UK Generations

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Family History Services

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Family History Services - support for the beginner and the enthusiast

For many people, knowing "where you came from" means looking back at least four generations. All too often that can be very difficult if your family didn't discuss great grandparents or you don't have photos or certificates, or a treasured family bible.

This may seem insurmountable with such a difficult starting point to overcome.  Not necessarily so !

Another difficulty could be for those of you who live outside the UK, with family knowledge or stories of distant relatives who emigrated from England, Scotland or Wales. The Internet may not be offering what you want to know and obviously it could never achieve a visit to a UK churchyard, a town or a village and local Records Offices still hold most of their records offline.

UK Generations can act as your research "eyes" and help you to see more of where your family lived and worked - either by easily visiting locations within our local counties of Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, or venturing further afield. 

Whether you are new to family history or are an enthusiast looking to do more, we know the difficulties and we are here to help you.     

This page shows our current selection of genealogy services tailored for family historians at any stage. Alternatively, if you have something else in mind and you think we could help then please click on Contact Us and we'll try to accommodate you. 


1.  Genealogy Starter Packs

If you are new to family history research, this for you ! 

Researching family history may seem a daunting task if you are new to it and especially if you have little information to hand, so we want to help you make a start by taking small steps, beginning with a proven starting point known to you (eg. yourself, your parents or a grandparent).

Our Starter Packs can contain birth, marriage and death certificates, plus Census Returns sheets from 1841-1911 as appropriate. Pack prices are fixed and structured so that you can make affordable steps at any time to suit your needs.

Please click to see more about Starter Packs

By concentrating on the period from 1841, where there are the greatest number of available records, we can maximise your chances for some initial discoveries. However if, after an initial start, you want us to do more and there is an opportunity to go even further back, we can, as part of our research commission services shown below.

  

2. Research commissions within mainland UK

Research commissions go beyond the scope of a starter pack and where extensive research is more suitable over a longer historical period or a wider family spread. In such cases, we can agree affordable and progressive work based upon hourly rates.

2a) Personal research across the UK

This has proved to be very popular with our customers and is offered for private individuals who want help to find out more about their UK family history from approximately 1650 through to the mid 20th century. 

Research time is charged at just £13 per hour. If travel is necessary, it is charged at £7 per hour plus 30p per mile travelled. A working day will be up to a maximum of 10 hours. Additional charges will be made (at actual cost) for items such as parking, travel tickets, entrance fees, reading room fees, photocopies and accommodation/food expenses.  Relevant research purchases can be made and are charged at cost where receipts can be obtained.

Photography (including up to 10 photographs per location) is charged at £10 per location.

Reporting of research findings, production of a family tree (where applicable) and collation with any photographs is chargeable at a flat rate of £12 per hour (min 1 hour per report).  

GRO Certificates will be charged at £10 each (England and Wales) and £15.00 for Scottish certificates. Orders for certificates will not be placed without your prior consent.

2b) Personal research within Warwickshire / Leicestershire / Northamptonshire

UK Generations is ideally placed within the heart of a middle-England area that borders the Cotswolds to the south, industrial Coventry and Birmingham to the west, Leicester to the north and Northampton to the east. The majority of this area consists of a patchwork of countryside fields and villages, plus an abundance of historic buildings and places such as Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle, Althorp House, Royal Leamington Spa, Coventry Cathedral, the battlefields of Naseby and Bosworth, 18th century canals and Roman ruins.  Please see county maps    

We can reach most places within these counties in approximately 1-2 hours. That means we can spend several hours per day on your behalf seeking out local records from local sources such as county records offices, village churches and village libraries. It also means we can offer you location photography to update records-based information and show you how places that are important to your family's past look today.  In this respect, villages and small towns offer you the best chance to see where your ancestors lived, worshipped, worked and socialised.

Research charges  -  £50 for 4 hours (half-day) or £100 for 8 hours (full day).

