UK Generations

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Family History Services

Whether you are new to family history or are an enthusiast looking to do more, UK Generations is here to help you.

For many people, knowing "where you came from" means looking back 3 or 4 generations. All too often that can be very difficult if your family didn't discuss great grandparents or you don't have photos or certificates, or a treasured family bible.

This may seem insurmountable with such a difficult starting point to overcome.  Not necessarily so !

Another difficulty could be for those of you who live outside the UK and have family knowledge or stories of distant relatives who emigrated from England, Scotland or Wales. The Internet may not be offering what you want to know and you are unable to get to the UK to visit a churchyard, a town or a village that may hold original documents and artefacts.

UK Generations can act as your research "eyes" and help you to see more of where your family lived and worked by visiting such locations. 

This page shows the current selection of genealogy services tailored for family historians at any stage. Alternatively, if you have something else in mind then please click on Contact Us 

1. Starting at the beginning

Where do you start ?  It may seem a daunting task if you are new to family research and especially if you have little information to hand. UK Generations can help get you through this by taking the first small steps, beginning with a proven starting point known to you (eg. yourself, your parents or a grandparent).

A Starter Pack is a flexible way to begin and can contain birth, marriage and death certificates, plus Census Returns sheets from 1841-1911 as appropriate. The research price is fixed at a modest £35 so that you can make that initial affordable step.

Please click to see more about the Starter Pack. 

The Starter Pack is only applicable to the period from 1841, where there are the greatest number of available records and where it can maximise your chances for some initial discoveries. If you  then want more work to be done and there is an opportunity to go further back in time or to expand on the initial details found, that's absolutely ok by moving on to a tailored research commission.


2. Research commissions within mainland UK

The ongoing Covid-19 epidemic across the UK significantly affects travel and access to records. Restrictions issued by the UK Government will be observed by UK Generations. 

Unless access to a research location has been opened, research will be carried out using online sources and our own library.

Much can still be done and the quality of our research will be maintained. It is only the extent of research that may be affected.


Research commissions go beyond the scope of a Starter Pack and provide research over a longer historical period and/or a wider family spread. In such cases, we would agree between us affordable and progressive work based upon hourly rates.

Research across mainland UK

This has proved to be very popular for finding out more about your UK family history from approximately 1650 through to the mid 20th century. 

Research time is charged at just £15 per hour. 

If travel is necessary, it is charged at £7.50 per hour plus 30p per mile travelled by car (or the cost of train/taxi fares). 

-  A working day is up to a maximum of 10 hours. 

-  Additional charges are made (at actual cost) for items such as parking, travel tickets, entrance fees, reading room fees, photocopies, accommodation/food expenses and relevant research purchases such as books.

-  Photography (including up to 10 photographs per location) is charged at £10 per location. Video can also be taken for you and is charged at £7.50 per hour (inclusive of the time taken for video shooting and editing).

-  Reporting of research findings, the production of a family tree (where applicable) and collation with any photographs is chargeable at a flat rate of £12 per hour (min 1 hour per report).  

-  GRO Certificates are charged at £12 each (England and Wales) and £15 for Scottish certificates. Orders for certificates will not be placed without your prior consent.

3.  Family Tree charts

Do you want a professional-quality colour chart of your family tree to display on wall ? 

The answer - a unique family tree chart that you can frame or mount.  Each chart can include a photograph of the person(s) being presented and suitable text to describe the occasion. Each tree contains the person(s) for whom the event is being commemorated, plus up to 3 earlier generations. The charts are printed in full colour on high quality photographic papers or in greyscale on parchment paper.

Please click to see some example charts. You do not need to have the exact designs shown in the examples, as the style can be adapted for any type of event. Headings and layout can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Assuming either that you can provide the relevant names and dates, or we have previously researched them for you, the cost of the charts are :-

A4 size  -  £25        A3 size  -  £30     (all plus postage)

4.  Location Photography and video

You may know of places, buildings or statues already but want to see what they look like now. 

The high quality of digital photography offers a wonderful opportunity to enhance basic family records information with current images. Photographs are taken at 8 Megapixel minimum resolution and are in jpeg format.  Videos are produced in mpeg4 format. 

Once the places you want found are identified and agreed between us (using Google Map or Microsoft Visual Earth Map) and then we're off !  Up to 10 photographs per location will be taken (more photos can be added at a small extra cost). The images will be emailed to you - either as zipped files using Winzip or lower-quality email attachments (you specify which is best for you).   Click for examples of location photographs (these are deliberately low res versions for illustration purposes). 

There are two packages - Local and UK mainland

Local  - within  Warwickshire, Leicestershire or Northamptonshire 

£20 plus mileage for the first location, then £10 per location plus mileage for up to 4 more locations within one day. Receipted charges such as parking and entrance fees will be added at cost. Travel by car is charged at 35p per mile.

Video can also be taken for you and is charged at £7.50 per hour (inclusive of the time taken for video shooting and editing).

Additional charges are made (at actual cost) for items such as parking, entrance fees and food expenses.

UK mainland  -  potentially anywhere within the mainland of England, Wales or Scotland that is beyond the Local area, above. Because of the time and distances involved, charges have two basic elements :-

-  Photography is £10 per location.  Video is charged at £7.50 per hour (inclusive of the time taken for video shooting and editing).

-  Travel is £7.50 per hour plus 30p per mile (if by car) or the cost of train/taxi fares for a maximum of 10 hours travel per day.

Additional charges are made (at actual cost) for items such as parking, entrance fees, reading room fees, accommodation, food expenses and relevant research purchases such as books.


Please note - For all locations, distances will be determined by those shown on Google Maps - plus 5 miles per daily journey to allow for diversions or other route differences not shown on Google Maps. 



Whichever services you decide to choose, please be assured that work will not be carried out - or purchases made - that are unreasonably beyond the remit of your order. Regular updates will keep you aware of progress and enable us to agree how to continue to a new stage of work.    


By agreeing for work to be done by UK Generations on your behalf, you consent to the storage and use of your personal details and research data by UK Generations. Please see Conditions of Service for more about GDPR.