Student Area

We started teaching family history three years ago in Birmingham, England. Word quickly grew and now we are teaching family history classes across the West Midlands. Outlined below is information about the work we do and the services we can offer.

Personal Tuition
Research Services

We offer a full range of courses, workshops, talks, lectures and study days aimed at all people from absolute beginners to the more experienced.

Courses - (Currently only England and Wales)
We have developed a series of courses catering for the absolute beginner to the more experienced. We have 5 courses in total, each course lasting for a period of 10 weeks with a 2 hour session each week.

To view a summary of the content of the first course 'A beginners Guide to Family History' click here. For detailed information about any of the other courses or day schools please contact us.

Part 1 (overview)
A Beginner's Guide to Family History
Level: Absolute Beginner
Part 4
Tracing your Ancestors - Further Steps
Level: Intermediate
Part 2
Tracing your Ancestors - Basic Sources
Level: Beginner
Part 5
Tracing your Ancestors - Advanced Steps
Level: Advanced
Part 3
Tracing your Ancestors - Next Steps
Level: Intermediate

We provide day schools for people wanting to trace their family history in any of the following countries:
- Scotland
- Ireland
- Caribbean
- England and Wales.
We also carry out workshops in any of the 50 topics that we cover in our courses.

Consultancy ^back to top^
Family History Detectives can provide individuals or organisations with a wide range of family history related consultancy services, helping individual clients get the most out of their research and assisting organisations in developing their resourses and skill base.

Over the past few years we have been involved in a number of projects such as the Wordsley Glass Initiative and the Telford Commemoration of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Amongst other things, we are currently working in partnership with the Birmingham Library Service on a Project entitled "History On Your Doorstep" encouraging people to use their local library to trace their family history.

Personal Tuition ^back to top^
We offer individually tailored, personal tuition on tracing your ancestors. Please contact us for more details of this service.

Research Services ^back to top^
We offer a Family History Research Service which can conduct research on your behalf. We cannot do your whole family tree but we can help you with researching a particular person, or if you are experiencing a research problem. We can carry out general research and also specific research in the locality where we are based in Central England.

To help get you started we have provided links to all the archives we can visit. We would suggest that if you have an ancestor who lived in one of the following areas, click on the archive and see what records they have:

Birmingham City Archives
Birmingham Archdiocesan Archives
Coventry History Centre
Dudley Archives
Leicestershire Record Office
Lichfield Record Office
Modern Records Centre
Nottinghamshire Archives
Sandwell Archives
Shakespeare Archives
Shropshire Archives
Walsall Local History Centre
Warwickshire County Record Office
Wolverhampton Archives
Worcestershire Record Office

Now that you've seen the records you can either visit the archive yourself or we can do it for you.

If you decide on the latter email us first with your request, question or problem. Then if you decide to go ahead with the research you will need to fill out an application.

To apply for research to be undertaken on your behalf, download and complete the application form found here
(PDF format)
Click here to download research application form

To read this form you will require Adobe Reader™ which can be downloaded here

What will you get?
Following our research, you will receive a written report containing a listing of all the sources checked on your behalf and a transcript or copy of the information relevant to your particular enquiry. You should normally receive your report within a month of your original enquiry. We will tell you if we are unable to provide the information you have requested or if it cannot be found within the time for which you have paid.

What do I need to include in my application?
The application form is self explanatory. Keep your request simple and specific. If you need more than one piece of information, let us know which is the most important, in case there is not enough time to find everything. Tell us if you've already used other internet genealogical resources (e.g. the International Genealogical Index).

What will it cost?
The charge for a search will be calculated at the following rates:

Time taken for research
Cost per hour (or part thereof)
up to 5hours
over 5 hours
Contact us for price

Cost includes charges for report writing, postage and administration, as well as copies of up to six documents, if we find anything of interest. The minimum fee is for an hour's work. Please note that if we need to order certificates this will not be included in the hourly rate. You will need to pay for these separately.

We will tell you if we are unable to provide the information you have requested or if it cannot be found within the time for which you have paid.

Click here to view our Terms and conditions

If you require any further information or clarification about any of the work we do please contact us and we will be delighted to assist you.

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