Whether you live in Britain, Ireland or overseas, I can trace your Scottish, English, Irish and Welsh ancestors as far back as they can go on all lines. 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. If you want the ultimate gift for your family I can put it all in a custom family history book. When I’m done you’ll know everything possible to know about your ancestors in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
That’s my guarantee
BEGIN WITH A FREE CONSULTATION
Fill out the form telling me what you’d like to learn. Be as specific as possible. Names, dates, locations and goal/s. I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible to suggest what’s possible & the best package to meet your goals.
Genealogy: By the hour Specific research request or need a quick assist? Provide a clear goal with a starting point so I can hit the ground running. I’ll investigate all records in the time available to see what is possible.
Records Only: Already have a mature Family Tree? Do you just need your ancestors actual documents from archives in Britain and Ireland and permanent copies of records on Ancestry, MyHeritage, findmypast & FamilySearch? I’ll save you money and countless hours.
DNA Only: Analysis of your results Overwhelmed by all the information in your DNA results? I’ll give it my expert eye; leave me to do the hard work and find out everything you need to know. Depending on your DNA provider, I can track your DNA down to the local level and add all the historic context you need; information that can help you understand where you live today, even if it is on the other side of the world.
Tree Grower can add hundreds of years to your family history on all traceable lines. It works best with verified details on your grandparents or even better great grandparents. I use Ancestry.com to build and grow a private copy of your family tree. It becomes your property once I am done. 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 in Britain and Ireland and permanent copies of any records held by Ancestry, MyHeritage findmypast & FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries. Deep Past includes everything in Tree Grower and Record Keeper but adds analysis of your DNA results, including – among many other things- local level DNA and historical context. Heirloom includes all of the above but will also deliver to your door a 120 page 14×11 archival quality leather-bound book packed with enhanced family stories, relevant history, context and DNA information.
If you already have an online family tree or DNA results read below on how to share securely. Otherwise contact me as described above.
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.
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.
Keep your records without further costs
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.
If you haven’t done a DNA test yet I recommend Ancestry followed by an upload to Living DNA for a regional breakdown in Britain. You can also 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.
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.