Research Services

Graham and Emma Maxwell are experienced Scottish genealogists who visit the National Records of Scotland and other archives on a regular basis and can conduct research for you there. Tree Health Check

Most of our clients are researching their own family tree but need some help from time to time. Some worry that they may have make an error in their research so before they proceed and potentially waste time and money they ask us to check their research. We are now offering a two-hour Tree health check. It’s simple, you share your family tree with us and tell us which section you want us to focus on. We spend two hours checking it and let you know if we notice any errors. We will also let you know how much of your tree we were able to check for you. If you want to expand the search you can, or you can simply carry on with your research.

The introductory price for this service is £40. Add to cart now and we will get in touch to do the Health Check!

We may be able to work with your family tree in other formats, please email us to discuss the options.

Brickwall Research

Graham and Emma specialise in helping people overcome a problem in their family tree. Hiring a researcher doesn’t have to mean they do it all for you. Just like when you are renovating a house, you may be happy to do most of the work yourself but from time to time you need to call in the experts to help you out.

To help things along it is best if you send information on the research you have already done, along with supporting documents and a list of sources you have already looked at. Also include a specific question, what do you want to achieve?

Graham and Emma have a high success rate in overcoming problems that have had families stumped for years. Their consultancy service is designed to help you overcome a problem and know which way to head next so you can continue on your journey of discovery. Email Emma with details of your family tree and she will be in touch as soon as possible.

Full Research Service

As well as helping individuals to research their family tree Graham and Emma can research the whole thing for you and present you with a report and a family tree chart. See their website for more details.

Quick Lookup

Do you need a quick lookup but live too far away from where the records are held? Perhaps you are struggling to find a Scottish birth, marriage or death record because your ancestor has a common name. Save your Scotland’s People credits and get Graham to search for you.

The National Records of Scotland (formerly known as the National Archives of Scotland) has an excellent online catalogue. Perhaps you have come across something you want to search but live in New York or Brisbane. For a small research fee Emma can search for the document you need and provide high quality digital photographs.

Sadly not all archives allow digital photography yet, but most provide some kind of copying facility. Our standard fee, which includes PayPal fees, copy charges and travel expenses is 25 pounds per hour. Here are a list of archives and minimum fees.

National Records of Scotland - 15 pounds for 30 minutes research.

Scotland's People Centre - 15 pounds for 30 minutes research.

Dumfries and Galloway Archives at the Ewart Library, Dumfries - 50 pounds for two hours of research.

Scottish Borders Archives at the The Heritage Hub, Hawick - 50 pounds for two hours of research.

National Library of Scotland - 25 pounds for one hour of research.

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