Our Professional Genealogy Research and History Books, as Featured in the Local and National Media.


Heir Line regularly appear in the local and national press.  There are some examples below.

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.  It certainly highlights some of the most remarkable and surprisingly successful gadgets of the 19th century!

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Daily Mail Caroline Rochford

The Daily Mail Online, 1st November 2014

A feature all about Caroline Rochford's first book, Great Victorian Inventions.  This piece attracted lots of comments and excitement, and additionally was a number one best seller on Amazon.

The Daily Express, 16th April 2015.  

A feature about Caroline Rochford’s latest book, Great Victorian Discoveries.  Firstly, this article discusses the dog that could read; secondly how to keep warm at night by wearing newspapers; the invention of the 24-hour clock; the remedy for asthma, and finally many other bizarre and brilliant Victorian notions.

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Caroline Rochford Daily Mail

The Daily Mail Online, 1st May 2015.  

This article features a tongue-in-cheek look at another of Caroline Rochford's quirky history books, Great Victorian Discoveries.  The article discusses some of the most bizarre theories and noteworthy discoveries from the late 19th century.

The Yorkshire Post, 7th August 2014.  

A full page feature about the weird and wonderful Victorian inventions from 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 probably associate with the 20th century, but it was the Victorians who came up with these ideas first.

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Yorkshire Evening Post Caroline Rochford

Above: The Yorkshire Evening Post, 7th August 2014.  

What the Victorians did for us was astounding!  A double-page spread thus discusses 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 therefore featured in Heir Line’s first history book, Great Victorian Inventions.  It is written by Yorkshire author, Caroline Rochford.  She is seen on Leeds Bridge, where history was made in 1888 by Louis le Prince, the photographer who captured some of the earliest known moving images.

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The Yorkshire Post, 14th October 2011, by Sheron Boyle.  

The seafaring story about how Michael and Caroline Rochford thus became professional genealogists and hence set up Heir Line, after Michael's discovery of master mariners from Newton Hill and Knottingley in Caroline’s 19th century family history.

The Blackpool Gazette, April 2018.

Our friends at this local newspaper writing about 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 who duly went to prison.  Certainly a fascinating story.

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Part 2 of the saga charts bigamy, theft, lies and intrigue throughout  the family tree.  Finally it discusses 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.  A most noteworthy connection!

Teesdale Mercury Michael Rochford

The Teesdale Mercury, 9th January 2013. 

Heir Line’s family history research takes a surprisingly dark turn upon the discovery of a client’s ancestor who was perhaps a real-life Wackford Squeers!  Did he maye inspire Charles Dickens, when writing his novel, Nicholas Nickleby?


The story was also featured in The Northern Echo, on 2nd January 2013.

IrishCentral, 11th March 2015

This American/Irish news website's feature on Caroline Rochford’s amazing true story about a barefoot boy from Dublin who almost thwarted the Egyptian Revolution of 1952.  Certainly a popular story, it was thus shared via social media more than 4,000 times!

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Discover Your Ancestors | Darfield Flier | Michael J. Rochford

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.  Did you think the Tour De France was full of drama?  Our modern cyclists pale into insignificance compared to this cycling champion of the 19th century!  Unquestionably a pioneer of early track sport.

Family Tree Michael Rochford

Family Tree Magazine, Christmas 2014.  

An altogether 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.  Are there secret passageways, adjoining cellars underneath the old buildings, or conversely just a myth?

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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.  Published in the ‘What Women Want’ magazine feature.

Heir Line Tuam Herald

Above: The Tuam Herald, Wednesday 15th April 2015.  

Sheron Boyle writes about her family history.  She explains how Michael Rochford helped to uncover a fascinating story about her Irish grandmother who almost boarded the Titanic!