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Debrett Ancestry Research
Family history research from a name you can trust
What we do
Once a part of Debrett’s Peerage, since the 1970s Debrett Ancestry Research have helped more than 7,500 families to discover and document their ancestors.
Most record offices and libraries are currently closed, which means that a small proportion of our research will be delayed.
However, many of the sources we use are online. We remain fully operational for all services that do not require visits to a record office or library.
We are always happy to provide a Free Assessment of research prospects.
All walks of life
Our clients have included celebrities and peers, but to us every family history is of equal importance and fascination. Whether you are new to genealogy research, or have reached a point in tracing your family tree at which you need a professional, we can help you to discover more about your ancestry.
Choose a programme
Choose one of our Ancestry Research programmes for a professional, meticulously presented exploration of your British family history. The results will become a permanent resource for your family. Our reports and family trees are detailed and attractively presented, and make excellent gifts for a special occasion.
In recent years, the release of many records has revolutionised genealogy. However, computers have not yet replaced experience and expert analysis. Online family trees need to be treated with caution. And there are still discoveries to be made off the beaten track, for example in old periodicals or obscure printed sources.
Keeping it safe
An online family tree may seem like a good way of recording a family’s past, but it should be regarded as at best a convenient tool. We believe that family history is too precious, and often too complex, to be entrusted to cyberspace. There is no substitute for meticulous and painstaking research, set out with care and precision in a printed document that can be handed down to the next generation.
Taking it further
Having completed one of our research programmes, you might want to come back for more: to explore a different surname line, or to push the ancestry as far back in time as possible. When we have traced a family back as far as we can (or as far as you want us to) some clients choose to take the family history a step further, by commissioning a bespoke Family Biography: this is a professionally written, illustrated history of the family from the earliest known times up to the present.
It isn't always easy...
Every family history is different, and there can be pitfalls along the way: a birth that wasn’t recorded, a change of name, a family that travelled widely, leaving few records behind them. We can’t promise to break through all brick walls, but our long years of experience and familiarity with the records count for a great deal, and we welcome challenging cases.
Our ancestry services
We offer three levels of in-depth ancestry research, Limited, Standard and Extended, all of which lead to a professionally presented, bound report. Every project is different, and no genealogist can predict the outcome of research with any certainty. If you are not sure which programme to choose, use our Free Assessment service for advice, with no obligation to proceed.
When we have traced your ancestry back as far as we can, or as far as you wish, we can create from this a Family Biography: a detailed, illustrated history of your family from the earliest known generation up to the present. This is when your family history will really begin to come to life.
Debrett’s pedigree charts are unique, using our own in-house design procedure to create an attractive and detailed summary of your ancestry. We can combine information provided at the outset with what we subsequently discover.
“I am truly impressed by the quality of your work and also very grateful. There is so much in the report that I did not know and would never have discovered without Debrett’s professional help.”
S Coffey, Ireland
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Ancestry Research as a gift
Ancestry research programmes make ideal gifts for special occasions, and the high-quality presentation of our reports and family trees make them particularly suitable.
There are two options:
ANCESTRY GIFT PACK (recommended)
Select an ancestry research programme and select the gift option when you place your order. We will send a gift pack, either to you or to the recipient. This comprises a gift card, a brochure and a blank family tree form, so that the recipient can provide the starting information. Gift packs are valid for up to two years.
SURPRISE ANCESTRY REPORT
If you would rather commission the ancestry research yourself, as a surprise, try to obtain as much starting information as possible from family members. As a rough guide, a Standard Programme will take two to three months to complete, but this cannot be guaranteed. Need more advice? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 841904
Providing the highest quality genealogical research services
In addition to our in-house team of professional genealogists, our nationwide network of expert ancestry researchers provides access to archives throughout the UK and Ireland.
High quality research
“I would like to offer you my profound gratitude for the research that has been undertaken …. The professional approach which you have adopted throughout has been exceptional.”
D. Caldwell, Qatar
“Thank you very much for your excellent work on my family. You clearly put in a lot of hard work and I am certain I got more than my money’s worth (as I always have with Debrett).”
G Todd, USA.
“I found the revelations in the bound research copy thorough, pleasing, stunning. Thank you for all that you have found and revealed to me.”
(B K Deaville, Staffordshire)
(+44) (0)1962 841904
Get in touch. Ask any question or start a Free Assessment.
Tel: (+44) (0)1962 841904