Travel will be charged at 30p per mile plus £7 per hour travelled. Charges do not include receipted costs such as parking, entrance fees, reading room fees, photocopies, documentation of research or any agreed purchases.

Location photography is charged at the "Photography" rate shown in item 4 below. 

Reporting of research findings, production of a family tree (where applicable) and collation with any photographs is chargeable at a flat rate of £12 per hour (min 1 hour per report).  

GRO Certificates will be charged at £10 each (England and Wales) and £15 for Scottish certificates. Orders for certificates will not be placed without your prior consent.

 

3.  Charts for your Family Tree or a Special Event

Do you want a professional-quality colour chart of your family tree to display on wall ? 

Are you puzzling over how to give something different as a present at a wedding, anniversary, retirement or another special occasion ? 

We have the answer - a unique family tree chart that you can frame or mount.  Each chart can include a photograph of the person(s) being presented and suitable text to describe the occasion. Each tree contains the person(s) for whom the event is being commemorated, plus up to 3 earlier generations. The charts are printed in full colour on high quality photographic papers or in greyscale on parchment paper.

Please click to see some example charts. You do not need to have the exact designs shown in the examples, as the style can be adapted for any type of event. Headings and layout can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Assuming either that you can provide the relevant names and dates, or we have previously researched them for you, the cost of the charts are :-

A4 size  -  £22        A3 size  -  £29     (all plus postage)

Why not buy someone a voucher for one of our charts ?  See the Special Offers page for more details.

 

4.  Location Photography

Would you like to enhance your research with some current photographs of a particular house, street or general location ? 

The high quality of digital photography offers a wonderful opportunity to enhance basic family records information with current images of places that are special to your UK ancestry. All location photographs are taken at 8 Megapixel minimum resolution and are in jpeg format.   We offer two packages - Local and UK mainland

Once we've identified the place you want us to find, all we need is your confirmation of  the location (using Google Map or Microsoft Visual Earth Map) and then we're off !  We will take up to 10 photographs per location (more photos can be added at extra cost). The images will be emailed to you - either as zipped files using Winzip or lower-quality email attachments (you specify which is best for you).   Click for examples of our location photographs (please note that the website images are deliberately lower resolution in order to allow the site to function effectively). 

Local within  Warwickshire / Leicestershire / Northamptonshire 

£20 plus mileage for the first location, then £10 per location plus mileage for up to 4 more locations within one day. Receipted charges such as parking and entrance fees will be added at cost. Travel is charged at £0.40 per mile.

UK mainland  -  potentially anywhere within the mainland of England, Wales or Scotland. Because of the time and distances involved, charges have two basic elements :-

- Location photography  -  £10 per location

- Travel    -  £0.35 per mile plus £7 per hour travelled - for a maximum of 10 hours travel per day (plus receipted charges at cost, such as parking, entrance fees, accommodation/food expenses, etc).

 

Please note - For all locations, distances will be determined by those shown on Google Maps - plus 5 miles per daily journey to allow for diversions or other route differences not shown on Google Maps. 

  

 

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 Whatever you decide to choose from our services, please be assured that we will not carry out any work, or purchase any items, that is unreasonably beyond the remit of your order. For commissions, we will always endeavour to keep you updated with progress and we will seek your confirmation to continue to a new stage of work.    

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 * PLEASE NOTE -

Complete prices are shown for Starter Packs.  

Commissions can be agreed either as fixed prices or daily rates, according to the content and extent of the work you wish us to carry out. Please see the Conditions of Sale tab for further charges information.  

For any research orders, we ask for a non-refundable deposit before we begin work, as follows :-

£15 deposit for work valued between £30 and £60

£30 deposit for work valued between £60 and £150

£70 deposit for work valued between £150 and £250 

Deposit and payment details for orders and commissions over £250 will be agreed before we commence work.  

For items that require us to place orders and make payments to third parties, (for example certificates or prints), we request full payment from you in advance. In such cases, we will contact you to confirm agreement before placing orders.