Prices

Family History Research Package Prices

Family History Package

Birdie Package – £180

Eagle Package – £275

Bespoke Albatross Package – Price on Application

Hourly Research £24/hour

Gift Vouchers

One to One Tuition – £24/hour

Additional Charges, Deposit, Payment

If you have any questions or would like further details please contact us to discuss your requirements.

For further information on how the research process works and what you can expect to receive please see the Research page for more details .

Birdie

Birdie Package  £180

This is a competitively priced package ideal to provide an introduction to your family history.

Using information from birth, marriage, death and census records this follows a single line of your family from a starting point in the twentieth century back 4 generations to the mid-1800s.  You can choose which direct line to trace, click here for examples of research lines.

The report will include:

Name of each direct ancestor and their spouse.

Where and when they were born, married and died. Additionally any other information recorded at each event for example the form of the marriage service, occupations of those involved and the cause of death.

Where they were living when the decennial censuses were recorded, what their occupations were, or if they were in education.  This may also identify any other family members living at the same address.  The name of each spouse’s mother and father will also be included.

A full transcription of all birth, marriage, death and census information will be included.  If you require an officially certified copy of a register entry these can be provided at cost (currently £12 each).

You will also receive a printed family tree and a copy on DVD or memory stick.

Eagle

Eagle Package £275

This package gives you the opportunity to discover more about two lines of your family. By looking at both sides of a family you will gain a richer picture of your history, a comparison of the families you are descended from that may even provide clues to how your ancestors met.

You can choose which two direct lines to trace, click here for examples of research lines.

The report will include:

Name of each direct ancestor and their spouse.

Where and when they were born, married and died. Additionally any other information recorded at each event for example the form of the marriage service, occupations of those involved and the cause of death.

Where they were living when the decennial censuses were recorded, what their occupations were, or if they were in education.  This may also identify any other family members living at the same address. The name of each spouse’s mother and father will also be included.

You will also receive a printed family tree and a copy on DVD or memory stick.  

The Birdie and Eagle packages do not specifically include research into siblings.  However, any names that are uncovered during the research e.g. brothers or sisters living at the same address as your direct ancestors when the census was recorded will be included for your information.

If you are keen to discover information on brothers and sisters for a specific generation this can be added to these packages.  Click here for an example of Birdie or Eagle Package plus.

Albatross

Albatross Bespoke Package – contact us for a quotation

If you are interested in a more detailed study of your ancestors we can create a customised package that sets your family history within a local and historical context.  This can include considering how events such as wars or economic factors impacted on their lives.

A bespoke package allows you to focus the research on the aspects of your ancestors’ lives that interest you the most e.g. where they worked, did they own property or did they play an important part in the local community?  Not all stories will be of success, perhaps the local economy resulted in periods in the poor house or your ancestors chose emigration to seek better opportunities overseas.  By exploring a wider range of sources the history becomes so much more than just names and dates.

The report can include the

Names for each direct ancestor and their spouse and where and when they were born.

Where and when they were married, who performed the ceremony and who witnessed the service.

Where and when they died, what the cause of death was and who had reported the death. If they left a will, who were the beneficiaries and what happened to their land or possessions.

Where they were living when the decennial censuses were recorded, what their occupations were, or if they were in education.  This may also identify any other family members living at the same address.

Location details will include, where relevant, map extracts or details of the houses, streets or villages.

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Occupations will be explained within the context of the period and more unusual terms that may no longer be in use or were very specific to an industry explained. If your ancestor ran their own business various resources will be checked for details of business location and other pertinent details.

Other information that may be included are details of  further education, military service, positions held in local society and reports in newspapers, journals or other publications.

Volunteers

The content will of course vary greatly for each commission but there are always stories to be found regardless of status or location of the family being researched.

As each story is individual please contact us by email  merle@yourscotspast.co.uk or by telephoning 01821 650447 to discuss your requirements.

If for any reason a line cannot be traced as far back as stated in the package I shall offer a refund for the balance of unused research time.  Alternatively you may choose to put the remaining funds towards an alternative branch of your tree.

The above package prices include entry fees to ScotlandPeople Centre.

Other Research

Hourly Research £24/hour (minimum 2 hours research)

Research undertaken at a fixed hourly rate, usually within an agreed budget that can be reviewed as the research progresses.

This is ideal for document transcriptions e.g. a will or deed relating to inheritance, land or business transactions; interpretation of a document; locating a specific record in a local archive or if you have hit a brick wall and would like your research reviewed to help move on to the next stage.

Gift Vouchers

The ideal gift

Commissioning research for friends or family can be difficult if you can’t access information or you are unsure which ancestor they would like researched.  Gift Vouchers allow the recipient to decide the direction of the research and are a great last minute gift idea.

Gift vouchers can be purchased for a Birdie or Eagle Research package or in any denomination of your choice (minimum order £50).

All vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

To order a gift voucher or if you would like further details please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Tuition

One to One Tuition from £24/hour depending on location.

Designed to get you started or help you progress your own research,  tuition will be customised to your specific requirements and undertaken at your own pace.  It is easier to do this in your own home so you can access any information you may have.

Tuition can cover where to find records, how to interpret the information found, how to record it and what to do when you hit a “brick wall”. You will need a computer with an Internet connection to get the best from these sessions.

Additional Charges, deposit and payment

Additional Charges

Please note there may be additional charges if certificates need to be ordered for a birth, marriage or death that took place outside of Scotland.  Any such charges will be discussed and agreed with you before purchases are made.

Other charges may include mileage if travel is required to access specialised records; copies of certificates and other documents at cost; bespoke presentation formats and any other costs specific to the project. All these will be fully discussed and agreed with you before proceeding.

Deposit

A deposit is payable before commencement of work, this will vary depending on the package selected.

Payment

Payment can be made by Sterling cheque, bank transfer or by credit/debit card via PayPal (I shall email you an invoice with link and payment instructions).

There will be no additional charges for using Paypal.

Please click here to download our full Terms and Conditions.

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