You can either commission 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!

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...  Outstanding... Unbelievable...  Fantastic... Genius...”

...are just a few of the words used by clients to describe their experiences with the professional genealogy company, Heir Line Ltd.  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, Heir Line’s young and talented professional genealogists who are at the cutting edge of modern technology.  

Whatever your requirements, (from family history/probate research to a fantastic family tree gift), 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.

Family History Research

Commission Heir Line's professional genealogists 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 are a professional genealogist or hobbyist, we can

conduct local research for you, or use our resources and

expertise to help you to get past those annoying

brick walls. We can also transcribe old, hard-

to-read documents such as Tudor

wills and court rolls!


Family Tree Presentation

Heir Line can transform your family tree into a 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!  Commission

Heir Line's professional genealogists 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 past!


Heir Line in the News!

There is an ever-growing media interest in our amazing family

history stories.  Click the link above 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;

consulting property deeds, etc.


Tracing Service

Heir Line can help to trace your long lost relatives and

friends, and even help adopted children

research their birth families.


Family History Gifts

Looking for a unique, personalised gift?

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; old photograph restoration

services, and more.


Client Testimonials

Find out what recent clients from all over the world thought

of their experiences with Heir Line.


Contact Heir Line

See above for our contact details, or find us on

Facebook and Twitter!

Michael J.


BA (hons) MA:

Internationally Acclaimed Genealogist, Writer & History Researcher

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Ancestry by Heir Line's family history Storybook



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 is exactly the kind of researcher you want working for you. For every challenge he seems to know how to find a record with the answer. He works fast but is extremely thorough and persistent. He gleans key morsels of information from every document. Best of all, when it comes to writing a narrative of ancestors' stories, he has a gift that brings them to life. I highly recommend Heir Line to anyone researching their family's genealogy."

- Mr. P. Heckles, Maryland, USA.



BA (hons):

Genealogist, Graphic Designer and Published Author

"You guys rock!!! You are very professional in your approach. I have been more than happy with your service."

- Lesley W., Melbourne, Australia.

Caroline Rochford is a member of the Society of Authors and she is represented by Rebecca Winfield at David Luxton Associates lilterary agency in London.



Professional Genealogists Researching Your Family History