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Ancestral Deeds provides Genealogy, Family History, Biographical & Literary Research services and more to connect you with your past.

“I have and will continue to recommend [Ancestral Deeds] as an effective, reliable and thorough researcher… you won’t be disappointed.”

Jessica Xanthe Cran, Documentary Producer, New York

Services

Transcription & Translation

Transcription and Translation of documents dating from the Middle Ages to the Present Day (including Wills and Administrations, Title Deeds, Manorial Records, Ancient Petitions, Chancery Suits, etc.)…

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Detailed Genealogy & Historical Research

The work is carried out in 5 basic stages, which also apply to Local History, Theatre History, Literary, and Biographical Research…

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Archive Retrievals & Digital Photography

Archive Research and Document Copying – Record Finding (Census Listings, Civil Registration Certificates, Parish Register Entries, Court Rolls, etc.)…

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Charts & Summaries

Traditional Family Trees and Tailored Relationship Charts – customised orders are welcome.

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Editorial Services

All prose forms undertaken.

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Get in touch and discuss your needs

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Development of a targeted research strategy

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Carrying through the research

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Analysis of collected materials

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Written report in printed or electronic form

About

Period Covered

Mediæval, Tudor and Stuart Era Research; Theatre History and Document Deciphering from the Mediæval Era to the Present Day.

Fields Covered

Transcription of Early English and Scottish Documents; Transcription and Translation of Mediæval French and Latin; Genealogy and Family History, Theatre History, Local History, Biographical and Literary Research; Digital Photography of Documents, Gravestones, and Historic/Ancestral Locations; Family Tree Charting.

London Repositories Visited

Include the National Archives at Kew, London Metropolitan Archives, the Guildhall Library, City of Westminster Archives Centre, London Family History Centre, the British Library, the Society of Genealogists’ Library, Lambeth Archives, Lambeth Palace Library, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Hackney Archives, Greenwich Heritage Centre, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Publication History

(Non-fiction) Author in the fields of Literary & Theatre History, and Family & Local History, including “‘This Castle Hath A Pleasant Seat’: The Shakespearean Subtext to The Castle of Otranto” (article, English Studies in Canada, 1988); Coriolanus at the National: “Th’Interpretation of the Time” (book, Associated University Presses, 1990 — this work cited in multiple editions of the play and related works since its publication); “‘On Both Sides More Respect’: A Very British Coriolanus” (commissioned chapter for the book Coriolanus: Critical Essays, Garland Press, 1994); “Patrick Brontë’s Lost Landlords” (article, Brontë Studies, Vol. 33, March 2008); Eltham Through Time (book, Amberley Publishing, November 2013); Woolwich Through Time (book, Amberley Publishing, February 2014); Secret Southwark and Blackfriars (book, Amberley Publishing, February 2019).

Occasional contributor to Who Do You Think You Are Magazine U.K., answering Reader Questions, since 2014.

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Professional Memberships


Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
Society of Genealogists (SoG)
Delegate for The National Archives’ User Advisory Group 2014 – 2019, representing Mediæval Research.
Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)

 

Testimonials


‘I contacted Kristina via AGRA regarding an extremely last minute archival research task at The National Archives. Within an incredibly tight turnaround time Kristina managed to deliver above and beyond what we thought would be possible, supplying beautifully photographed images of financial rolls and accompanying Latin/Norman French translation for use in filming. She was an absolute delight to work with and communicated with us constantly to ensure her research was on brief. I would wholeheartedly recommend Ancestral Deeds and will certainly be in touch with Kristina again (hopefully in less stressful circumstances!). Many thanks from the team at Voltage TV – the shoot would genuinely not have been possible without you!’

Production Team, Voltage TV, London

“As someone who’s worked with Kristina on several different projects/ occasions, I have and will continue to recommend her as an effective, reliable and thorough researcher. With excellent communication skills and very reasonable rates, I can always count on her for swift responses and deliveries. If you work with Kristina, you won’t be disappointed.”

Jessica Xanthe Cran, Documentary Producer, New York

“Having used research individuals in England over the past 50 years, I have found many good ones, but the only excellent one was Kristina Bedford. She worked to help me find information leading to a book on my English ancestry. She has a rare combination of talent, knowledge and determination. From transcribing and translating ancient Latin to digging out records I never knew existed, she was always “spot on” with careful analysis, and helpful suggestions. On top of her many attributes, she is also one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. If you want the very best results, I would recommend using Kristina Bedford of Ancestral Deeds.”

Lee Hanchett, Maine, USA

“Kristina has been invaluable in assisting me with my research into the early modern England assize records. She has helped identify the relevant cases for my project, and transcribed word for word the medieval Latin text into English. I would highly recommend her services. She is a proficient and speedy translator, and a timely correspondent in respect of any and all research questions.”

Jane, Brisbane, Australia

“Kristina Bedford acted as a researcher for me on my book Richmond Unchained. She was exceptionally efficient and reliable. Her knowledge of research and archival sources was widespread and incredibly impressive and her research was invariably meticulous, thorough and enlightening. She found many sources of information that I would otherwise have never found or even known where to look for! Of all the researchers I have used or worked with she was without doubt the most impressive and I would not hesitate to recommend her to others.”

Luke Williams, London