...Helping You trace Your Own Family tree...

Why choose

Ancestry by Heir Line

to help trace your family tree?


Heir Line is a professional, thorough and experienced family-run business with a growing international reputation for being at the top of the family history profession.


Michael and Caroline Rochford are a young, enthusiastic and highly skilled team with exceptional IT skills, allowing them to find and interpret a wide range of genealogical records quickly and easily.  They have solved countless family history mysteries and knocked down hundreds of annoying “brick walls” that had cropped up in their clients’ research.  Between them they have attracted much media interest in the ancestral stories they’ve discovered; and Caroline has had her first history book, Great Victorian Inventions, published by Amberley, and is currently working on her next book.

We have access to millions of genealogical records from across the globe, and have the skills to knock down those irritating “brick walls” that so many people inevitably encounter as part of their research. 


We work in blocks of three, five or ten hours depending on your project, allowing you to control your budget.  At the end of each block we provide you with a full and detailed report, written by a published writer, outlining our findings.  You are then welcome to commission further blocks of hourly history research, should you wish to. 


Whilst we work with clients all around the world, we are situated close to the West Yorkshire Archive Service as well as the Borthwick Institute in North Yorkshire, so we are able to go in person to find the records you need.  We can also travel to churches and graveyards within the Yorkshire region to find and photograph headstones, or even the houses, streets and buildings where your ancestors lived and worked. 

Email: mike@heir-line.co.uk          Tel: 01924 314363          Mob: 07525 192579


(c) Heir Line Ltd 2014

Registered company number 06527525.  Registered in England.  Registered Office: 6 Denhale Avenue, Wakefield (near Leeds), West Yorkshire, WF2 9EF

...Helping You trace Your Own Family tree...

We offer a thorough “checking” service for our clients, which can be beneficial before you present your findings.  Genealogy can be a tricky subject, and in our experience roughly seven out of ten clients who ask us to check their work have made a mistake somewhere along the line.  Even the slightest error can send the tree in a completely different - and incorrect - direction. 


If you have a tree on Ancestry.co.uk, (or a similar website, or even jotted down on paper), then providing you are happy to allow us access to it, we can spend an hour or two checking your research.  If necessary, we can correct any mistakes and help to knock down any brick walls you may have stumbled across.


Once your research is finished, we have a variety of presentation options for you to consider, including large family trees, ready to frame.  Click here for more information, or read more about our reports and hand-bound Storybooks here.

Some recent client testimonials include:



“You are absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!  Amazing - thank you very, very much.  You are fantastic, did you know that?  You have changed my life.”

- Mrs. Pepworth, Bridlington, UK



“You're wonderful... Here in Australia we simply don't have people of your calibre.  No other genealogist has been able to solve this mystery - I’ve just been offered refunds all the time.

- Ms. M. Doyle, Australia.



“Michael is extremely professional in the work he has undertaken for me, keeping me well informed on progress and sending reports that are full of detailed information.  He undertakes the work with great enthusiasm and interest, and I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone looking to trace their ancestors.”

- Ms. Ros Bott, Professional Genealogist, Warwickshire, England



“I would highly recommend Michael and Heir Line for any genealogy research in the UK!”

- Dr. Steven W. Hammond, M.D., Montana, USA.

Ancestry by Heir Line is not limited to local and national UK records; Michael Rochford is extremely competent at undertaking international projects as well.  He is the chosen genealogist for clients across the globe, and has successfully completed ancestry projects based in (to name but a few):


  1. America (USA)

  2. Australia

  3. Belgium

  4. British India

  5. Cyprus

  6. England

  7. Germany

  8. Ireland

  9. Lithuania

  10. Luxembourg

  11. The Netherlands

  12. Poland

  13. Russia

  14. Scotland

  15. South Africa

  16. Wales

...Finished Your tree?...

Looking for a Perfect Gift?


Look no further!  If you know a budding genealogist and want to buy them something extra special, order one of Ancestry by Heir Line’s brilliant, personalised family history gift certificates.  As these are completely unique to you, they are available to purchase in any value, depending on your budget, and can be redeemed against hourly research or a Family History Report or Storybook, if your chosen recipient has finished their family tree.  Click here to find out more about our family history gift vouchers, or contact Michael to place your order today.

Whether you’re a hobbyist genealogist researching your own tree, or a professional family historian working for your own clients, Ancestry by Heir Line can help.


Please contact Michael Rochford, professional West Yorkshire-based genealogist, for an informal discussion about your project - mike@heir-line.co.uk - 01924 314363