Free Initial Consultation

Collection of letters, bills and photographs from Ceres, near Cupar, FifeThe first step is to determine what you want to achieve and to make sure the option selected is the best one to achieve your aims. Fixed price packages are available but we also offer the flexibility of enhancing these packages to meet your individual requirements.

If you need help with a “brick wall” the approach will be to review the information you have already discovered and identify the services we can offer to help you take your research to the next stage.

It is helpful and avoids duplication of work already completed if you can provide as much initial information as possible.

Check family documents for names, dates and places. Also look at other sources, family bibles, information on medals (WW1 or earlier), photographs, newspaper cuttings and any other heirlooms that might provide some clues.

If you have any elderly relatives they can often not only provide facts but also anecdotal details that can be investigated and may complement your family story.

However, in most cases research can be undertaken with the very minimum of information so a lack of detail need not be a problem.


With the aims identified an initial search will be made to assess the viability of the project. You can be assured of an honest approach, if at the outset it is apparent that success is unlikely, then we can discuss the options and what research can realistically achieve.

You will receive a written quotation detailing what has been discussed and confirming costs and timescale. 

If you prefer to set a budget then work can be undertaken based on an hourly rate, the quotation will estimate what can be achieved for the agreed amount. 

The Research Process

Once you have accepted the quotation the research will begin. You can choose to have regular updates and of course if any unexpected information is uncovered you will be advised giving you the opportunity to change the direction of research or to focus on a specific person or branch.

All packages will include a detailed report with a full explanation of what the records have revealed about your ancestors. Rather than use computer generated information each report will be individually written to tell your unique family history.  You will also receive a printed family tree.


This will vary depending on the package selected but most Birdie or Eagle packages can be completed within 2-4 weeks.  If you have any specific deadlines (for example if the research is for a gift) we can discuss this at the quotation stage.


Since 1855 all births, marriages and deaths have been recorded giving fuller details of names, places and dates.  Earlier records are more sporadic and survival rates will depend on which parish your ancestors lived in.

Fortunately there are other sources which can be consulted including burial records, Kirk session records, non-conformist records, registers of deeds, registers of sasines, wills, valuation rolls, newspapers, and other archival materials.

 For specific details on what you can expect from each package please click here Research Packages.

If you would like any further details please contact me to discuss your requirements.