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Past Search

Suite 14
Meadow View House
191 Queens Road

+44 (0)1603 610619

I charge £28 Sterling per hour for research. Costs of other services are detailed throughout this site. Please click here to contact me for more details.


PaypalI now produce an e-mail Newsletter. It goes out every couple of months and contains details of forthcoming events, recommended books and websites, tips and a "this month in history section". If you would like to receive a copy please email me at:

Site created by:
Alex Orton. Ian Buckingham and Gill Blanchard


Meet the Past Search team

About Gill Blanchard and Past Search

Lauren Orton, Btec in Fine Art

Lauren has been working part time for me for 11 years. She is responsible for keeping my office in some semblance of order, conducts research and has a real talent for reading and interpreting maps. One of Lauren's biggest contributions is through her creative talents. She designed my logo, has produced artwork and designed, written and produced promotional materials for me and clients. Lauren started taking over the layout and production of the family and house history books and presentation packs I create for clients last year and has done a fantastic job.

Cáitlin Blanchard

Some might think it's a mistake to work with family, but my daughter has also played a big part in my business since her teens. Like all my assistants she has had to multi-task and can count office administration and research assistance amongst her roles. Her career path has taken her into retail and she is currently in charge of my social media marketing.

Alex Orton, BA (Hons)

Journalism graduate, and brother to Lauren, Alex has notched up around 10 years of part time work for me from filing; database creation and entry; market research and research assistance. Alex now lives in London pursuing a career in journalism, but continues to manage my website and produce my newsletters. Without him there would be no pretty pictures or layout on my newsletter.

Check out the changes and new additions he has recently made to my website. These include past copies of my newsletter and a photo gallery of places across East Anglia I have visited over the years. This will be added to on a regular basis, so you never know, you might find a photo on there of a place you are interested in.

Ian Buckingham, MBA

Ian was an IT pioneer, working in the industry since the late 1970s and encouraged the company he worked for to be one of the first in the UK to use the internet. A project manager and network specialist Ian can turn his hand to anything computer related from building and installation to trouble shooting.

A keen amateur genealogist whose interest in family history began in the 1970s Ian has over the years assisted me with many research projects and has a particular love for maps. He has been responsible for book layout and production for many clients; website design, SEO and technical assistance as well as marketing and business development. Although health problems have meant Ian has retired from his main work and taken more of a back seat in mine over the last couple of years, his business skills and analysis still prove invaluable.


I continue to use a network of established professional researchers for work I and my own team cannot provide. In order to maintain the highest standards for my clients I only work with people who have either undergone extensive training, study and ongoing professional development, or built up a research practice over time through in-depth personal research combined with activities such as transcription projects for family history societies and similar organisations.