Services

Family History

You may have collected a lot of family history information over the years, or know almost nothing about your ancestors. In either case it is perfectly possible to trace your family line, even if your starting point is your own birth certificate.

All research will be carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible. A small search can normally be carried out within a week. More involved research will take longer, especially if it is necessary to wait for certificates or other records. However, you will be kept informed of progress and advised if there is likely to be a delay for any reason.

House History

Your interest in your home’s history might have been whetted by the discovery of an old photograph or letter, or perhaps by a long lost object, uncovered whilst doing some renovations, making you think about the people who lived in your home in the past.

Whether you have recently moved into your home, or your family have lived in the same place for many years, you will find it fascinating to find out more about the history of your house, and the people who lived there.

It is normally possible to find a huge amount of detail about a house, using records such as maps, directories, newspapers, electoral registers, census returns and many other records.

Probate

What is probate genealogy?

In England and Wales there are often problems settling the estate of a deceased person. On many occasions the person has died intestate (in other words a will has not been made) and it is necessary to try and find living relatives that may have a claim on the estate. At other times the person may have left a will, but it can be difficult tracking down the beneficiaries. This is where the probate genealogist comes in; Genus Ancestral Research has the skills and knowledge to quickly build up a family tree, and find which living relatives are eligible to claim a share in the estate under the Administration of Estates Act 1925.

If a person has died without leaving a will and no beneficiaries can be found then the entire estate, including any property, savings or other investments will be passed to the Crown. However, probate genealogists will try and find entitled relatives and put in a claim on their behalf.