Interested in tracing your family history? How can Cracroft Genealogy help?

Genealogical research into family history has become one of, if not the, major growth areas on the Internet. Not only are more and more resources becoming available on the Internet to both the amateur and the professional genealogist, but also major television series such as BBC Television's "Who Do You Think You Are?", first aired in 2004, encouraged more and more people to take their first steps in tracing their family histories.

A specialised genealogist requires knowledge and skill: where to find the right records and depositories, a logical and tidy mind, an eye for detail, a certain degree of tenacity and, perhaps most important of all, some good old-fashioned luck!

Whilst genealogy can become a most rewarding (not to say addictive!) hobby, it is naturally very time consuming and there are many people who want to know more about their ancestors but who just do not have the time or resources to do the required research. Everyone has access to genealogical information available free or nearly free on the Internet, but modern technology still has not replaced paper records entirely. Research at the local record depositories across the country and at resource centres, such as the Borthwick Institute in York, the Society of Genealogists in London or the The National Archives at Kew, is still a necessity.

Cracroft Genealogy is pleased to offer a professional genealogical research service. We specialise in English research and have extensive experience in using the London record depositories. We can either trace a particular family line for you or can trace your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. In most cases we are able to get back to 1837, the year when the general registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales was introduced, without too many problems.

Our method of working is to start with yourself and then trace your family history back through the centuries as far as we can. We start by collecting from you any information you may already have on your family.  We then add to this information by tracing births, marriages and deaths, moving back to the start of the twentieth century when we can link in to the publicly available census returns, which are available from 1841 to 1911. Using a combination of certificates and census returns, we trace your family back to the early part of the nineteenth century, when civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began.  After that it is a question of using parish registers and filling out the details by using wills, property records, Court records, etc.  At the end of the exercise we hope to present you with a fully researched and documented history of your family.

It is very difficult to forecast just how long a particular piece of genealogical research will take.  Just giving a genealogist an open-ended instruction to "trace my family history" could land you with a surprisingly large bill!  For this reason Cracroft Genealogy prefers not offer an open-ended service.  We recommend our initial research package, which costs 256.25.  This covers the cost of a day's research (7 hours) charged at our fixed hourly rateof 30.00 an hour and five birth, marriage or death certificates at 9.25 each. Prior to starting the research we will send you a questionnaire so we can find out what information you already know. Then, unless given instructions to the contrary, we will look at all of your lines, i.e. your two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and sixteen great-great-grandparents.  We will send you details of our findings as well as an indication of areas for possible future research.

Your fee gives you our experience, research into the many records (digital and paper) available to us, our extensive library built up over 50 years, but above all, a quality service.

If you are interested in using our genealogical research services, as an initial step please telephone Patrick Cracroft-Brennan on +44 (0)20 8289 1844 and he will be pleased to discuss matters with you, or, if you prefer, you can email him at

Web page last updated on 23 July 2012
Cracroft Genealogy Limited, 2012