Heir Line is a professional, thorough and experienced family-run business with a growing reputation across the globe for being at the top of the family history 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 at a time, 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.  We also offer family history packages, for those who know relatively little about their ancestry and are looking to start the research from scratch.  

"I am so delighted with the Storybook!!!  It looks amazing and you have done such a fantastic job!  Thank you so much for all your hard work!  I am really looking forward to reading it as I know my parents are too."

- Ms. Maria Jones, International Opera Singer.


"Michael Rochford is our British recommended researcher."

- Ms. Heather MacAlister, Professional Genealogist, South Africa.


"Michael did a fantastic job in his research of our family in England, Wales and Ireland! The research was thorough, professional and we received reports on his research progress very quickly. I was extremely impressed with the way his research brought our ancestors to life. Not only was he able to find the "barebones" of genealogical information such as birth dates, marriages, parents and children, but he found interesting details that added "flesh" to the skeleton and helped us understand these ancestors lives and even (I think) their character. I would highly recommend Michael and Heir Line for any genealogy research in the UK!"

- Dr. Steven W. Hammond, M.D., Montana, USA.


"Michael Rochford of Heir Line is a very able genealogist, who I'm sure will be able to establish [a client’s family history].  Michael R is University trained and established his own company, as above.  He and his partner Caroline have earned plaudits for efficient and speedy family history researches from as far afield as Canada, America and Australia."

- Mr. Colin Brook, Wales, godson of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).


"I've been sat thinking about what an amazing job you have done on working out who's who from the snippets that were available to you in the letters [from my grandmother].  It is an amazing piece of detective work."

- Mr. Paul Beetham, Chairman of Kingfisher Windows, West Yorkshire.


"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."

- Mr. V., Indiana, USA



"Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!  Amazing - thank you very, very much.  The most exciting part of the tree for me was discovering my long lost cousin.  I’m dying to speak to them and meet up perhaps.  I just can’t believe it - you are fantastic, did you know that?

You have changed my life."

- Mrs. Pepworth, Bridlington, England

"You are again a genius!  It’s amazing that you’ve found the record of my grandmother ALMOST boarding the Titanic!

That’s brilliant!"

- Ms. Boyle, Wakefield, England.

"Thank you very much for the Family History Report you made for me.  It has been worth every penny, believe me, and is the best Christmas present I have ever received."

- Mrs. Giles, Kirk Ella, Hull, England.

"Thank you for what is a great piece of work in putting our family tree together. Very impressed by the depth and detail you have gone to and produced. It is a remarkable and thoroughly professional piece of work."

- Mr. and Mrs. Jowett, North Yorkshire, England

"It’s been a great project and I’m rather sorry it is coming to an end!  Your enthusiasm and commitment has been great.  Thanks!  [My wife] is going to love [reading her report]!  My slight concern is that Christmas Lunch may be postponed - or even cancelled!  We will be in touch next year [for more research]!"

- Mr. Richardson, Wiltshire, England

"I can’t believe how much

my dad loves your report.  He’s now planning to go to the places his ancestors were buried to find their gravestones!!  Cheerful!"

- Ms. Helen Talbot, Oulton, West Yorkshire.

"I have been very happy with the research and with your commitment to it, and have recommended you to a number of friends and colleagues."

- Mr. K., Barnsley, England

"Many thanks for the Report.  A fascinating life [my ancestor] certainly had.  I feel I have got to know him much better now thanks to this detail you have provided me with."


- Mr. Parrish, South of England

"You're wonderful; my hero.

Here in Australia we simply don't have people of your calibre.  The Scottish records seem to have been the biggest hurdles, and no other genealogists have been able to solve this mystery - I’ve just been offered refunds all the time.  Thank you again and when we come over to England next year my partner and I would love to meet and thank you in person."

- Ms. M. Doyle, Australia.

"You guys rock!!! Happy a million times over!! You are very professional in your approach,  much appreciated.  I have been more than happy with your service and am so grateful for your help!  From your FAVOURITE Melbournian."

- Lesley W., Melbourne, Australia.

"This is excellent [work].

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter."

- Mr. Barnett (Attorney), New York, USA

"We are enjoying our journey into the history of our extended Irish-English families.  Your professional knowledge and determination have yielded results which are simply invaluable.  To be able to look back over some 200 years is just amazing.  We are sincerely appreciative of your wonderful service."

- L & C Redmond, Shankill, Co. Dublin, Ireland

"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, Mike - we will get to the bottom of this mystery!  It is not an easy one - several people have been looking at this for years... you are the right person to solve it!"

- Mr. Ellis, Washington D.C., USA

"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

Contact Heir Line

"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, West Yorkshire, UK

"Wow.  Many thanks.. excellent work!!  Your finds really fill in the story of [my] family.  You certainly have a marvelous talent for separating the wheat from the chaff."

- Mr. Heckles, Maryland, USA

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

- Ms. Kowell, Canada

"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

"The [family history book] has arrived and it looks great. Thank you again for your professional and efficient service. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who is interested in finding out about their ancestry. Amazing job, I know that my mum and all the family will be as excited and fascinated as I have been.  I know this will mean so much to my mum.  Can't wait to take the time to read it all at leisure to take in all the information."

- Ms. Karen Kedzierski, Bradford, England

"Outstanding services you provide. I have never seen anything so detailed and have learnt so much more about my family history. Mine was always very scarce but what you have achieved for me, is beyond anything i could have hoped for. Thank you. The goal for me was to find who was who on both sides and your report is so very detailed and informative. 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

"Michael, we've been on this journey for a while now ... and both you and Caroline are Professionals in the proper sense of the word, in connection with your Genealogical Work/Business and Careers. That expertise is worth paying for. It is also valued by many others, not just myself.  I definitely know how hard you work and I've never ever had any need to push you for anything ... Far from it, you always add value to everything you send me and what we discuss day in day out."

