already worked on your family tree, I can try to extend it, or alternatively your pedigree can be researched afresh.
You can specify which historical periods, branches of the family, or even individuals you wish to know more about, and I will be able to give advice on the most productive lines of enquiry.
Beginning with the information which can be provided from your own family – either documents, certificates, or recollections by relatives – I will then investigate records of birth, marriage, and death, to discover the outline of your ancestors’ lives, before investigating more about their lives as individuals: where they lived, what jobs they did, and what their role in society was.
Regular reports will be posted – or emailed at your request – to you to inform you of the progress of the research. It must be stressed that progress in uncovering your family’s history is conditional upon the survival of necessary documents, but in most cases improvement can be made on at least one branch of your family.
Once the research has been completed, I can then produce a family tree, including a variety of information about your ancestors. I am also able, for an additional fee, to write up your family history as a narrative with appropriate illustrations and binding. This is an excellent way of preserving your family’s story for posterity, and would make an ideal birthday or Christmas present.An example of a Goldsmith Genealogy family tree chart
As well as full family histories, I am equally happy to find out particular items of information in order to help you fill any gaps in your family’s story. A wide variety of documents are available, including:
- Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates
- Census entries
- Records of Baptism, Marriage, and Burial in Parish Registers
Many other sources can be consulted, so please get in touch by email if there is a particular area you are interested in. In each case a copy of the relevant source will be provided, as well as a typed transcription (where appropriate).
House and Property History
Like every family, every house has a story to tell, which I can help you to reveal by looking at the architectural history of the house and a variety of historical documents in which your property is mentioned. Once this has been pieced together, I can then produce a history of your house, telling you about who lived there, and what the building was used for at particular periods of history. If you know someone who has bought a new house, commissioning a history of it would make a unique house-warming gift.
Equally, if your business has recently occupied a property of significant architectural or historical merit, you may wish to have a report made on its heritage, which can then be employed to attract new custom to your company.
To arrange a consultation, or to find out more about this service, please contact me by email.
- £500 Comprensive House History
Most people have wondered at some time about the origins of their surname. Some come from an ancestor's occupation, others from a geographical area; some even derive from nicknames. While looking at the origins of a surname will not directly help with your family history research, it may give a useful indication of the part of the country your ancestors came from. The profile, which will be individually researched, will contain information about the earliest uses of the name, how commonly it occurs, and what regions it is associated with. This service is offered at a flat rate of £40.
To find out more about these services, please contact me by email.
Transcription and Translation
If you have any documents which you are unable to read, I am able to undertake transcriptions of English sources, and translations of Latin ones. This service is offered for manuscripts from the Middle Ages up to the present. All that is required is an image or photocopy of sufficient clarity. The cost for this will be dependent on the length and complication of the document.
For more information, please contact me by e-mail.