Discover the true story of your ancestors

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Two large scrolls with family trees printed on them, one on white papaer and one on parchmant

Two of our family tree charts

Family history research is so interesting that we would encourage everyone to carry out their own research, but we realise that not everybody has the time, inclination, or resources to do this and that ‘s where we come in. We liken this business to that of running a restaurant inasmuch as you could cook a meal at home but it is quite nice to have it done for you by an experienced chef.

At Family Detective we carry out ancestry research on your behalf and uncover the secrets of your family’s past – not just names and dates, but the true stories about individuals and families; what they did, where they lived and how they spent their daily lives.

Couple sitting on garden bench looking at their family history folders
 The past comes to life for two recent recipients of our presentations

Once we have discussed your requirements with you our researchers begin their investigations. We perform an in-depth ancestor search by examining birth, marriage and death certificates, census records, genealogy lists, electoral rolls and many other sources to look in detail at your family. Relevant dates, children, occupations, addresses and places of interest will be included in a comprehensive presentation folder in the form of a full genealogical report using plain English. We include your surname origins and meanings, a kinship report, mini tree charts throughout and a relevant coat of arms if your ancestors had one. Our fundamental aim is to answer the all-important question; “Who were my ancestors?”

There is no charge for our initial consultation and there’s no high-pressure selling. Once we have ensured that your family line is traceable, and made sure that we understand your requirements, we ask for a deposit. The balance is payable once our research work is complete.

Comparison of packages on offer

Approximate length of genealogical report20-30 pages30-60 pages60-100 pages
Time spent on research and summary15 hours30 hours60 hours
Time spent on documentation and presentation15 hours30 hours60 hours
Total price including deposit£400£700£1300
Deposit required in advance£200£350£650
Number of lines going back approximately 200 years if possibleONE
For example, your father's family line
For example, your mother and father's family lines
For example, all four of your grandpreants' lines
Family tree chart includedA3 size on white paper 80gsmAll inclusive large poster on heavy white paper 120gsmLarge poster on heavy white paper PLUS ancestry chart on parchment
Silver PackageGold PackagePlatinum Package
Certificates and census pages includedYesYesYes
Presentation folderYes YesYes

How does it work?

A typical project, from first enquiry to finished presentation, usually takes about three months or a little longer during busy periods. After you pay your deposit the research is carried out during the first few weeks, then we send you a detailed summary of our findings. Living family members can be added to your tree at this stage, or earlier. Once the balance is paid, the full presentation is prepared, formatted, printed and posted. If you need to work to a tighter time schedule, please get in touch and we will discuss whether we can help you within your timeframe.

Couple on sofa laughing at something they're reading in their family history folder
 Some revelations about your ancestors can be surprising


Everything needed to tell the story of your ancestors is included in your presentation but should you simply wish to order a birth, marriage or death certificate, these cost £22 each. We can also do custom projects for which we charge £20 per hour, minimum ten hours. Additional printed and digital copies of your presentation are available, and extra family tree charts may also be purchased. These vary in price depending on their size.

Who are we?

Family detective began in 2008 with the intention of providing the kind of service that we would be happy to receive, and that is still our goal. We are a small team of enthusiastic researchers who treat every project as though we were doing it for ourselves. We always aim for excellence in research and presentation standards.

Sarah La Nauze is in the office most of the time. We hope that our dedication to this work is reflected in the quality of each presentation.

Gift vouchers

Gift vouchers are available to the value of any of the above packages with the full amount payable in advance. They make wonderful presents for birthdays, anniversaries, valentine’s day etc and have been received warmly by many of our clients. The vouchers need to be redeemed within a year of the date of purchase, so there is plenty of time to use them but please bear this in mind when ordering.