About Family Research
At Family Research we help you connect to your ancestors through modern and traditional research techniques, using a mixture of on-line databases and archives.
Most people with an interest in family history will be familiar with on-line databases such as Ancestry and Find My Past but, at Family Research, we draw on many other on-line resources that may not be familiar to most hobbyist family historians.
With a network of fellow professional genealogists we are certain we have the right skill set to help you with your family history research, whether that is commissioning us to carry out the research for you or helping you overcome obstacles that prevent you completing your own research.
About Mark Petherbridge
Our lead researcher, Mark Petherbridge, has been involved in family history research for many years. After a long career in management in the chemical industry, he decided to become a professional genealogist and commenced a Masters degree through the University of Strathclyde. In 2021 he completed the first of three stages and has been awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogy. The Diploma course starts in October.
A keen photographer, Mark holds distinctions with both the Royal Photographic Society and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and is a photography competition judge.
He has also recently returned to one of his other passions of being a mobile DJ.
What we offer
Family history research has never been so popular or accessible. There is an increasing number of television shows and they usually make family history research seem to be as simple as entering a name into a database, pressing 'enter' and a complete history will appear. The reality is that there are many hours of research that goes on behind the scenes with frequent dead-ends, brick walls and rabbit holes encountered on the way.
At Family Research we do not have a magic wand that will give you that TV style solution but we do offer packages that will trace your ancestors on your mother's, father's or both lines. We can also help you overcome those dead-ends, go around that brick wall or rescue you from those rabbit holes. Check out our Services page for more information.