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Welcome to my family history research website! From my Contact page you can ask for a FREE appraisal of the research you need and how I can help you to find out about your family history.

About is a family history business owned and run by me, Stephen Thomas, an expert professional genealogical researcher with 30 plus years of experience. I answer some of the toughest reader's questions in the Who Do You Think You Are? magazine which complements the worldwide television series of the same name. I answer questions from readers who have hit a genealogical "brick wall" and find themselves in desperate need of some guidance and help with research. Here is a guide to potential Royal ancestry I composed for Who Do You Think You Are?

I have appeared on a number of TV and radio programmes and series over many years and have written articles for many magazines. I have researched thousands of families and broken down numerous "brick walls". Testimonials available!

What I do:

I trace family trees and conduct people searches. I undertake professional family tree tracing and descending family history, research missing relatives and reunite families around the globe by way of genealogy searches. I mainly undertake British family trees which inevitably incorporates English, Scottish and Irish family history.

The price for this varies with the amount of research required but is based on £15 per hour. I usually say that a round of research consists of about 20 hours of my time, but in reality it always seems to be more!

From my Contact page you can ask me anything you wish about research, payment schemes or records. Here is an interview with me conducted by Gloria Hunniford on her TV show. Genealogyfreelancers incorporated this into their website and it is reproduced here should you be interested in my background:

As well as the featured products I can turn your information into a titled printed pedigree. There is also a low price DIY Genealogy option which allows you to carry out your own research guided by me as a personal mentor and tutor. Use my experience to find out how to ask questions of the huge databases that can now be found in the world of family history in a better way. If your ancestor should be in a particular record he probably is, but hidden by errors and variations.

This website also sets out to educate by explaining the origin and meaning of surnames in their various forms. On the individual pages there are lists and examples of family names you may have encountered during the course of research into your ancestry. Check them out, some are quite surprising!

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