Detailed Genealogy & Historical Research

The Process

The work is carried out in 5 basic stages, which also apply to Local History, Theatre History, Literary and Biographical Research (with adjustments made to the final report as appropriate) – updates are provided via email throughout:



Analysis of existing material
 (both for verification and to avoid duplication)


Development of a targeted research strategy


Carrying through the research


Analysis of collected material


Written Report,* in printed or electronic form, as
 preferred, to include:

  • full details of all records searched, whether
 results were positive or negative
  • copies of all documentation collected
 (certificates, digital images, etc.)
  • family tree chart(s) and illustrations
  • suggestions for future research
  • optional electronic database in gedcom
 format, for importing to home computer
 genealogy programmes

*The Sample Report (on the Victorian stage-performer
 Edward Richard Wright) has a mixed form, to illustrate
 the variety of avenues open to research; the standard
 genealogy format corresponds to those paragraphs
 detailing birth, marriage and death events, census listings,
 and wills, while alternate sections draw on newspaper
 articles, playbills, posters, and other professional
 records, to flesh out the subject’s life story as well as family history.