Professional Genealogy Company Researching Family Trees and Local History

Heir Line Ltd is run by an experienced, professional genealogist.  Along with a team of professional family history researchers, we conduct family tree research for clients across the world.  Heir Line has a proven track record and a reputation for being at the very top of the genealogy industry.


Be it local, national or international research, no family history project is too large or small for Michael Rochford, Heir Line’s young and talented professional genealogist.  He works closely with Caroline Rochford, who is also an experienced family history researcher and author.  With six published history books between them, and regular articles in genealogy magazines as well as the national press, there's no better company to undertake your family history project.


Whatever our clients' requirements ... from family history or probate research to a fantastic family tree gift ... we can help!

Family tree gifts and research by a professional genealogist

Clients with very specific genealogy or history research requirements can commission Heir Line on an hourly basis, at £24 per hour.  Alternatively, we offer fantastic, thorough family tree packages.  Our research packages make ideal gifts for loved ones, and are perfect for when clients are starting their family history from scratch.

Family Tree Research Packages, by a Professional Genealogist

Making a Present of Your Past


To discover your family history in fascinating detail, order one of our four superb research packages, undertaken by a professional genealogist.  There’s one to suit every requirement.  At the end of the project clients receive a fantastic family history report, full of detail and easy-to-read family trees, which bring their ancestors' stories to life.


Only 25% of the package price is required in order for us to begin the genealogy work, with the remaining balance payable in instalments as the family history project progresses.  We can ship anywhere in the world.  (Postage and package charges apply.)

Professional family history research by a professional genealogist

Package 1: £225

Your direct ancestry will be traced back through ONE grandparent.  Up to eight surname lines in your family tree will be traced by a professional genealogist.

Package 2: £450

Your direct ancestry will be traced back through TWO grandparents.  Up to 16 surname lines in your family tree will be traced by a professional family history researcher.

Package 3: £675

Your direct ancestry will be traced back through THREE grandparents.  Up to 24 surname lines in your family tree will be traced by a professional genealogist.

Package 4: £900

This is our most popular and comprehensive genealogy product.  Your entire genealogy will be traced through all FOUR grandparents.  Up to 32 surname lines in your family tree will be traced by a professional family history researcher.

Family tree research by a professional genealogist

Our aim for each package is to trace direct ancestors (plus information about their siblings) back to the generation of your great-great-great grandparents.  The professional genealogist working on your family history will let you know if there is scope to continue tracing your family tree further back in time, once the research is complete.  Any further work to trace additional lines in your family tree is optional, and is therefore charged by the hour.


Our professional genealogist will provide detailed and comprehensive information about your direct ancestors.  This includes when and where they were born and baptised; where they lived; when they married; when they died; where they are buried; and what they did for a living.  We use a vast amount of primary sources (rather than just census records, or other people's family trees) to discover as much about your family history as possible.


Our findings will be displayed in a beautiful Family History folder, included in the package price.  Alternatively, for an additional £195, the folder can be upgraded to a hand-bound Storybook, complete with pull-out A3 family trees.


Personalised copies of the genealogy reports are available to purchase for other family members.  These make ideal and unique family history gifts that last a lifetime.


Sometimes birth, marriage or death certificates are required in order for the professional genealogist to pursue certain lines in your family tree.  These are charged separately, and will be provided along with your family history report at the end of the project.  There may also be the option to purchase additional historical documents, such as wills, ordnance survey maps or property deeds.

Family history research folders

Hourly Family Tree Research and Bespoke Family History Reports - by a Professional Genealogist


Clients who need assistance with very specific areas of their family history research can opt for our hourly service, undertaken by a professional genealogist.  Perhaps there is an old family legend you would like to investigate.  Maybe you live in an old property and would like to know the history of your house.  Whether you’re a hobbyist genealogist researching your own family tree, or a professional family historian working for your own clients, Heir Line can help with any aspect of your work.


Our professional genealogists have access to millions of genealogical records from across the globe and have the skills to interpret them. We also have an exceptional track record for successfully knocking down those irritating “brick walls” that so many people encounter as part of their family history research.


Clients can commission our family history research services in blocks of three, five or ten hours at a time, at £24 per hour.  This enables them to control their budget.  At the end of each block we provide a thorough, narrative report outlining our findings, complete with family tree diagrams.


Because Heir Line’s professional genealogists are published history writers, you can be sure that all of our genealogy reports are of the highest quality.  


At the end of the family history project, we will highlight further areas of research that could be explored in the future, and we keep all research on file should our clients wish to return to it at a later date.


Some clients use their blocks of hours to send us to places of interest.  Whilst we work with clients all around the world, we are situated close to the West Yorkshire Archive Service as well as the Borthwick Institute at York University, North Yorkshire.  We travel all over the Yorkshire region, and sometimes beyond, to find and photograph headstones.  We have even found the houses, streets and buildings where clients' ancestors lived and worked.  

Old Document Transcription Services


Do you have difficulty reading old English writing?  Our head professional genealogist has many years' experience of reading and transcribing old documents, including:


Medieval / Tudor / Elizabethan wills

Jacobean subsidies

14th century poll tax records

16th century subsidy rolls

Georgian and Victorian wills and inventories

Early manoral records and court rolls


Our old document transcription service is charged by the hour, at £24 per hour.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss your history requirements.

Professional genealogist offering old document transcription services

Above: examples of the types of handwriting we are regularly commissioned to transcribe in full.  Don't know what they say?  Don't worry - we do!