Our Services

We can help shed light on your family history whether you are just beginning to look into your ancestry, an experienced researcher with a particular puzzle to solve, or interested in commissioning a piece of original research.  Our ability to research people in the past also makes us adept at searching for living people.  As probate researchers, we locate heirs to estates of people who have died without leaving a will or known relatives, trace beneficiaries of wills, owners of land, shares and other assets. We work closely with legal professionals and other organisations to solve the problems of intestacy and missing persons, and can assist private clients with adoption and other cases.

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Why choose us?

We offer a professional, reliable and flexible service that is responsive to your needs. All our research is conducted to the highest professional standards and aims to give shape and context to your knowledge of a subject, past or present. We apply the same meticulous eye for detail and clarity in our research to the presentation of our work.  Our unique range of family history packages make beautiful keepsakes and lasting gifts. We are passionate about what we do and will do our utmost to ensure you have a positive experience with us. See what our clients have said about us on our testimonials page.

Special areas of interest

Research Roots is amongst only a handful of professionals specialising in Jewish genealogy. Tracing migrant families is distinct from other types of family history research. We have extensive experience in accessing international records, working closely with archives and researchers across much of Europe, the UK and US as well as further afield.  We draw on the expertise of a network of translators and specialists and have successfully traced clients’ lineage as far back as the early 18th century in Eastern Europe, Italy, France, Egypt, Greece as well as the UK and US. Within easy reach of East Sussex and West Sussex Record Offices, the National Archives and other London archives and libraries, we can also provide specialist research into family histories across Sussex and the South East of England.

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Overview

Research Roots can investigate your family tree whether you know a great deal or very little about your roots. If you have carried out a lot of research yourself but need a fresh pair of eyes, we can help untangle the thorniest research problems. We can also provide ‘quick fix’ support, such as locating birth, marriage and death certificates and other family records.  Not everyone with an interest in family history has the time or inclination to do it themselves.  We have the energy, resources and expertise to do it on your behalf, whether you wish to commission research for yourself or as a gift.  It is surprising what can be discovered from the tiniest snippets of information or family lore.

How it works

When it comes to family history, one size does not fit all.  Most of our work is commissioned on the basis of an hourly rate (£40 per hour) which we have found to be the best way of addressing the wide variety of research questions our clients ask of us. Every project begins with an initial conversation to discuss what you are hoping to find out and what you already know about the subject in question. Once we have a clear understanding of your requirements, we will let you know how long we think the research is likely to take and agree a realistic budget. Due to the time consuming nature of our work, a minimum of 5 hours is usually required. We can normally begin work with 2-3 weeks of a commission.

What you'll get

Once research has begun, we like to keep you updated by email.  At the end of the commissioned hours, we will get in touch with you to discuss what it has been possible to achieve and any outstanding research objectives.  At this point, we can also produce a formal report on our findings, and a custom family tree print, if required.  Please note that all international research and Jewish genealogy is carried out on this basis, and bear in mind it can be more time consuming to research ancestors outside England and Wales. Please see our terms of business for more information.

Come back for more

We keep all our records in such a way that whether you wish to come back for more straight away, or when funds permit, we can easily pick up where we left off.  That way, you can also ask friends and family for gift tokens towards further research.

Family History Packages

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