HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHO YOU REALLY ARE?
In order for you to exist in your current form, it was not simply a matter of your parents meeting. It has required countless circumstances throughout the generations preceding you to shape you into the person you are today. Every circumstance has its own unique story, and this concept is applied to every individual, making each of us truly unique and our family history of equal interest.
Finding the right places to look when conducting historical research may be difficult, especially when you encounter a brick wall.
Fortunately, the introduction of parish records in 1538 and civil registration records in 1837 have been an important milestone. These records have enabled us to reconstruct family trees and establish connections with ancestors who were previously lost to history.
My passion has always been reviving the lives of individuals recorded in registers and other vital documents.
I enjoy exploring the periods of time between birth, marriage, and death in order to uncover the true essence of individuals. I conduct thorough research by examining available documents and analysing historical timelines. By studying the events that were taking place during your ancestor's time, I determine the potential impact these events may have had on their life.
Therefore, I am pleased to offer a personalised and tailored research service.
Transporting you back in time, I bring back to life the stories of your ancestors by presenting you with a meticulously documented and easily understandable report detailing your personal history.
Alternatively, picture yourself being presented with a unique one-of-a-kind book that beautifully captures and presents your life story. These items are not only an excellent gift but also a precious keepsake to be treasured by future generations.
I started tracing my family history in the late 90s. I had always been fascinated by local history and eagerly listened to the family stories of fortune, fame, achievements, and the occasional scandal.
Of course, stories have evolved over the generations, but I never grew tired of hearing about my ancestors. What I found most captivating was the discovery of documents that supported claims or corrected the stories I had been told.
I will always remember my very first trip to the London records office, which took place before the widespread expansion of the Internet. During this trip, I obtained my first vital certificates, which not only provided me with answers to puzzles but also gave me clues to find the next piece of information. Since then, I have been captivated and successfully discovered a previously lost family branch.
I have since successfully assisted numerous individuals in connecting with their past, reuniting lost relatives, and uncovering previously unknown family history.
After researching for over twenty years and the completion of online courses to improve my skills, I realised the importance of obtaining a formal qualification. As a result, I made the decision to enrol in the MSc/PgDip/PgCert programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.
I currently hold a Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies and am currently writing my dissertation of my final MSc. I am also an Associate of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA). This is an independent non-profit organisation and membership is granted through a rigorous assessment system. Applicants are required to undergo rigorous assessments of their knowledge, professionalism, and client care before being granted accreditation. It has a diligent code of practise and a complaint procedure with penalties.
Furthermore, I am also a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists. The Register of Qualified Genealogists maintains and publicly shares a comprehensive list of genealogists who have obtained a recognised qualification in the field of genealogy and related practices.
I am fully insured and registered, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.
I am also a member of many local history societies both locally and nationally.
I provide a complimentary introductory interview where we can thoroughly discuss your specific requirements. After this interview, you will also receive one hour of free research to ensure the viability of your project. I understand the value of time and money, and I want to make sure that our research efforts are focused on endeavours with a higher likelihood of success. However, it's important to acknowledge that everyone has a unique history, and there is always something worth discovering.
The hourly rate for historical research in England, Scotland, and Wales starts at £25.00.
I provide a research service that is charged on an hourly basis. Additionally, I offer a discount for clients who book and pay for a total of 10 hours of research in advance.
Once the interview and research period are complete, I will furnish you with a quotation, along with the corresponding terms and conditions. I kindly request that each 10 hours of research be agreed upon and paid for in full, or alternatively, a 50% deposit be made before I can begin conducting any research. A 10% discount will be provided for every 10 hours paid in full.
During the research period, I will provide regular progress updates and propose additional areas for development.
I will create a comprehensive PDF narrative report for you, tailored to your specific needs. This report will be fully referenced and will typically follow a narrative format, incorporating a timeline that connects your relatives' lives to British history. This will help provide a contextual understanding of their experiences.
Furthermore, you have the option to order a hardback book of your report, which includes your own photos and documents, for an additional cost of £45.00. This would serve as a delightful keepsake.
