Many of our cases are matters of tracing members of a client’s own family, but we are always happy to work with you on any investigate project. Here are just a few examples of assignments we have been commissioned to undertake.
An American society interested in the history of the American War of Independence wished to trace the closest living descendants of the British generals for a commemorative event. Having been provided with a list of the officers of interest, we were commissioned for the search. This involved the unusual process of tracing a family forwards rather than backwards in time. Since many of the families were then members of the nobility, or later became so, we undertook peerage research in addition to the more usual genealogical sources.
Trustees of an estate which had formerly owned land over much of Wales wanted to establish whether any ancient mineral rights had been retained when the lands themselves had been sold. This had the practical aim of determining whether licence fees could be charged for harnessing the land for renewable energy projects. Wide ranging research in the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth) involved the systematic searching of deeds, terriers, and maps from the 1500s to the 1920s to trace the history of the estate.
We were asked to verify a pedigree and conduct additional research in preparation for its inclusion in Burke’s Landed Gentry. The client’s family, now based in London, had connections in Somerset, Scotland, and Ireland. It was therefore necessary to deal with the particular sources relating to areas with quite different practices of record keeping and navigating the practical issues of accessing the information from the organisations now holding it.