Andrew Derbyshire, Manchester
I searched the internet for a genealogist to research my family tree.
I chose to use Family Tree Genie as there was lots of good feedback from previous clients.
I was kept well informed regarding the progress that David was making through frequent and informative emails and phone chats.
The completed research was well presented in a professionally printed paperback book in colour.
It came with a family tree chart which is very clear and will be framed.
I ordered three copies of each so they would be presents for my two brothers.
I thought the cost was reasonable considering the amount of research completed as well as the quality of the finished report.
I would not hesitate to contact David again if I needed more research about further branches of the family.
I have already recommended David to several people including my sister-in-law.
A most enjoyable lunch was the backdrop to the handover at a mutually convenient venue.
Ted Mitchell, Lower Withington, Cheshire
“David has done a fantastic job and we’re delighted with our family tree. He managed to uncover so much about our ancestors.
“We didn’t expect him to go back in time as far as he did. We are thrilled with the result and this will make a wonderful present for our grandchildren when we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary next year. Thank you so much David.”
Andrew Parr, St Helens
“I had wanted to trace my family tree for some time and found Family Tree Genie with a Google search. I looked at others but David stood out. I liked the fact that he is retired and had decided to make genealogy a job as well as a hobby – this suggested to me that he enjoyed undertaking a challenge and was ultimately the reason why I chose him.
“I found him professional in the way he communicated and presented everything. David kept me informed of his progress throughout and I was intrigued and excited as he revealed snippets along the way.
“I really enjoyed the handover meeting when David revealed the full story, presented in a folder with accompanying documentation – it completed the whole experience.
“I believe David’s work was well worth the money. I would not have received such a personal service using a large company. I can’t thank David enough.”
Nick Marsh, Knutsford
“I have been researching my family tree for the last 10 years, in fits and starts, focusing on my four grandparents. Over the years I have amassed a large amount of information but realised last year that I needed professional help to pull it all together, and also hopefully discover more information in that process.
“I felt I needed to find a local researcher so that we could meet, hand over my information and seek advice with regard to the best way to present it to family members. Some of my ancestors moved to Australia in the early twentieth century, and I was particularly keen to prepare suitable family trees to give distant cousins, with whom I am in touch, on a recent visit to Australia. My own children are also keen to have charts for themselves.
“I found Family Tree Genie as a local service on the Internet and was delighted to meet David. His advice from the start was most helpful, and once he started his research he was able to find, and prove, my father’s family back yet another generation to the mid 18th century. Over a period of some months David prepared suitable charts which I had printed and took to Australia, and in addition, wrote the story of our family for all my grandparents. Although I had provided much of the research information I could not have presented it in such a clear and concise manner.
“I still require more charts for various other family members, including my sister for her 70th birthday, and will be in touch with David again later this year for his help and guidance. I have found his service quite excellent, at a very sensible price, and I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.”
Adele Appleton, Cheshire
“I recently used Family Tree Genie to research my family history for my mother’s 80th birthday present. I wanted a local company so we could meet up if necessary and it was also good to find someone who knew the area.
“From my very first enquiry David phoned me or emailed me on a regular basis with updates as to what he had found. It was so exciting finding out little snippets of information about my ancestors. He even went to some local churchyards and cemeteries looking for headstones – then took photos and sent them to me, which was fascinating.
“The finished product was a complete, beautifully presented binder of my mother’s family history dating back to 17th century and she was thrilled with it.”
Michael McGuirk, Wigan, Lancashire
“I found David online whilst looking for a unique Christmas gift for my father. I was really impressed with his website and after initial contact, I was confident David was the right person for the job.
“Despite it being late November, David went out of his way to produce our family tree in time and he managed to go back as far as 1820. On receiving his gift, my father was over the moon and really happy.
“We can’t thank David enough for his hard work to ensure we got this sorted before Christmas. I’d highly recommend Family Tree Genie to others as David’s service was friendly, reliable and professional.
“I also couldn’t believe how easy it was, as I only had to supply birth and marriage certificates and David did all the rest! Thanks so much for helping us make my father’s Christmas extra special!”
Karen Sharpes, London
“I have wanted to research my family history for years, but it takes a lot of time and I am always too busy. But my mother’s 80th birthday coming up in March finally spurred me to do something about it and it will make an ideal present as she has always longed to have her family tree researched. And it’s a very unique and personal gift too!
“As our family comes from Cheshire, I searched for a Cheshire-based genealogist, hoping that their local knowledge and expertise would be helpful – it certainly was!!
“From the moment David began the research, he kept me up to date on an ongoing basis revealing his discoveries and progress but without bombarding me with multiple emails or phone calls!
“David was very willing to make visits to local cemeteries and other points of interest, taking photographs as and when possible. I hadn’t expected this and really appreciated the extra level of interest added to the final report, which was very comprehensive and much more detailed than I thought it would be.
“For years I have wanted to do this research and David has managed to do in a matter of weeks what would have taken me an absolute age to sort. I consider the research to be very good value and I am now getting further research done on my father’s side of the family!
“I found David’s services to be great value for money and I would recommend Family Tree Genie to anyone who has the urge to find out more about their ancestors and family history!”
Mrs AT, Maldon, Essex
“After my father wanted to know more about his past, I thought I would find someone to do it as time is something I do not have much of.
“I went online and contacted three companies that possibly suited my needs. On emailing them, one sent a booklet, one sent an email with a price list (very expensive!) and Family Tree Genie contacted me, leaving a number to call. On speaking to David, I found him to be friendly and honest, and so chose him. He kept in constant contact with his finds and updated me as to which certificates he needed to get or had received.
“It was so nice to speak to a person who cares. I have already recommended him to a friend and will do so to many more, as the work and communication are exemplary. Fantastic service, David, thank you so much!”
Brian Warren, Lancashire
“I found David online and it was the first and last website I looked at. We started chatting over email and David very kindly contacted me, even though he was on holiday. David was very keen, responsive and friendly. His services exceeded my expectations and it wasn’t at all a hassle.
“He did absolutely everything for us and managed to resolve some family queries we’d always had. He uncovered some fascinating facts about our ancestors and we really can’t thank him enough. We’ll be working with David again to discover even more about our family tree.”
Mrs V O-J, Knutsford
“I have been delighted with Family Tree Genie. Throughout the whole process David has been highly efficient, reliable and made regular contact to keep me updated on progress. He has responded very promptly to any queries
“I have had and provided excellent value for money. He has been able to answer and satisfy many questions about my family we had been curious about for years.
“His expertise enabled me to gain information about my 4 times Great Granddad born in 1810. We kept the research a secret from my mum and it will make a fantastic Christmas gift for her. I personally have found the experience very exciting and compelling and would recommend Family Tree Genie to anyone wishing to research their ancestors. I would like some day to research another family line and I would definitely use Family Tree Genie again.”
Chris Sutton, Macclesfield
“After researching several companies online, I chose David at Family Tree Genie because he was very friendly and responsive to my enquiry. He was also reasonably priced and easy to work with.
“He took a sincere interest in my family tree and went above and beyond expectations, providing much more information than anticipated and going all the way back to 1640. If anyone is considering researching their own family tree, they should definitely hire David.”
Jane Mairs, Cheshire
“I found Family Tree Genie through Google as I was looking to have my husband’s family tree traced as a present for his birthday. David did all the research and compiled the tree and presented me with a full tree printed on canvas, all the information on DVD and a folder containing all relevant certificates.
“I was so pleased with the result that I then had him do the same for my family tree and again was thrilled with the results. I would have no hesitation in using Family Tree Genie again or in recommending their services to others.”