Research in archives
Back in 1992 when I began researching family history, almost all research involved travelling to archives and going through records by hand. Even today it is often still necessary to visit archives in person to patiently trawl through original documents or microfilmed copies. I am fortunate in living within easy reach of London where there are several major archives which hold collections of national as well as local relevance. These include:
The County Record Offices of Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire are also within travelling distance. Where research needs to be undertaken in an archive located elsewhere in the country, I may be able to visit in person or where more practical I can usually commission other carefully-selected colleagues to assist.
Indexes, catalogues, and an ever-increasing amount of primary source material are available online. I have subscriptions to the major English databases. Getting the best out of these resources requires a good understanding of the records, as well as skill in finding and using electronic sources. My training as a professional information scientist makes me particularly well-equipped to undertake this kind of research.
Please don't hesitate to contact me to see how I can help you with your research.
Your report is not only soundly researched but meticulously presented and annotated. I would recommend you to anyone who wants to learn about their family history.
~ Oliver R. (Enfield, London)
I needed someone to be my 'eyes' at the London Archives and other places of historic records. Family Folios have always provided the details I had been searching for or, if not, then a report would be forthcoming with the reasons as to the failure to progress any further. I have been very happy with the results of all my requests to Family Folios.
~ Helen T. (Australia)
A great deal of information was found and in a lot of detail and so I was very happy with the experience and will do more in the future. The work produced was both prompt and reliable. The texts and reports were clear, detailed and professionally presented.
~ Kevin D. (Hertfordshire)
Dear Angela, I would like to say than you very much from both me and my mum. Mum now knows why she knew nothing about her grandparents and some things have now fallen into place for her.
~ Gina K. (Kent)
I was impressed with your depth of knowledge and the way you freely shared the research options. I was pleased with the way you were able to check and verify some of my own initial research as well as obtaining additional information. I was also grateful for the suggestions for ongoing research. You have rekindled my interest in pursuing my forbears and I am sure we will talk again, when I get stuck or need some more help.
~ Terry D. (Hertfordshire)