Heir Line is a professional, thorough and experienced family-run business with a growing reputation across the globe for being at the top of the family history 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.  

We work in blocks of three, five or ten hours at a time, depending on your project.  At the end of each block we provide you with a full and detailed report, outlining our findings.  You are then welcome to commission further blocks of research, if necessary.  We also offer family history packages, for those who know relatively little about their ancestry and are looking to start the research from scratch.  

"I am so delighted with the Storybook!!!  It looks amazing and you have done such a fantastic job!  Thank you so much for all your hard work!  I am really looking forward to reading it as I know my parents are too."

- Ms. Maria Jones, International Opera Singer.


"Michael Rochford is our British recommended researcher."

- Ms. Heather MacAlister, Professional Genealogist, South Africa.


"Michael did a fantastic job in his research of our family in England, Wales and Ireland! The research was thorough, professional and we received reports on his research progress very quickly. I was extremely impressed with the way his research brought our ancestors to life. Not only was he able to find the "barebones" of genealogical information such as birth dates, marriages, parents and children, but he found interesting details that added "flesh" to the skeleton and helped us understand these ancestors lives and even (I think) their character. I would highly recommend Michael and Heir Line for any genealogy research in the UK!"

- Dr. Steven W. Hammond, M.D., Montana, USA.


"Michael Rochford of Heir Line is a very able genealogist, who I'm sure will be able to establish [a client’s family history].  Michael R is University trained and established his own company, as above.  He and his partner Caroline have earned plaudits for efficient and speedy family history researches from as far afield as Canada, America and Australia."

- Mr. Colin Brook, Wales, godson of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).


"I've been sat thinking about what an amazing job you have done on working out who's who from the snippets that were available to you in the letters [from my grandmother].  It is an amazing piece of detective work."

- Mr. Paul Beetham, Chairman of Kingfisher Windows, West Yorkshire.


"After 17 days, my wife and I returned from England where we were

reunited with my daughter, son-in-law and a wonderful granddaughter.

It was simply a marvelous reunion with many tears, hugs and kisses. As you

remember, I had not seen my daughter in over 30 years and I had never met my granddaughter or my son-in-law.  Without your assistance the reunion may (probably never) have not occured.

[My family were] very impressed with your introductory letter as several time they commented on how well it was written.  Thank you so much for making the reunion possible.

Someday I hope to thank you in person as you made it possible for me to

reunite with my daughter who I love very much and who has filled my heart

with great joy.  I cannot begin to express my deep gratitude to you. I will end this email by saying --your work has had a positive change on the lives of many people. We will never forget what you have done for our family. From the bottom of my heart--thank you."

- Mr. V., Indiana, USA



"Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!  Amazing - thank you very, very much.  The most exciting part of the tree for me was discovering my long lost cousin.  I’m dying to speak to them and meet up perhaps.  I just can’t believe it - you are fantastic, did you know that?

You have changed my life."

- Mrs. Pepworth, Bridlington, England

"You are again a genius!  It’s amazing that you’ve found the record of my grandmother ALMOST boarding the Titanic!

That’s brilliant!"

- Ms. Boyle, Wakefield, England.

"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, Kirk Ella, Hull, England.

"Thank you for what is a great piece of work in putting our family tree together. Very impressed by the depth and detail you have gone to and produced. It is a remarkable and thoroughly professional piece of work."

- Mr. and Mrs. Jowett, North Yorkshire, England

"It’s been a great project and I’m rather sorry it is coming to an end!  Your enthusiasm and commitment has been great.  Thanks!  [My wife] is going to love [reading her report]!  My slight concern is that Christmas Lunch may be postponed - or even cancelled!  We will be in touch next year [for more research]!"

- Mr. Richardson, Wiltshire, England

"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.

"I have been very happy with the research and with your commitment to it, and have recommended you to a number of friends and colleagues."

- Mr. K., Barnsley, England

"Many thanks for the Report.  A fascinating life [my ancestor] certainly had.  I feel I have got to know him much better now thanks to this detail you have provided me with."


- Mr. Parrish, South of England

"You're wonderful; my hero.

Here in Australia we simply don't have people of your calibre.  The Scottish records seem to have been the biggest hurdles, and no other genealogists have been able to solve this mystery - I’ve just been offered refunds all the time.  Thank you again and when we come over to England next year my partner and I would love to meet and thank you in person."

- Ms. M. Doyle, Australia.

"You guys rock!!! Happy a million times over!! You are very professional in your approach,  much appreciated.  I have been more than happy with your service and am so grateful for your help!  From your FAVOURITE Melbournian."

- Lesley W., Melbourne, Australia.

"This is excellent [work].

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter."

- Mr. Barnett (Attorney), New York, USA

"We are enjoying our journey into the history of our extended Irish-English families.  Your professional knowledge and determination have yielded results which are simply invaluable.  To be able to look back over some 200 years is just amazing.  We are sincerely appreciative of your wonderful service."

