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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.


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Alex Orton. Ian Buckingham and Gill Blanchard


Your history, your story

Leather Bound BookThe story of your family, the area you live in or the house you call home has a unique personal significance, I can present this information in a variety of in-depth and accessible formats.

The traditional family tree chart is still important, but it only captures the structure of a family. To give an impression of life over the generations and highlight significant events I offer written histories of families, buildings and places.

These take the form of personal research written up as a book or other presentation materials. All of these can include photos, illustrations and diagrams to embellish the narrative history contained in the text. Previous custom illustrations have included representations of what a house looked like centuries ago, coats of arms and illuminated letters.

Family Tree BookPersonalised Presentation Packs and Folders

A popular option is a personalised presentation pack, either spiral bound or in a folder, and tailored to your requirements. These include a summary report of the research undertaken; a family tree (if a client needs one compiling); relevant local and social history material, a timeline of family, local and national history events, copies of documents and, if required, photographs of locations (houses, churches, gravestones, etc), all attractively presented as a keepsake.

Your Family History Biography

If you would like the story of your family written in the form of a book I can produce a bespoke history incorporating the research undertaken. This always includes relevant social and local history context relating tothe family and the places they were born and lived in, as well as integrating relevant Illuminated Manuscriptdocuments and photographs into the text. It also includes the compilation of a family tree to accompany the book. These are produced by specialist family tree printers Maxball.

Every written history is printed in full colour and bound in a hard back cover. A summary research report, a list of sources and bibliography allow you to see where the information has come from.

Every family history is individual and the cost varies according to the number of lines followed, research undertaken and the amount of historical background that needs to be included.

The cost of having research presented as printed material is worked out on an individual basis due to the highly specialised nature of the work.

Example Book Cover

Example book cover design


Comments from some of my clients

Thank you very much for doing such a wonderful Abbott family history for me, It is better than I could ever have imagined. I’m sure they will become cherished possessions and will be handed down to further generations as the family continues to grow.

Phil Abbott, Egypt

I commissioned Gill to research my family history as a present for parents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary producing a wonderful book, packed full of information. She is tireless in her pursuit of the greatest amount of details and offers a very personal and helpful service. I would thoroughly recommend Past Search – don’t bother to look elsewhere; I don’t think that there are any competitors!

Shirley Best, Huntingdonshire

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