Research

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 package or option selected matches your aims.

If you need help with a “brick wall” the approach will be to review the information you have already discovered and clarify what you require help with.

It is important to provide as much information as you canDairy.

Check family documents for names, dates and places. Also look at other sources, family bibles, frontispieces of books, 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 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.

Quotation

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 between us 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 report with a full explanation of what the records have revealed about your ancestors. You will also receive a printed family tree. Other reports are available depending on the package selected.

Sources

Since 1855 all births, marriages and deaths have been recorded giving rich 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 is other material which can be consulted including newspapers, journals, archival holdings and more specialised publications.

 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.