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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 many 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 and have received glowing references from clients all over the world.  Some recent 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

“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 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! 

We will aim to trace your direct ancestors (and their siblings) back to at least your great-great grandparents, and further if records are available.

We will provide information about when and where your ancestors were born; 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 report, packed with information about each and every ancestor, as well as family tree charts.

Our findings will be displayed in a beautiful Family History folder and additional copies of the report are available to purchase in the name of any other family member who features in the tree.  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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...Package Research...



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



Your direct line will be traced back through ALL available branches on your father AND mother’s side, back to the generations in which your 16 great-great grandparents used to live.  Click here for a diagram



Our most popular and comprehensive product.  Your entire genealogy will be traced on your father AND mother’s side, as far back as available records allow, looking at 3 x great grandparents, 4 x great grandparents, and possibly beyond.  With this package, we expect to reach at least the late 1700s or early 1800s for most surname lines.  Click here for a diagram.

25% of the price is required upfront, 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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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

...Hourly Research
at £22 per hour...

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.  Have a look at our testimonials to find out what others think of our professional service.

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 report outlining our findings.  In the report we will advise you of further areas of research that could be explored in the future.

You could also use your 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.

...Hourly Research
at £22 per hour...