Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales

Your British & Irish ancestors tales through records, DNA analysis and a family history book


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  Whether you live in Britain, Ireland or overseas, I'll trace your Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh ancestors as far back as possible. I specialise in connecting Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders to their origins from their home countries to their British and Irish ancestors via their actual records. I can also use your DNA results to find answers where records alone can't reveal the full story. When I'm done you'll know everything there is to know about your family roots in the UK and Ireland and the history your relatives experienced in their lifetimes.  

Whether you live in Britain, Ireland or overseas, I’ll trace your Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh ancestors as far back as possible. I specialise in helping Canadians, Americans, Australians & New Zealanders connect records from their own countries back to their British and Irish roots. In addition, if you have done a DNA test, I can get answers and details not readily available. When I’m done you’ll know everything possible to know about your family history in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

That’s my guarantee

  • Tree Grower Full online search, govt & military documents, the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, the National Archives in London & Dublin & The General Register Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast.
  • Record Keeper Pays for hi-resolution digital copies of family documents, including permanent copies of records on the 'big four' - Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast & FamilySearch.
  • Deep Past adds analysis of DNA results; locating & explaining your earliest origins inside Britain & Ireland.
  • Heirloom adds a high quality family history book designed to last generations.
  • Your information is secure & your privacy guaranteed.

About Me: What DNA and records added to my family story


Tree Grower can add hundreds of years to your family tree
Tree Grower can add hundreds of years to your family tree

Record Keeper will find all available family documents

Deep Past will crack open your DNA results
Heirloom is a family history book which will last generations
How to use this service to grow your family tree & get the most from your DNA results

“Mark has a unique background that serves him so well in geneological research. His two decades living and working in journalism in North America gives him knowledge about immigration patterns from the old world to the new over the last 300 years. And, where to find family records in both.  But, what really especially impresses is his intimate knowledge of the history of Scotland especially but the British Isles and Ireland as a whole. He can figure out why an ancestor likely relocated or had a change of circumstance based on his encyclopedic knowledge of local, regional and national social and political history. His ability to figure out why something happened – on top of records confirming it did – is stunning”

Ken Dodd

Retired TV News & Sports Senior Producer

“I’m amazed he could find out what he found. So much stuff. I don’t need an ancestry subscription right now as he confirmed and then discovered more direct relatives going back hundreds of years. He also uploaded copies of their original parish records to ancestry for me and explained how DNA linked me to the Anglo Saxons and the city of Durham in the North of England”

Mary-Jo Carter

Theatre Designer

This far exceeded my expectations. I’m second generation Canadian but my ancestors are originally from England and Scotland. Mark confirmed and discovered many new family stories. His book is deeply personal and wonderfully put together. He explained why my grandparents moved when they did and much more. This book was an instant family treasure. It’s fantastic quality but an absolute bargain compared to similar offerings by the big ancestry companies. He has done my family a huge service for generations to come. Thank you.

David Strachan

Tourism industry

“You’re amazing! Finding the time was impossible but Mark did the groundwork for me. He built my tree, added amazing records and turned my DNA results into English. I know where my ancestors lived, where their descendants moved around the world and why- they were Jacobites! I’ve never felt so grounded. We now know where we come from and my children and their children… will be all the better for it. Thank you.”

Janet Gilmour

Mature Student

My father returned to his mother’s homeland shortly after she died 30 years ago. He knocked door to door and visited the archives in Edinburgh. He passed long before he could see this sadly. Thanks to you we now know how much he was right about our family. His writing and notes were in the attic, now they’re in our beautiful family book. Thanks for helping pass on dad’s hard work to the next generation and showing that family stories even the oldest shouldn’t be ignored. Really, this is something special, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Jackie Long

Asheville, NC

Life changer. I was overwhelmed by all the information on myheritage. Thanks to you our family story is clear, we feel even more connected. You got the records for Maryland as well as tracing back to Liverpool and Ireland. We’ve still to take the DNA tests but when we do we know where to come. Thanks again

Penny Cowan

Mama Bear


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Noun: The point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived