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Why Choose

Ancestry by Heir Line

to Trace Your Family Tree?

Ancestry by Heir Line is a professional, thorough and experienced family-run genealogy business with a fast growing reputation for being at the very top of the family history profession.  We are attracting much media interest because of the fantastic ancestral stories we uncover.  Click here to read the latest news articles about Heir Line!

Unlike some other professional genealogists, Michael and Caroline Rochford are a young, enthusiastic and talented 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, when others had given up, and have received glowing references from clients all over the world.  Some testimonials include:

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

- Mrs. Pepworth, Bridlington, UK

“I can’t believe how much my dad loves your report.  He’s now planning to go to the places his ancestors were buried to find their gravestones!!  Cheerful!” 

- Ms. Helen Talbot, Oulton, West Yorkshire.

“You're wonderful; my hero.  Here in Australia we simply don't have people of your calibre.” 

- Ms. M. Doyle, Australia.

“Thank you very much for the Family History Report you made for me.  It has been worth every penny, believe me, and is the best Christmas present I have ever received.”

- Mrs. Giles, Hull, England.

If you want to learn about your family tree but don’t know where to begin, then you can order one of our four superb research packages.  There’s one to suit every budget and requirement, so contact us for a quote.  You never know what’s waiting to be discovered! 

For every package we will aim to trace your direct ancestors (and their siblings) back to your great-great-great grandparents, with the option of taking some lines further back in time, if records are available.

We will provide information about when and where your ancestors were born and baptised; where they lived; when they married; when they died; where they are buried, and what they did for a living.  We also search a variety of sources to discover as much about their lives as possible.  We then tell their stories in an easy-to-read narrative report, packed with information about each and every ancestor, complete with family tree diagrams.  This will be accompanied by an in-depth statistical report, highlighting the fascinating facts unearthed and explaining how you are related to everybody researched.

Our findings will be displayed in a beautiful Family History folder and additional copies of the reports are available to purchase for other family members.  These make ideal and unique gifts that last a lifetime.

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

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

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Your direct line will be traced back through ONE chosen surname line, such as your father’s father’s father’s father, etc.  Click here for a diagram.



Your direct line will be traced back through TWO chosen surname lines, such as your father’s father’s father’s father, etc. AND your mother’s father’s father’s father, etc.  Click here for a diagram.



Your direct line will be traced back through ALL available branches on your father OR mother’s side.  Click here for a diagram



Our most popular and comprehensive product.  Your entire genealogy will be traced on your father AND mother’s side.  Click here for a diagram.


25% of the package price is required in order for us to begin the work, with the remaining balance payable in instalments as the project progresses.  The final payment is to be made before your family history report is printed.  We can ship anywhere in the world.  (Postage and package charges apply, and we use a secure courier service.)

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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!

Michael Rochford, Ancestry by Heir Line’s head researcher, is extremely competent at undertaking international projects as well as UK-based ones.  He is the chosen genealogist for clients across the globe, and has successfully completed 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

We work closely with you from the start of the project right until the very end, keeping you up to date at all times with our findings and ensuring that you get the best possible results. 

Commissioning Ancestry by Heir Line gives you the pleasure of discovering your heritage without all the effort and stress involved in researching family trees.

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...Hourly Research
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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 as outlined below.  An ideal gift for a loved one, and perfect for when you’re starting from scratch.

Contact Michael Rochford for an informal discussion about your project: mike@heir-line.co.uk - 01924 314363

If you have a specific area of research with which you need assistance, then our hourly research service is the best option for you.  Perhaps you have already begun tracing your family tree and have hit a brick wall, or there is an old family legend you would like to investigate.  Whatever your requirements, we have the skills to help solve any mystery and tell you all about the lives of your ancestors. 

You can commission blocks of three, five or ten hours at a time, enabling you to control your budget.  At the end of each block we will provide you with a thorough, narrative report outlining our findings.  These are illustrated with extracts from parish records and other relevant documents, and we can even source old historic maps of Britain, showing where your ancestors used to live.  Click here for more information about the maps.

Because Heir Line’s genealogists are  published writers, with books for sale all over the world, you can be sure that all our reports are of the highest standard.  At the end of the report we will highlight further areas of research that could be explored in the future, and we keep your research on file should you wish to return to it at a later date.

You could also use your block of hours to send us to archives, record offices, libraries, churchyards or other places of interest where we can retrieve those much sought-after records such as wills, parish records, historical maps, or we can even take photographs of gravestones and the places where your ancestors came from.

Contact us for an informal chat about your requirements.

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