Our Professional Genealogy Research and History Books, as Featured in the Local and National Media.
The Daily Express, 28th August 2014. From straw shoes to the floating hospital, this full-page feature takes a look at Heir Line’s first history book, Great Victorian Inventions, highlighting some of the most remarkable and surprisingly successful gadgets of the 19th century.
The Daily Mail Online, 1st November 2014. Caroline Rochford's Great Victorian Inventions, as featured in the press. Spectacles for horses, bicycle railways and a steam powered man are among some of the Great Victorian Inventions featured in this illustrated review.
The Daily Express, 16th April 2015. Caroline Rochford’s latest book, Great Victorian Discoveries. The article discusses the dog that could read; how to keep warm at night by wearing newspapers; the invention of the 24-hour clock; the remedy for asthma, and may other bizarre and brilliant Victorian notions.
The Daily Mail Online, 1st May 2015. A tongue-in-cheek feature about Caroline Rochford's quirky history book, Great Victorian Discoveries. From "life" on Mars to the unearthing of the mysterious Nampa Figurine, the article discusses some of the most bizarre theories and discoveries from the late 19th century.
The Yorkshire Post, 7th August 2014. A full page feature about the weird and wonderful Victorian inventions showcased in Yorkshire author Caroline Rochford’s first non-fiction history book, “Great Victorian Inventions: Novel Contrivances & Industrial Revolutions”. Fax machines, wireless technology and solar panels are all things we associate with the 20th century, but, as will be discovered in this entertaining and quirky new title, it was the Victorians who came up with these ideas first.
Above: The Yorkshire Evening Post, 7th August 2014. What the Victorians did for us was astounding! A double-page spread about the horse spectacles, astronomy tools, and Italian climate inhalers (designed to improve one’s singing voice) that were dreamed up by the imaginative Victorians. These and many more astonishing technological revelations are featured in Heir Line’s first history book, Great Victorian Inventions. It was written by Yorkshire author, Caroline Rochford (pictured on Leeds Bridge, where history was made in 1888 by Louis le Prince, the photographer who captured some of the earliest known moving images).
The Yorkshire Post, 14th October 2011, by Sheron Boyle. The seafaring story about how Michael and Caroline Rochford became professional genealogists and set up Heir Line, after Michael discovered master mariners from Newton Hill and Knottingley in Caroline’s 19th century family history.
The Blackpool Gazette picked up on Michael J. Rochford's celebrity genealogy series in Discover Your Ancestors magazine, about the amazing history of TV star Jenna Coleman. Part 1 of the story tells how some of her ancestors were local heroes, saving lives with the Blackpool lifeboat crews, whilst others were bumbling criminals.
Part 2 of the saga charts bigamy, theft, lies and intrigue throughout the family tree. It concludes with Jenna's ancestor, Owen Williams, the butler of Sir Robert Peel's uncle. Peel, famous for establishing the Metropolitan Police in 1829, is, of course, a major character in ITV’s Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman.
The Teesdale Mercury, 9th January 2013. Heir Line’s family history research took a surprising turn when they discovered a client’s ancestor who was perhaps a real-life Wackford Squeers! Could he have inspired Charles Dickens, when writing his novel, Nicholas Nickleby?
IrishCentral, 11th March 2015. Caroline Rochford’s amazing true story about a barefoot boy from Dublin who almost thwarted the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 was featured on this American/Irish news website, and was shared via social media more than 4,000 times!
Above: Discover Your Ancestors, January 2015. Michael J. Rochford writes about one of his client’s fascinating ancestors, known to history as The Darfield Flier. Thought the Tour De France was full of drama, and the Tour De Yorkshire was action packed? Our modern cyclists pale into insignificance compared to this cycling champion of the 19th century!
Family Tree Magazine, Christmas 2014. A fascinating and in-depth article by family historian Michael Rochford about how the Victorian enumerators compiled the census of 1881.
The Wakefield Express, Friday 18th November 2011. Heir Line’s historian, Michael J. Rochford, discovered evidence that forgotten medieval subterranean tunnels once existed far below the historic streets of Wakefield. The tunnels were supposed to have linked Sandal Castle to the chantry chapel on Kirkgate Bridge, which smugglers took valuable statues through during the reign of King Henry VIII. But are they secret passageways, adjoining cellars underneath the old buildings, or just a myth?
‘What Women Want’ magazine feature in The Wakefield Express, Friday 25th November 2011. A story about the birth of Heir Line when Michael and Caroline Rochford began researching Caroline's own family tree.
Above: An article from the Tuam Herald, Wednesday 15th April 2015. Sheron Boyle writes about her family history, explaining how Michael Rochford helped her to uncover a fascinating story about her Irish grandmother - who almost boarded the Titanic!