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KATHERINE COBB Family History Research Service


Whilst specialising in genealogical research in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire in south-west England and London, Hertfordshire and Essex in the south-east, projects in any part of England, Wales and Scotland may be undertaken.  

Each piece of research is tailored to your individual requirements; research requests may be anything from short searches of parish registers (minimum charge, one hour) to complex research resulting in a full family history.  Research is charged at a competitive hourly rate and includes a comprehensive written report.

For those who simply require the supply of certificates, census entries and wills, a basic, set-fee service is available.


Family history packages are available for those wishing to commission a professionally-researched family history.  A number of packages are available to meet different requirements and budgets.

Please note that a lead time of three months applies to these packages, although a shorter timescale is sometimes possible.


Many people begin researching their roots using online resources.  Whilst it is exciting to find an ancestor’s birth, or to locate a great-aunt in a census return, most people will have had mixed results from their searches.  Perhaps an ancestor apparently vanished from the census returns or you are unable to trace a particular marriage. Others may have reached the point where they do not know how to progress further, or want to discover more about the lives of their ancestors.

For those who wish to learn how to use online resources more effectively, or who would like to know how to take their research further, a research advice service is available, by email, tailored to your individual needs.