You can either commission Ancestry by Heir Line on an hourly basis if you have specific requirements, or you can purchase one of our fantastic, thorough family tree research packages.  An ideal gift for a loved one!  Click here for more information about our research services.

Unique hand-bound, gold-embossed Storybooks, containing a detailed report about your ancestors - who they were and what sort of lives they led.  The books also contain pull-out family trees, a family photograph album and much more!  A perfect keepsake to pass down through the generations.


“The Best...  Amazing... Unbelievable...  Fantastic... Genius...”

...are just a few of the words used by clients to describe their experiences with the professional genealogy company, Ancestry by Heir Line.  We are a small and friendly family-run business with a proven track record and a reputation across the globe for being at the very top of our profession.  

Be it local, national or international work, no family history project is too large or small for Michael and Caroline Rochford, Ancestry by Heir Line’s young and talented professional genealogists who are at the cutting edge of modern technology.  Whatever your requirements are, (from family history/probate research to a fantastic gift idea), we can help!

Receiving a personalised book packed with information about your family history is an emotional and often life-changing experience.  Learning all about your ancestors - the places they lived, the jobs they did, and where they worked - is a thrilling journey.  What are you waiting for?

Ancestry by Heir Line is the recommended British history research company by Heather McAllister (a genealogist for South Africa’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” family tree TV show).

Click on the links below...

Family History Research

Commission Ancestry by Heir Line to trace your family tree, either from scratch or from

a specific starting point.

     Are You a Genealogist?

Researching your own family tree?

Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist, we can conduct local research for you, (such as at the West Yorkshire Archive Service or the Borthwick Institute in York), or simply help to get you past those annoying brick walls!  Share your family tree with us, and we'll even check your research!

Family Tree Presentation

Ancestry by Heir Line can transform your family tree into a sumptuous hand-bound book,

packed with fascinating information.

An ideal keepsake to treasure

and share with your

whole family.

A Lasting Experience

Much more than just a family tree!  Order your ancestry from Ancestry by Heir Line and

experience your history!

Published History Books

Heir Line’s researchers, Caroline and Michael J. Rochford, have written fun and quirky

history books based on their

rummages into the


Heir Line in the News!

There is an ever-growing media interest in our amazing family history stories.  Click here for

recent newspaper articles or wander

through our vaults of archived

news from 2011/2012

and 2013/2014!

Probate Research

We work for legal professionals on probate-related cases - tracing missing beneficiaries; locating birth, marriage or death certificates; searching the electoral roll, etc.

Tracing Service

Ancestry by Heir Line can help to trace long lost relatives and friends, or even put you in touch

with relatives you have never met!

Family History Gifts

Looking for a unique, personalised gift?  Ancestry by Heir Line offers family history gift certificates; ready-to-frame family trees; old maps from

the past, showing what our towns and

streets used to look like, and more.

Client Testimonials

Find out what recent clients from all over the world thought of their experiences with

Ancestry by Heir Line.

Contact Ancestry by Heir Line

Click on the link above for our contact details, or find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Professional Membership with the Federation of Small Businesses

Registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (Data Protection), registration number Z2074628

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Genealogy is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries, thanks in part to popular TV shows such as the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? and, of course, period dramas such as Downton Abbey.  After all, everybody longs to know whether their ancestors were from “upstairs” or “downstairs”!

Genealogy is a fascinating subject, but exceptionally time consuming and often difficult and frustrating.  That’s what we are here for!    Not only can we successfully interpret historical records and trace hundreds of your ancestors, we are also able to delve much further into history, offering you a glimpse into your past.  In short, we can provide you with an enlightening experience that can change your life.  

You may learn some surprising things about your heritage, and even meet the skeletons that were once locked tightly away in the closet!

The "Life-Changing" Professional Genealogy Company

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