Trace your family tree with family history research from
Debrett Ancestry Research, the UK professional genealogists

“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


Our history

The history of Debrett can be traced back to 1766, when John Field Debrett, the 13-year-old son of a French cook, was apprenticed to a Piccadilly bookseller and publisher, Robert Davis. By 1781, John Debrett was running his own business, and in due course he took over the publication originally known as Collins's Peerage which, by 1802, was published as Debrett's Correct Peerage. Over two centuries later, Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage is still the definitive genealogical guide to Britain's titled families.

By the 1960s and 1970s, however, it was clear that it was not only peers and baronets who took pride in their family history. In response to a growing interest which spanned right across society, Debrett's set up a new division, Debrett Ancestry Research, with the aim of providing a high-quality, professional research service for anyone with British ancestry. Now a separate company, Debrett Ancestry Research has researched more than 7000 families from all walks of life and from all over the world.

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