UK Family History Research


Contact: Dr John Crossley, , 07923 293339

I offer assistance with family history research, both the actual investigations, and/or drawing of custom charts; based on over 20 years of experience of investigating my own family and assisting other people. There are two common research goals:

1. To identify related people of one surname. Trace a family back to a distant ancestor, then add details of descendants, generally restricted to those of the same surname, else the number of people is liable to become too large.

2. To identify direct-line ancestors of a person. This task is usually more time-consuming than tracing descendants since generations are more likely to be resident in different locations, and each family has their own naming patterns, which often need to be studied in order to establish the correct lineage.
It is usually relatively straightforward to trace back to the mid/late 1700s, at least in England and Wales; Scottish records are more variable in extent and date, while records from Ireland are much more limited.

Relationships are depicted in charts (supplied in PDF format), enabling complete customisation of layout, style and content, free of the restrictions when using commercial software or genealogy websites.

Example Charts

Typical descendant chart

Typical descendant chart

Cost: £25 if the information is supplied, £69 if the information needs to be researched, both for up to 80 people, with a proportionate increase for additional people. The price is for the chart; for an extra £30 a document listing sources can be supplied, including screenshots of selected records. More example charts: 1, 2, 3.

Typical ancestor chart - five generations, back to the 32 great-great-great grandparents

Typical ancestor chart

Cost: £69 if the information is supplied, £25 if the information needs to be researched. Plus £30 for the accompanying document.

Prices are based at a general rate of £13 per hour. Prices assume all information is online; ordering wills, certificates, etc, would be extra.

More information: types of family tree charts, research methods


Liz, Australia: I am absolutely thrilled with the Crossley tree that I have received! Thank you so much.

Sarah, Clitheroe: Wow that's fantastic thank you! Can't believe you did that so quickly!

Kerry: Im still trying too get my head around finding such a big family tree its great thanks again

David: I sincerely appreciate all the hard work you put into this. My family had no idea of our lineage; you've made my 93 old grandmother extremely happy

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For more information please contact Dr John Crossley at or text/telephone 07923 293339
Crossley family index page