Family Tree Research

What I Do

I help many clients with challenging and problematic family history’s as well as difficulties in tracing their family trees. Using online and offline resource, my expertise will provide you with the answers you are looking for. I have over 25 years of experience as well as a passion for helping you reach your family history objectives, no matter big or small.

1273539047_da8f11b72d_bYour Aims

The first step to achievement is working out how I can help you reach your goals and find those missing links. Are you hitting brick walls? You cannot get back any further than a particular person? I will find out from you the information that you already have and evaluate how much time the project will take, and explain what results can be expected.

Working Together

We are partners in this. I know that the finest way to help you reach objectives is to work as a team. We started by reviewing the research you’ve done. Then, we’ll share our findings along the way so you can ask questions, assess your goals, and see the progress we’ve made.

Lets get Started

My expertise offers research mainly from the following repositories and documents ordered from:

Cape Town Archives
Master of the High Court in Cape Town
Master of the High Court Johannesburg
Master of the High Court Pretoria
Pretoria Archives
Masters of the High Court Pretoria
Bloemfontein Archives
Pietermaritzburg Archives
Maitland Cemetery
Voters Rolls
Education Records
1820 Settlers
German Immigrant pre 1900
British Immigration
Early Cape History
Dutch Reformed Church Records
Anglican Church Records
ID Traces
Probate Research

 

Anything – please ask as I am sure I can do it !!

Before I engage in private research with you I will need to know the following answers before I begin

tea-cups-victorianHave you used a private researcher before? If so please provide evidence of findings as well as the researchers name as I don’t not want to repeat unnecessary research
Why do you want this research done? Is it purely for interest? Adoption?, medical reasons, family rumour, visa or immigration reasons, or long lost relatives?
Costs: These differ considerably from researcher to researcher and there is no hard and fast rule as to what the charges will be and nor is there a governing body that oversees them. When paying a researcher it is important to remember that you are not paying for the information as most of it is in the public domain but you are paying for there time, petrol, photocopying, parking, emails etc.

Each client has different needs so each research job is tailored specifically for that client.

Remember that you will be required to pay generally 50% upfront and the rest on completion

It is important to remember that a I will not always be able to find what you are looking for – if there are no records for your ancestors then there are none.

Don’t expect a me to provide you with a family tree going back to Adam and Eve, most families are lucky enough to have recorded documentation going back 100 years – more than that you are very lucky.

Pedigree, descendant and ascendant charts are also available on request at an additional cost which are provided in PDF format for printing.
High quality digital photographs are provided with results where possible as well as a written report

Please email me if are ready to trace your ancestors.