We can also provide a family scroll displaying your family tree for an additional cost of £30.00.
There are examples available for discussion during the interview.
(Additional copies can be purchased for other relatives)
I currently offer.
Family tree research
Brick walls and lost relatives
Illegitimacies and uncovering parentage
My specialism is Victorian history and all that comes with it including legal records, criminal records, parish and poor law, and workhouse records.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me for an informal conversation. I am always delighted to engage in conversations about intriguing or perplexing mysteries.
Additional charges will incur for necessary travel to and from archive centres, graveyards, addresses, and other places of interest.
45 p per mile for travel
Parking as required.
There will be additional costs associated with purchasing certificates and other necessary documents. Once the research is completed, these items will become your property.
Certificates vary between £7-£11.00 but To find out the current cost of certificates, please refer to the GRO website at https://www.gro.gov.uk/
Prior to placing an order, it is necessary to agree on any additional costs.
Working with you I am able to discover your requirements and explain my findings. I have professional memberships and many resources available as well as the experience that would help me when you may have hit a wall with research
I offer attention to detail and a professional service.
An assessment form will need to be completed free of charge prior to the commencement of work or any payment taken, if for any reason I am unable to help I will be able to tell you at this stage or direct you to the necessary organisations that will be able to help.
Genealogical research varies but in general will take 4-6 weeks.
I am best placed to research British records but have undertaken research for other countries. An assessment form will need to be completed prior to a project commencement. This will be free of charge. Once assessment has taken place I will require a £50 deposit to commence research.
I will endeavour to go back as far as possible. Civil registration began in 1837 but records were usually kept by parishes much further back. Parish records are usually less accurate therefore realistically research records will probably date back to the early 1700's. Progress will vary depending upon the survival, condition and availability of records.
“I had spent many years without success trying to identify my biological father with only a photograph to work on.
However, this age old problem was solved when Julie came on board to help me. Utilising her excellent analytical skills, including DNA data, she traced my paternal linkage from the 1820s until the present day. She kept me fully informed of progress with good communication skills.
Without hesitation. I would highly recommend Julie to anyone seeking answers to their family history and/or heritage.”
Alex Sibbald (New Zealand)
“I was adopted as a baby and at age 63, following my sister making enquiries about her birth family, I decided to explore finding details about my birth family.
Julie at Back-to-your-roots encouraged me and suggested I do a DNA spit test to assist in finding connections in my Tree, as I had no idea where to start.
I applied to get records from Social Services at the Council, but that took time. In the meantime, Julie had done some research and thought she had found two possible families. When eventually I managed to get my birth surname, it matched one of the family trees Julie had found. Then the miracle occurred, on 11 June 2019, a match came back for my DNA test, a possible second cousin in Canada. I contacted them by email and discovered that her father was my cousin and that she knew my mother and also informed me I had two full blood siblings. My birth father had later married my mother. Everything happened quickly and by the following day I was speaking to my Sister and then my Mother. On 20 June, only nine days later I travelled to see my mother and brother and two days after that my sister.
Without Julie’s help and advice this may never have happened. She not only produced my family tree, which all my new-found family were given copies, but enabled me to meet my mother sixty-three years after she had to give me up for adoption, and siblings and their families. We all meet up now regularly and have been on holidays together.
I have since met many of my cousins including my cousin from Canada and his daughter, with whom I DNA matched.
I totally recommend Julie’s Back-to-your-roots business to help you discover your roots.”
Robert Whitehead (Suffolk, UK)
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I would like to extend an invitation for you to continue visiting my website for regular updates on my book. The book explores the life of a Victorian lady and the numerous challenges she encountered during a period of significant societal transformations. Take into account the sacrifices she made and the hardships she endured throughout her life while living in a rural county, especially during the most influential, transformative, and demanding years that England experienced. The book chronicles her life from 1856 to 1935, during which she witnessed significant events such as the reigns of five monarchs, the establishment of policing and compulsory education, the introduction of electricity, the First World War, and numerous other notable firsts for the country.
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