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 finding original documentation. I also connect records from abroad to your ancestors documents in Britain and Ireland. If you have done a DNA test, I can get answers and details not readily available. When I’m done you’ll know everything there is to know about your family roots in the UK and Ireland.
You can use this service by the hour or by the day. The hourly rate for genealogy directed by you is £39. The hourly rate drops to £19 per 10 hour block of research. You can purchase a 10 hour block of ancestry research guided by your specifications by purchasing Tree Grower(Daily rate) and detailing your requirements when I contact you. I can also find records on their own or investigate your DNA results independently, however hundreds of pounds can be saved by purchasing packages. There are four tiered packages, every stage includes the previous tier/s.
Tree Grower can add hundreds of years to your family story, while Record Keeper will pay for all available family documents. I use Ancestry.com to build and grow a private copy of your family tree. Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage are great but much of what they do requires an ongoing subscription. Many clients say they learned this the hard way losing countless hours of work. Tree Grower will provide official reference numbers for further research but if you want digital copies of your ancestors actual records, upgrade to Record Keeper which includes the cost of document purchase from official archives, permanent copies of records held by Ancestry, MyHeritage and findmypast, as well as an additional day of research. Deep Past includes Tree Grower and Record Keeper. It examines your DNA results, adding locational detail down to the local level and historical context; information that can help you understand where you live today, even if it is on the other side of the world. Heirloom expands on the information in Tree Grower, Record Keeper & Deep Past. It is the ultimate gift for your family. It includes the $220 US cost from MyCanvas of their 120 page 14×11 archival quality leather-bound book. I’ll pack it with family stories, relevant history, context and DNA information that will last generations.
How to use existing online services with myorigins.co.uk
Go to your tree, click share under your user name in the top right hand corner. When the options pop up email the tree to [email protected] making sure to make me a Contributor or an Editor so I can create a copy and modify your original; no modifications will be made to your original without your approval.
Using another online service?
Send me your GEDCOM file and I will upload it to ancestry. When I’m done, I will email the updated GEDCOM to you. My version of your tree on Ancestry will become your property and you can delete my access. If you choose to continue storing my version of your tree for free on Ancestry, it will be easy for me to pick up where I left off if you order future services and restore my permissions.
I use triple verification- birth, marriage and death documents. When it is not possible to get all three I will explain the most likely reason and/or find additional documents (such as military and census) which may give the missing information or strong clues to authenticity.
You Family Tree isn’t online?
Contact me with names and key dates of what you do know and what you are looking to achieve or create a free family tree on Ancestry and I’ll use my paid subscriptions there and elsewhere to grow your tree.
In order to maintain access to your records on Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindmyPast and similar services you must pay an annual fee generally in the range of US$200+. Record Keeper includes the cost of all records available on these services and the purchase of records they don’t have in official British and Irish archives. You own what I find with no storage or access costs, saving hundreds of dollars per year on each service. All records can be stored for free on Ancestry, MyHeritage or FindmyPast or downloaded to your computer.
Sharing AncestryDNA® Results
Click Share Results. Send the provided URL to me in an email.
While you can upload your DNA from elsewhere to Living DNA for free, there is currently not much point. Their big sell is extremely accurate regional results for 21 regions of Britain, but as things stand uploaded DNA will not get access to that. They promise to offer ‘soon’ a charged service for access to the regional breakdown. When and if the service arrives they say it will be much cheaper than buying a test directly from them. If you haven’t done a DNA test yet I recommend Ancestry AND Living DNA. You can then download your DNA and upload to other services such as FamilyTree DNA and GedMatch which offer at nominal cost extremely useful and unique additional value.
Where LivingDNA provides a breakdown of where you ancestors lived locally in medieval and earlier times, Family Tree provides a cheap service which goes as far back as the earliest human occupants of Europe after the last Ice Age.
- Hunter Gatherers: The earliest major migration is dated to about 37,000 years ago based on multiple burial sites across the continent and Britain. Smaller groups arrived many thousands of years earlier.
- Early Farmers: Started to arrive in numbers around 9 thousand years ago from Anatolia (a region including present-day Turkey).
- Metal Age Invaders: The last major wave of migrants involved thousands of invading horsemen from the vast grasslands of the Eurasian steppes, they brought their superior metal making technology and weaponry.
FamilyTreeDNA is also the best place for serious groups based on DNA testing if you want to drill down your ancestry to specific individuals.
You can learn a huge amount about your early ancestors from the information provided by LivingDNA and FamilyTreeDNA. A particularly high regional DNA on LivingDNA suggests the majority of your ancestors lived in the region concerned for thousands of years. A high Hunter Gatherer genetic component means they likely arrived in Britain or Ireland shortly after the last Ice Age; they may have even been the descendants of climate refugees forced out for tens of thousands of years by the ice sheets.
The main advantage of 23 and Me is health information but they do have one unique service that provides a great conversation starter!
To share your information for 23andMe simply print your file as a PDF and email it to me.
Gedmatch is interesting and adds an additional layer of value because it can break down your ancient and early DNA into regions. The cost of this service is also cheap but there are controversies to uploading your DNA here.
You may be aware that they have become the go to agency for law enforcement agencies to help solve cold cases. GedMatch customers upload their DNA from multiple services so you will get matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage etc all in the same place. That is incredibly useful for police but also for the ordinary Joe. They allow you to cousin match across various DNA services and gain access to tools used by scientists and university researchers which will give further clues to your origins.
As you can see DNA is a game changer and can compliment and confirm records and family knowledge. In all likelihood I think people will take to DNA willingly, despite the risks, in much the same way as they took- and remain committed – to social media despite the increasingly obvious privacy and mental health risks.
Choose your DNA provider wisely and decide whether to delete your results online once you have fully explored the information it provides. I can massively speed up that process. You can then download and store your DNA on your computer securely for your family’s future use.
Any further questions, get in touch.