- L & C Redmond, Shankill, Co. Dublin, Ireland

"You’ve done such a great job and we thank you so much.  You really do something special for people and their families."

- Ms. A. Collett & family, Australia

"Thank you, Mike - we will get to the bottom of this mystery!  It is not an easy one - several people have been looking at this for years... you are the right person to solve it!"

- Mr. Ellis, Washington D.C., USA

"It's great the way you can get your info so quickly.  You're a good man at your job.  I think you would make a great detective!"

- Mr. C. Gildea-Byrne, Ireland


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"Thank you for your letter. I want to acknowledge receipt of it and also let you know that I have emailed my father via the address that he provided. As feedback, I would like to praise your company for a tactful and compassionate approach, via your letter."

- S. B., Kent, UK

"Thank you again for your very informative

e-mails. It is amazing how much detail you have obtained regarding members

of [my] family."

- Mr. Hale, West Yorkshire, UK

"Wow.  Many thanks.. excellent work!!  Your finds really fill in the story of [my] family.  You certainly have a marvelous talent for separating the wheat from the chaff."

- Mr. Heckles, Maryland, USA

"I appreciate all you have done and will highly recommend you to other people."

- Ms. Kowell, Canada

"Thank you Michael, you are doing a great job and it is nice to see there are still people out there that do things thoroughly and professionally, your work is a credit to you."

- Mrs. A., Australia

"The [family history book] has arrived and it looks great. Thank you again for your professional and efficient service. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who is interested in finding out about their ancestry. Amazing job, I know that my mum and all the family will be as excited and fascinated as I have been.  I know this will mean so much to my mum.  Can't wait to take the time to read it all at leisure to take in all the information."

- Ms. Karen Kedzierski, Bradford, England

"Outstanding services you provide. I have never seen anything so detailed and have learnt so much more about my family history. Mine was always very scarce but what you have achieved for me, is beyond anything i could have hoped for. Thank you. The goal for me was to find who was who on both sides and your report is so very detailed and informative. Many many thanks for a comprehensive resume. This has so far been an extraordinary ride for me and I appreciate your knowledge in this field."

- Mr. Foster, France

"Michael, we've been on this journey for a while now ... and both you and Caroline are Professionals in the proper sense of the word, in connection with your Genealogical Work/Business and Careers. That expertise is worth paying for. It is also valued by many others, not just myself.  I definitely know how hard you work and I've never ever had any need to push you for anything ... Far from it, you always add value to everything you send me and what we discuss day in day out."

- Mr. Laycock, Huddersfield, England

"I just want to say thankyou for your hard work I am absolutely delighted with everything and it is certainly a talking point with everyone I speak to."

- Mrs. Barbara Stormont, North Yorkshire, England

"It is some time now since the report reached me. I have to say that it is a tremendous piece of work. When [the rest of the family see it] I am sure that they will have their own comments to make, and if not favourable I shall be surprised. For now, simply "thank you"."

- Ms. Luxton, Cambridge, England

"Tell Caroline she is keeping me up late. I finished her book @ 1.30 am. A most enjoyable read giving great insight into the personality, integrity, bravery, loyalty and determination of a fine gentleman and soldier. It shows that humble and somewhat sad beginnings in life should be no deterrent to success. Inspiring throughout. When I consider the alternative I’m truly delighted that Paddy’s written efforts have seen the light of day."

- Mr. Redmond, County Dublin, Ireland

"Michael is extremely professional in the work he has undertaken for me, keeping me well informed on progress and sending reports that are full of detailed information.  He undertakes the work with great enthusiasm and interest, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to trace their ancestors."

- Ms. Ros Bott, Warwickshire, England

"What can I say? [The family history report] is AMAZING! The picture of the gravestone is truly a big plus. I cannot thank you enough for the incredible work you have provided. It's truly wonderful and undoubtedly one of the best gifts I have ever offered to anyone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

Follow up email:

"There are no words to describe the pleasure and excitement [my friend] had, is having and will always have, with the gift of your wonderful work.  She was so very surprised and amazed at all that you found and I cannot thank you enough.  I have no doubt that they will be contacting you for more!  Once again, thank you so very much."

- Ms. Lefevre, France


Wonderful, I have so much to go on now ... I have so many blessings in my life and so many miracles happen to me , encourage me to stay on my path in life. The Universe is looking after me. And finding you was another one of the wonderful things that has happened in my life, I would never have been able to [trace the individuals in question] without you and I so appreciate your expertise."

- Ms. Searle, Portugal

"Just thought I would send you a quick email - I know you are liaising directly with Dad, but thank you so much already for everything you have shared. Dad is loving it - already sharing with his 3 brothers. Thanks again, it's the best present we've ever given him!"

- Ms. Sally Brown, Oxfordshire, England.

"Many thanks as always; brilliant work. Please order the the marriage certificate in question. I forwarded your last report to my solicitor ... It seems we're almost there. It's all very interesting. Thank you for your work to date."

- Mr. Davis, Doncaster, South Yorkshire