Research

Genealogic provides a full research service for genealogy, family history, and general historical enquiries.
  
Flexibility is important with our service. We provide research for all requirements. Are you a complete beginner looking for help with your family tree research?  Or are you experienced in family history, but need specific information from London archives? Either way, we can help.
  

Whatever your research requirements, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Based in London, Genealogic has the wealth of the capital's historical resources close to hand.

Please contact us to discover how we can help you to find your ancestors. Follow emmajolly on Twitter 


Writing

Emma Jolly's latest book, My Ancestor was a Woman at War, is published by the Society of Genealogists and can be bought there, from the online bookshop or in your local store. See the Articles and Books page for reviews and more.

  

Read Emma's related guest post on the words of women in India for Chris Paton's British GENES blog.

An interview with Emma about the book is featured in Issue 26 of Your Family History magazine

Emma is a regular blogger for
Deceased Online, a useful website for family historians, with extensive burial and cremation records. The blog can be read at http://deceasedonlineblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Article on using poll books in family history in January 2014 issue of Family Tree magazine.

Review of a new version of the classic Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India (OUP, 2013) in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (September 2013)

Tracing British Home Children in Discover Your Ancestors periodical (July 2013)



Article on how to get the most out of the census online for Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (December 2012)

Article on the V&A Theatre Archive and researching theatre ancestors in Family Tree magazine (December 2012)

Recent article on children and young people in family history for FGS Forum (Summer 2012), the magazine of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

Recent blogpost on the use of imperial names by the working classes

Guest blog for FIBIS: In Memory of Mothers Who Died Young

Article in March 2012's Family History Monthly on the history of women in local government

Reader Story in September 2011's Who Do You Think You Are magazine features client, Dave Brown, and his amazing discoveries about his family's Irish and Indian past


Guest blog for Kith and Kin Research on the first Indian MPs: Dadabhai Naoroji andSir Mancherhee Bhownaggree

For more on London parishes not on ancestry, see the Genealogic blog, Diary of an Urban Genealogist

Family History Updates
  • WWI War Diaries and other material now available online via The National Archives:
  • Fascinating article in The New York Times (15 March 2013) reveals the relationship between children's emotional health and their family history knowledge: "The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. The “Do You Know?” scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness."
  • Hundreds of Army, Navy, RAF and Indian Civil Service Lists have been uploaded to the archive.org website by the National Library of Scotland. This gives free and easy access to these essential military history records. The records can be accessed via http://archive.org/details/nationallibraryofscotland
  • TNA: more than 300,000 naturalisation records from the HO 334 series (date from 1870 to 1980) have been catalogued. Where duplicate certificates were not kept, between 1969 and 1980, descriptions have been added to the indexes in HO 409 instead. The records are easy to search by name at Discovery.
  • British Empire records: former colonial administration records have been 'migrated' from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to TNA.
      These include records from Aden,    Anguilla, Bahamas, Basutoland. Bechuanaland, British Indian Ocean Territories, Brunei, Cyprus, Kenya, Malaya, Sarawak and Seychelles.
  • Local newspapers from across the UK are now fully-searchable online at the British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ . Scanning is continuing, so check back if you have not yet found your ancestors.
  • Ancestors in the USA? New website www.censusrecords.com features records from 1790 to today.
    Transcriptions for the 1790-1840 censuses can be viewed here for free.
  • Ancestors in Australia? Try excellent website Trove.
  • Irish ancestors and more can be found in the new Liverpool Roman Catholic records on ancestry. Do be aware that some of the names have been Latinized (eg James appears as Jacobi). Take time to search through the database.
  • PROBATE NEWS: Ancestry.co.uk has now added Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills as well as the England & Wales National Probate Index of Wills & Administrations 1858-1966. 

The indexes help identify deaths and some beneficiaries. A full copy of the post 1858 wills/ admon.s + grant costs £6 and can be obtained from probate registries, including the Principal Probate Registry [PPR] in London. Do note, however, that PPR is no longer running a one hour collection service and searches of probate calendars now take place at Court 38 in the Royal Courts of Justice (Mon-Fri 9am-1pm; 2-4pm). Please contact me if you would like a copy obtained, or if you would like a search made of the indexes from 1966 to date.


London and England

Genealogic is based in London and research is done regularly in many London archives. Please note that the Family Records Centre is now closed. However, many of its resources can now be found online at www.ancestry.co.uk.
Post 2005 birth, marriage and death indexes are held at the British Library.

Copies of the indexes, including ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages from 1837 – 2008’, ‘Overseas from 1761 – 2008’, ‘Civil Partnerships from 2005 – 2009’, ‘Adoptions from 1927 – 2009’, and the provisional indexes for ‘Births and Deaths from 2009 to June 2010', are available to consult at: Manchester City Library, Birmingham Central Library, Bridgend Reference and Information Library, Plymouth Central Library, City of Westminster Archives Centre, London Metropolitan Archives and The British Library.
We can check entries in these indexes for you. For more information on GRO records see www.direct.gov.uk


 If you have London/Greater London/ Middlesex ancestors If you require research at National Institutions
 
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • Camden, Islington & Hackney Archives
  • Guildhall Library
  • City of Westminster Archives Centre
 
  • The National Archives
  • Society of Genealogists
  • British Library (India Office Records)
  • Principal Probate Registry (Wills and Administrations post-1858)
  • Institute for Historical Research
  • Library and Museum of Freemasonry
  • other lesser known archives for specific occupations, religious groups etc.

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More information is provided on our services, the qualifications of genealogist, Emma Jolly, and full contact information.