If you’re looking to find your family tree, check out our genealogy research store. We supply a fantastic selection of tried and tested genealogy books, software and research materials.
This includes well-known titles like Who Do You Think You Are? The Encyclopaedia of Genealogy and the ‘for Dummies’ series. As well as lesser known gems such as The Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-step Guide to Creating Your Family Tree Using Your Computer By Gavin Hoole.
There are glossaries, step by step guides, tips, techniques and much more. Here’s our guide to some of the best:
Genealogy for beginners
The Genealogist's Internet: The Essential Guide to Researching Your Family History Online By Peter Christian
When you hit a dead end
Solving Genealogy Problems: How to Break Down 'brick walls' and Build Your Family Tree By Graeme Davis
Publishing your family history
While some people find genealogical research an exciting hobby, others become impatient and want to reach the end-goal at a faster pace. If you’re not enjoying the genealogy journey and would prefer to have a professional do the work on your behalf, IWC offer complete genealogical record packages from just £220.
Rather than spending money on resources and research guides, you can purchase a research package containing all Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates. You’re then free to take a more in-depth look and delve into the past of certain family members or branches.
If you’re conducting research to give to someone as a gift or mark a milestone, you may run into difficulty or find you can’t spare the time. Our packages make perfect presents – supplied in an A4 presentation pack with pedigree charts and relationship reports.
All you need to do is enter as much information as you can into our online form. Or call and speak to a professional researcher on 0800 612 6105.
There is a vast fortune of wealth sitting in the coffers of the treasury waiting to be claimed. An estimated £15bn in total of inheritance exists for which no beneficiary has been found.
Given the size of the fortune involved there is no surprise in the fact that a huge industry has grown up around the issue of unclaimed estates with many dedicated legal firms focussing solely on the function of tracing the lineage for some of this wealth. It is a topic which has given rise to a popular daytime television programme and been the subject of innumerable tabloid column inches.
Heir-hunters invest in very expensive and sophisticated search techniques, in the hope of finding the rightful heirs to the estate. Each time details of a new unclaimed estate are published, there’s a frenzy of activity and a race begins to trace the deceased’s relatives, before anyone once else. This is because they are paid a percentage of the estate value for their trouble. If they don’t get their first, they don’t get paid.
With all of this interest and publicity; you might be forgiven for thinking that there is little point developing your own family tree, with the vague hope of finding a connection to a long lost relative. This is not necessarily the case, last year alone the treasury absorbed £43 million from unclaimed inheritances.
Search the list
If you think there’s a chance you could be heir to an estate and have basic information available such as the deceased’s name and place of death – you can perform your own search of the Bona Vacantia (Ownerless Goods List):
Find your family tree
In many cases, long lost heirs come from large, displaced families. When contacted, many are not even aware of the existence of their benefactor. While this may seem unusual and perhaps a little far-fetched, it is more common than you might think.
For example, imagine your grandfather had a brother who he lost contact with. He never mentioned his brother because they’d not been a part of each-others’ lives for so long. Let’s say that your ‘great uncle’ married and moved to the other side of the country after the war. They weren’t blessed with any children of their own and both passed away, without heirs. Your grandfather would be the closest living relative of the deceased and according to the laws of intestacy, would be the rightful heir of the estate. This right then passes to his children and their children.
Genealogical research, often presents people with whole new branches of their family tree. These discoveries can result in reconnections with people and long lost property too.