- Mr. Laycock, Huddersfield, England

"I just want to say thankyou for your hard work I am absolutely delighted with everything and it is certainly a talking point with everyone I speak to."

- Mrs. Barbara Stormont, North Yorkshire, England

"It is some time now since the report reached me. I have to say that it is a tremendous piece of work. When [the rest of the family see it] I am sure that they will have their own comments to make, and if not favourable I shall be surprised. For now, simply "thank you"."

- Ms. Luxton, Cambridge, England

"Tell Caroline she is keeping me up late. I finished her book @ 1.30 am. A most enjoyable read giving great insight into the personality, integrity, bravery, loyalty and determination of a fine gentleman and soldier. It shows that humble and somewhat sad beginnings in life should be no deterrent to success. Inspiring throughout. When I consider the alternative I’m truly delighted that Paddy’s written efforts have seen the light of day."

- Mr. Redmond, County Dublin, Ireland

"Michael is extremely professional in the work he has undertaken for me, keeping me well informed on progress and sending reports that are full of detailed information.  He undertakes the work with great enthusiasm and interest, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to trace their ancestors."

- Ms. Ros Bott, Warwickshire, England

"What can I say? [The family history report] is AMAZING! The picture of the gravestone is truly a big plus. I cannot thank you enough for the incredible work you have provided. It's truly wonderful and undoubtedly one of the best gifts I have ever offered to anyone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

Follow up email:

"There are no words to describe the pleasure and excitement [my friend] had, is having and will always have, with the gift of your wonderful work.  She was so very surprised and amazed at all that you found and I cannot thank you enough.  I have no doubt that they will be contacting you for more!  Once again, thank you so very much."

- Ms. Lefevre, France


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

"Just thought I would send you a quick email - I know you are liaising directly with Dad, but thank you so much already for everything you have shared. Dad is loving it - already sharing with his 3 brothers. Thanks again, it's the best present we've ever given him!"

- Ms. Sally Brown, Oxfordshire, England.

"Many thanks as always; brilliant work. Please order the the marriage certificate in question. I forwarded your last report to my solicitor ... It seems we're almost there. It's all very interesting. Thank you for your work to date."

- Mr. Davis, Doncaster, South Yorkshire




"I've been trying for many years to trace my family tree but was always coming up against a brick wall. Since discovering Michael and Heir Line just under a year ago my past history has been brought to life. I've found Michael to be professional but also very approachable and discussed many areas of the research with him. He has helped me understand why I had so many problems with my own research and have now discovered many exciting and also sad things with my past. His final report was very thorough and in depth. I am now commissioning Michael to delve further into my past and would not hesitate in recommending him to anybody that wants to know their family tree. I have been more than satisfied with his work."

- Ms. Susan White, England - review from Yell

"My family always spoke about investigating the family tree, but the ordeal was always too enormous to ever attempt. Almost on a whim, one Sunday afternoon I searched for services offering family histories, and found Michael's website. The options to create our own personal storybook is really what clinched it for me, and made Heir line stand out from the competition.  I really found the progress of investigation a joy and I would look forward to each periodic update of what Michael had found. These little snippets of information made the whole experience very addictive, so much so that I ended up extending the research back another couple of generations.  Michael provided expert advice and opinions throughout the experience, and allowed me to maximise time to focus on the high probability links to ancestors.  My family have been overwhelmed with the finish product which are very professionally written and bound books, along with a large Family Tree.  I cannot recommend enough."

- Mr. M. Guest, Yorkshire - review from Yell

"I was given an Heir Line Package One for Christmas by my wife and have just received my Family History folder.  Throughout the four months of research Michael kept me regularly up to date in emails, and it was exciting to see how the research was going and to discover generation by generation more about my family history.  I am delighted with both the quality of the research and the final product, and would certainly recommend Heir Line to anyone interested in discovering more about their family history. Michael offered a really personal service, and I enjoyed receiving his emails and asking questions about things he had found out, questions to which I always received helpful and informative answers.  The past four months have been a wonderful journey of discovery. Thank you Michael !"

- Mr. King, Oxfordshire - review from Yell

"I live in the US and am keenly interested in my family's genealogy. I needed help searching for my paternal roots in Yorkshire, England, and am so happy I found Heir Line!  I've worked with Michael over a period of three years, and he's uncovered an amazing amount of detailed information, some of it dating back to the 1600's. Michael is always professional, and at the same time friendly and personable, with a "customer-first" attitude.  Michael is exactly the kind of researcher you want working for you. For every challenge he seems to know how to find a record with the answer. He works fast but is extremely thorough and persistent. He gleans key morsels of information from every document, often information I had totally missed looking at the same document myself.  Best of all, when it comes to writing a narrative of one of my ancestors' stories, he has a gift that brings them to life. I highly recommend Heir Line to anyone researching their family's genealogy. "

- Mr. P. Heckles, Maryland, USA - review from Yell

"Everything about the company is very professional. So much more information than I expected, and put together so well.  The information given provided a range of emotions about my ancestors that I would never had imagined and wouod never have known.  Communication is very good and Michael will always help out with information and options offeribg clear guidance.  I have made the right choice getting in touch with Heir-Line and would recommend their services to anyone interested in finding out about their ancestors. "

- Mr. Jon Lee, Wales - review from Yell

Reviews of our Family History Research Services