Heir Line has an exceptional track record of locating missing people.  Recently we reunited a family with their long lost sister who they had not seen for over 30 years, and an American gentleman with his grown-up English daughter, who he'd lost contact with when she was a child.  

We have also had remarkable success with locating birth families for adopted people, and we recently traced the whereabouts of a client’s birth mother who was alive and well at 104 years old!

Heir Line is a professional, thorough and experienced family-run business with a growing reputation across the globe for being at the top of their profession.

Michael and Caroline Rochford are a young, enthusiastic and highly skilled team with exceptional IT skills, allowing them to find and interpret a wide range of records quickly and easily.  With access to millions of genealogical records from across the globe, they have tracked down countless individuals and knocked down hundreds of annoying “brick walls” that had cropped up in their clients’ research.  

We work in blocks of three, five or ten hours depending on your project.  At the end of each block we provide you with a full and detailed report, outlining our findings.  You are then welcome to commission further blocks of research, if necessary.  



People often contact Heir Line because they wish to trace people who they have lost touch with, such as long lost family members or friends.  We may even be able to help to trace birth relatives for people who have been adopted, so long as a little bit of information is known to help get us started.  

In addition, we work for legal professionals who wish to make contact with people regarding cases of probate, intestate estates, or other legal matters.  We offer an address look-up service to anybody wishing to locate an elusive person, and since 2009 we have worked closely with professional organisations such as GM Wilson Solicitors in Wakefield, and London-based Finlays Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Ltd.


We were contacted by a gentleman in Indiana, USA, who lost touch with his daughter when she was very young, and wished to make contact.  He initially hired a firm of solicitors who spent many months searching, but with no luck.  

However, after he contacted Heir Line, our genealogists swiftly tracked down his daughter and were able to put them in touch with each other.  In summer 2016 the gentleman travelled to the south of England, where he was reunited with his daughter and also had the great pleasure of meeting - for the very first time - his granddaughter and son-in-law.

Here is the lovely email we received from the gentleman some weeks later:

"After 17 days, my wife and I returned from England where we were reunited with my daughter, son-in-law and a wonderful granddaughter.  It was simply a marvelous reunion with many tears, hugs and kisses. As you remember, I had not seen my daughter in over 30 years and I had never met my granddaughter or my son-in-law.  Without your assistance the reunion may (probably never) have not occured.

"[My family were] very impressed with your introductory letter as several time they commented on how well it was written.

"Thank you so much for making the reunion possible.

Someday I hope to thank you in person as you made it possible for me to reunite with my daughter who I love very much and who has filled my heart with great joy. I cannot begin to express my deep gratitude to you.

"I will end this email by saying --your work has had a positive change on the lives of many people. We will never forget what you have done for our family. From the bottom of my heart--thank you."

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Wonderful, I have so much to go on now ... I have so many blessings in my life and so many miracles happen to me , encourage me to stay on my path in life. The Universe is looking after me. And finding you was another one of the wonderful things that has happened in my life, I would never have been able to [trace the individuals in question] without you and I so appreciate your expertise."

- Ms. Searle, Portugal

“The most exciting part of the tree was discovering my long lost cousin.  I’m dying to speak to them and meet up.  I just can’t believe it - you are fantastic, did you know that? You have changed my life.”

- Mrs. Pepworth, Bridlington, UK

“You’ve done such a great job and we thank you so much.  You really do something special for people and their families.”

- Ms. A. Collett & family, Australia

"Thank you for your letter. I want to acknowledge receipt of it and also let you know that I have emailed my father via the address that he provided. As feedback, I would like to praise your company for a tactful and compassionate approach, via your letter."

- S. B., Kent, UK

"Thank you again for your very informative e-mails. It is amazing how much detail you have obtained regarding members of [my] family."

- Mr. Hale, North Yorkshire, UK

"I appreciate all you have done and will highly recommend you to other people."

- Ms. Kowell, Canada

"Wow.  Many thanks.. excellent work!!  Your finds really fill in the story of [my] family."

- Mr. Heckles, Maryland, USA

"Many many thanks for a comprehensive resume. This has so far been an extraordinary ride for me and I appreciate your knowledge in this field."

- Mr. Foster, France

"Thank you Michael, you are doing a great job and it is nice to see there are still people out there that do things thoroughly and professionally, your work is a credit to you."

- Mrs. A., Australia

"It's great the way you can get your info so quickly.  You're a good man at your job.  I think you would make a great detective!"

- Mr. C. Gildea-Byrne, Ireland

If you would like to make contact with somebody, be it a long lost relative, a birth parent, birth sibling, or a distant cousin who you may never have met before, it is our company policy to protect the privacy of the individual you wish to contact.  

As a responsible data controller, we always make initial contact with the person being sought.  If we are able to trace their current address, we will forward any correspondence to them on your behalf, inviting them to contact you directly, if they wish.  We handle each case sensitively, and have been praised for our tactful approach by many of the individuals who we have made contact with.

The Data Protection Act (1998) requires every organisation that processes personal information to register as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which deals with data protection issues.  It is a criminal offence not to do so.  Companies registered as data controllers may not disclose an individual's personal details, eg their address, without their consent, except in very exceptional circumstances, as defined on the ICO's website.

Heir Line Ltd. is registered as a data controller, registration number Z2074628.  




Tracing Long Lost Family and Researching Birth Families