Initial Free Consultation and Costs for Family Research

At Trace Your Ancestry I realise the importance of good communication so that both clients and I can be sure that I'm the right person carry out the relevant research.


Because of this I offer to all prospective clients enquiring about Family Research up to half an hours free advice when we can discuss what it is hoped to achieve, what the research might entail, what information the client may, often unknowingly, already have.


That consultation is without obligation on either side; if you do not think I am the right person you are under no obligation and if for any reason I do not wish to continue with the work I will not be obliged to take instructions from you. If the reason is that I do not think anything will be gained by pursuing your quest I will tell you.


I will also tell you if I think that another researcher would be better placed to do your research, because of their knowledge about a particular time period, record, or geographical area.


To take advantage of the  Initial Free Consultation go to Contact Me and send a message or e mail me at


Costs and Charges

For instructions received after 29 August 2019

Type of Work. 

Hourly Rate 
Online Research   £35
Archive Research  (with a minimum time of 3 hours research time in any one archive or repository)    £35
Transcription of document in old handwriting   £35
Analysing a document or record  £35
Preparing a report or drawing a family tree  £35

Travel charged at cost but not to exceed the cost of travel by public transport

Travelling to an archive  or travel for other purposes e.g. to photograph a memorial or building  £20
Personal attendances by meeting telephone, chatroom or any other medium not being part of the free initial consultation.  £35
All work connected with tracing living/likely living persons  £45

For probate work, and other work relating to any legal claim or proceedings different terms and costs apply, please enquire


For a printed pedigree prices vary depending on size and quality of paper/canvas. Please enquire.


For a report within a springback binder like the one shown on this site an adddtional cost is incurred, please enquire. Printing charges please enquire. Postages except for standard correspondence is charged at cost.

After the free consultation if you wish to proceed and I agree to accept the commission I will prepare an initial research plan and costs estimate or fixed quotation.


My costs are based upon an hourly charging rate, depending on the work to be undrtaken (see below).


No charge is made for the preparation of the research plan and estimate or quotation.


I  require a commission of three hours of research time at any archives. As from 19 January 2020 travel expenses including parking expenses (following a charge of £8 for paring being imposed at Lancashire Archives) will be charged for travel to any Archive.


Any chargeable travel is charged at £20 for each hour.


You will not be under any obligation until you have approved the research plan quote or estimate, and instructed me to proceed.


For terms of business and payment terms, which, if you instruct me you will be taken to have accepted (unless we both agree other terms in writing), please go to Terms of Business and Some Frequently Asked Questions.


Hourly rates for different types of work are shown below. Time is charged for each hour, or part of an hour divided into units of six minutes.


Out of pocket expenses are charged at cost so that, for example, a birth marrige or death certificate will be charged at £12.50 A pdf of the entry can, in some cases, be obtained or £8 (uncertified) or £3 for a digital (uncertified) copy of the register.






I hope you enjoy my site but please note that the site and everything on it, unless specifically stated, including reports and photographs, is the property and copyright of me

Christine Wibberley:

Trace Your Ancestry.

No part of the material is to be used published or copied without permission for any purpose whatsoever.


The site explains the family and other research services of

Trace Your Ancestry. 

It also tells a little about me and my background. 


You may have wondered what your family was like, what the people in it, your ancestors did for a living. What were their names? Were they rich, poor or something in between? Where did they live? Did they get into trouble with the law? 


I can help you find out about some of these things. Most people have acestors with stories to tell as interesting as those on these pages.

For details please go to the

Research Pages

of this site. 

Contact Me for half an hour's free without obligation, consultation.  


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Christine Wibberley LL.B. (Hons)


Solicitor (non practising) 

 Member of AGRA 

Mobile. 07896 611773

(Closed at weekends)

Office hours and availability vary

The office is not available for clients to call in person.




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