Heir Line is a professional, thorough and experienced family-run business with a growing reputation across the globe for being at the top of their 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 records quickly and easily. With access to millions of genealogical records from across the globe, they have tracked down countless individuals and knocked down hundreds of annoying “brick walls” that had cropped up in their clients’ research.
Between them they have written several history books based entirely on what they've discovered during their careers. Click here to read more about their current and forthcoming titles!
Above: The Wakefield Express, 26th October 2012 - a Halloween special. Ancestry by Heir Line discovered a terrifying tale about witchcraft in the 17th century. A Wakefield “witch” named Margaret Morton was put on trial after she put a ghoulish curse on some Kirkthorpe and Warmfield townsfolk. But she wasn’t the only Yorkshire witch at work - Jennet and George Benton were also accused of devilry, when Richard Jackson of Bunny Hill Farm, Sharlston, experienced terrible goings-on in the dead of night!
Above: The Yorkshire Post, 14th October 2011, by leading journalist, Sheron Boyle. The seafaring story about how Michael and Caroline Rochford became professional genealogists and set up Ancestry by Heir Line, after Michael discovered master mariners from Newton Hill and Knottingley in Caroline’s 19th century family history. Click here to read the story online.
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Family History Newspaper Features from 2011/2012
Above: The Wakefield Express - Friday 18th November 2011. Ancestry by Heir Line’s historian, Michael J. Rochford, discovered documented evidence in rare antique history books that suggests forgotten medieval subterranean tunnels once existed far below the historic streets of Wakefield. The tunnels were supposed to have linked Sandal Castle to the chantry chapel on Kirkgate Bridge, which smugglers took valuable statues through during the reign of King Henry VIII. But are they secret passageways, are they adjoining cellars underneath the old buildings, or are they just a myth? All will be revealed in Michael's new book, out in 2016.....
Above: The Wakefield Express - Friday 13th January 2012. Heir Line Ltd. was chosen to be one of the finalists in the Local Business Accelerators competition, and was required to take part in a “Dragon’s Den” style pitch to a panel of three judges. We were delighted to receive free business mentoring from Sir Rodney Walker as a result of our pitch.
Above: The Wakefield Express - Friday 9th December 2011. Heir Line Ltd., “the genealogy business based in Kirkhamgate” - now central Wakefield - is announced as one of the eight finalists in the Local Business Accelerators competition.
Above: ‘What Women Want’ magazine feature - The Wakefield Express - Friday 25th November 2011. A story about the birth of Ancestry by Heir Line when Michael and Caroline Rochford began researching the Hargrave family tree.
Above: Taxi-Today Magazine, January 2012. An article by Michael J. Rochford about a Victorian cab driver driver from 1844.