About Us


We are a mother and daughter partnership who research family trees for a living.

Our first forays into the world of family history began when we started to research our own family trees back in 1985/86; between us we have combined experience of 54 years! We are still as enthusiastic as ever about ancestry and family history and working on your family tree means that your ancestors and surnames become as important to us as our own.

We believe in very high standards, we have been taught well – see below. All family trees and family histories researched by us are verified through evidence and documentation. All work is original and comes with a genealogy research guarantee which means that wherever possible proof of ancestry is provided and our work is of the highest quality.

Please read our legitimate Testimonials for an illustration of our customer satisfaction.

Writing report notesThe Mother
First job was as a confectioner; she no longer makes cakes, but she still eats them (too many of them she would say)!
After leaving behind cakemaking she worked for a local government library service and then onto management and enquiry work within the library service, learning genealogy through reference techniques and helping customers in the Family History Centre. She began researching her family tree in 1986 and can now trace her ancestry back to the early 1600s.

The GenealogistThe Daughter
Studied at the IHGS. She also learnt genealogical methods through reference library based work, learning about access to resources, databases and bibliographies. She is a trained cataloguer and has organised access to materials and data heirarchies for libraries. She has taken courses in genealogy and social history and is currently writing a niche genealogy guide to assist family historians with their research. She is the founder of 'Family History Gifts' and the director of three other high profile family tree based websites.
She is not concerned with how far back she can trace her ancestry, but learning about who her ancestors were.


Personal Development
This new section will list current personal development courses and lectures we have attended or are currently undertaking:
PG Cert, Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies, University of Strathclyde – "impressive… submission, research work and your web page"
The myth of brick walls and bulletproofing your research – lecture, Dr Ian Macdonald


Association of Professional GenealogistsWe are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists.



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Family History Gifts in the press: Genealogy Gift Experiences on Ask.com