Family Tree Research by a Professional Genealogy Company

Family History Research Company Heir Line Ltd is run by Michael J. Rochford, an experienced, professional genealogist and author of several published history books.  We offer bespoke ancestry research starting from £72 and in-depth family tree packages from £225.


Heir Line Ltd, the professional family history company provides family tree research for clients across the world.  We have a proven track record and a reputation for being at the very top of the genealogy industry.  Search for us on Google to read our 5-star reviews from clients who have loved using our services.


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.  Michael works closely with Caroline Rochford, who is also an experienced family history researcher and author.  With six published history books between them, and several articles contributed to genealogy magazines as well as the national press, there's certainly no better company to undertake your family history project.


Whatever our clients' requirements ... from family history packages or fantastic family tree gifts ... we can certainly help!

Family tree gifts and research by a professional genealogist

If you've already undertaken research and need help with a specific area of your family history you can commission Heir Line on an hourly basis, at £24 per hour.  Additionally, we offer fantastic, thorough family tree packages.  Our research packages make ideal gifts for loved ones, and are perfect for clients who 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, why not 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, packed full of detail and easy-to-read family trees, which bring their ancestors' stories to life.


There's a package for every budget and we can ship anywhere in the world.  (Postage and package charges apply.)

Professional family history research by a professional genealogist

Heir Line's Family Tree Research Packages

Package 1: £225

We will trace your direct ancestry back through ONE grandparent.  Our professional genealogist will trace your family tree as far back as eight surname lines.

Package 2: £450

We will trace your direct ancestry back through TWO grandparents. Our professional genealogist will trace your family tree as far back as sixteen surname lines.

Package 3: £675

We will trace your direct ancestry back through THREE grandparents. Our professional genealogist will trace your family tree as far back as twenty-four surname lines.

Package 4: £900

This is our most popular and comprehensive genealogy product.  We will trace your entire genealogy back through all FOUR grandparents.  With this package our professional genealogist will trace your family tree as far back as thirty-two surname lines.

Family tree research by a professional genealogist

Our objectives...


With each package we aim to trace your direct ancestors back to the generation of your great-great-great grandparents.  We 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 commissioned to trace additional lines in your family tree is optional, and is therefore charged by the hour.


Michael Rochford, our professional genealogist, will provide a report containing detailed and comprehensive information about your direct ancestors.  This includes when and where they were born and baptised, married and buried; where they lived and what they did for a living.  We use a vast amount of primary sources so we can discover as much about your family history as possible.


We display our findings in a beautiful Family History folder, which is included in the package price.  The folder can be upgraded to a hand-bound Storybook, complete with pull-out A3 family trees, for an additional £195.


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.


Occasionally birth, marriage or death certificates are required in order for us to pursue certain lines in your family tree.  Copies of these will be provided along with your family history report at the end of the project.  There will 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.  Perhaps there is an old family legend you would like to investigate to find out the truth behind the story.  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.


We 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.


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


After the package...


Because we keep all research on file clients can commission further work if desired, extending chosen lines.  Sometimes these can be traced back many generations.


Sometimes clients commission further blocks of hours to send us to places of interest we've discovered during our research.  Because we are close to the motorway network we can travel all over the Yorkshire region, and beyond, to find and photograph headstones.  We have even found the houses, streets and buildings where clients' ancestors lived and worked.  Our office is close to the West Yorkshire Archive Service, as well as the Borthwick Institute at York University, and other Yorkshire record offices which we can visit to consult specific source material.

Old Document Transcription Services


Reading old handwriting can be difficult.  Michael Rochford, our professional genealogist has many years' experience of reading and transcribing old documents, and can therefore undertake work to transcribe:


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


We charge £24 per hour for our old document transcription service.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss your history requirements.

Professional genealogist offering old document transcription services

Here are some examples of the documents we transcribe.  Don't know what they say?  Don't worry - we do!  We look forward to hearing you and helping with your research.