Caroline Rochford set up Heir Line Ltd. in 2009 along with her husband, Michael, and works as a genealogist, writer and designer for the company.
She helps Michael with the family history research packages, and enjoys nothing more than discovering long lost stories from the past. This led her to write a series of books all about the quirky and fascinating discoveries she’s made during her career.
When she’s not working on her history books, Caroline is heavily involved in writing the narrative reports for clients who wish to commission hourly research into their family history. At the end of each block of hours, clients receive a personal, narrative report outlining Heir Line’s findings, along with an accompanying family tree, designed by Caroline. So, for a perfect gift idea, why not commission Heir Line’s published author to write about your family’s ancestors?
With a first class degree in Graphic Arts and Design, Caroline also specialises in designing the Family History Storybooks. She can restore old and damaged photographs to their former glory, including colouring in black and white or sepia photographs!
Caroline Rochford BA (hons)
PLACE OF BIRTH
Manygates, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Caroline is three quarters English and a quarter Welsh. She has some fascinating Yorkshire ancestors in her family tree, including councillors, master mariners and sea captains. They certainly had some amazing stories to tell, involving adventures in faraway lands, mutinies on the high seas, shipwrecks and a terrifying accident when one of her ancestors fell from the crow’s nest! Unable to return to a life on the ocean waves, he joined forces with his landlubber brother and set up a thriving, high-class ladies’ clothes shop in Wakefield.
HOW FAR BACK HER OWN TREE GOES
About 1594, when Rodulphus Harrison, her 11 x great grandfather, was born!
UNIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC LEVEL
Leeds Metropolitan University: Bachelor of Arts Degree (first class)
Member of the Society of Authors
and represented by Rebecca Winfield at David Luxton Associates Literary Agency
CURRENT NON-FICTION HISTORY TITLES
Great Victorian Inventions: Novel Contrivances & Industrial Revolutions - published summer 2014 by Amberley
Great Victorian Discoveries: Astounding Revelations and Misguided Assumptions - published spring 2015 by Amberley
In a Guardsman's Boots: A Boy Soldier's Adventures, from the Streets of 1920s Dublin to Buckingham Palace, WWII and the Egyptial Revolutions - published spring 2016 by Pen & Sword
Forgotten Songs and Stories of the Sea: A Treasury of Voices from our Maritime Past - published autumn 2016 by Pen & Sword
Future titles: in production! Keep checking back for updates!
When she’s not writing, Caroline loves good food, going to the theatre, drawing and taking her dog for walks in the countryside. She and Michael recently had their first child, so the pair of them are kept very busy indeed - but they love it!
Whatever your research requirements, contact Heir Line for an informal discussion about your project.
Using all available primary sources, Michael and Caroline will complete your research project to the highest possible standard. Their sources include (but are by no means limited to):
• Wills (Ecclesiastical Courts and Probate Registries)
• UK & Irish Parish records
• International Church Records
• Military records
• Archived newspapers
• 1841 - 1911 UK census returns
• 1851, 1901 & 1911 Irish census returns
• Poll Books
• Land Tax Returns
• Peerage Records
• General Register Office records
• Historical and current Electoral Rolls
• Genealogical indexes
• Information provided by living relatives
• A collection of Historical Trade Directories
• Relevant textbooks
• A private library of rare and antique books
• Newsreels from the 1930s onwards
• Historical maps
Caroline is brimming with book ideas, and is currently working on future titles based around her historical findings. Click here to read more about Caroline's literary works, inspired by the fascinating stories she unearths during her genealogy work.
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