Recent years have witnessed the emergence of a great interest in our heritage.
More and more people are interested in discovering their roots. although not necessarily as some mockingly suggest, to discover possible family fortunes or hidden links with royal houses, and thereby facilitating access to titles they always believed were rightly theirs.
As memories fade or the older of our relatives die, essential information is often lost for ever. Or is it?
In government records, parish registers, graveyards, and in many other places, there are segments of information which when located, and pieced together, offer an extremely accurate and interesting profile of one’s family history. Here a problem presents itself which precludes many a man or woman from researching his or her family history. Time!
Time in many of our lives is in extremely short supply, and other demands allow insufficient time to undertake the painstaking research which might of necessity take us to the far ends of the country, even the world.
For a specialist researcher though, several histories may be researched during one trip to the appropriate archives or whatever, and since he or she will be paid for hours worked, there will be little worry over long hours researching, with not a bean to how for it.
Because costs can rise alarmingly due to these fruitless hours searching for marriages and births that have been inaccurately recorded by those before us, it is advisable to keep the customer informed of the progress made on his behalf, and where necessary inform the customer that further research is likely to be time-consuming and consequently costly.
He or she may then be content to accept what you already have discovered.
In the vast majority of cases it is relatively quick and easy to accurately present the details of the past few centuries since official records became mandatory. For many people, that information will in itself prove more than acceptable, and will almost certainly be more than they would have discovered for themselves.
The end product should be presented attractively and in an easy to understand way, perhaps with a family tree format to guide the customer through the maze of dozens of forebears who often bore common ancestral names through several generations.