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A professional genealogical service helping you solve your family tree problems. Devon specialists.




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Hourly Research Service 

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You might like us to carry out specially tailored, hourly, research for you?


You can book as many hours of research as you like, and this may include desk research as well as archive and location research in Devon, or any combination of these. 


We charge the same rate for all types of hourly research, so it is easy to be flexible according to your needs. 

Please note that we do not trace living people.

Desk Research


Ever increasing numbers of original historical images and indexes are becoming available online. This now makes it possible to  research many post 1837, and a significant number of pre 1837 records online, in the office - without visiting the archives.


Large numbers of international records are also available online.


Where important material is located outside Devon and it isn't yet online, we will advise you of any further steps which may be taken.

Archive Research


We visit all of the three Devon record offices:  the Heritage Centre in Exeter, the record office in Plymouth and the record office in Barnstaple.  We can also visit any other the other archives and relevant repositories within the county.  These include the Devon Rural Studies Archive at Modbury, Plymouth City Library, Plymouth University, Exeter Cathedral Archives, Exeter University and Buckfastleigh Abbey.  

Location Research


We are always pleased to travel anywhere in Devon to carry out location research, whether this is a visit to a graveyard, a church, a house, a building, or to a village or town of relevance to your enquiry, just let us know what you require. 

Research Results


All research work undertaken includes a full analysis and a formal report (apart from minimum fee bookings of 4 hours - when our research results are communicated in an email).


Please note that one hard copy is provided, free of charge, on request for all bookings of 8 hours and over. However, most clients prefer to receive their reports in the form of an electronic PDF file.

Hourly Rate

We charge £43.00 per hour plus expenses for each of our hourly research services:  desk research, archive research in Devon and location research in Devon.


Minimum fee


Our minimum fee is £172.00 (4 hours), plus expenses.


Mileage and travel time charges


We charge mileage at the rate of 45p per mile. Travel time is charged at the rate of £10.00 per hour.




We do not charge VAT.




Clients are asked to pay a 60% deposit before any work is commenced, followed by the balance of 40% upon completion.


Please note that for minimum fee bookings (4 hours), we require payment in full in advance, and this applies to fees as well as any estimated expenses.


Terms and conditions


All commissions are subject to our standard terms and conditions.

Other Services


See the other services we offer. 


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