Record agents

The people whose names are included on this list may be available to undertake paid research in local archives. Arrangements must be made directly with the record agents themselves and not through Lancashire Archives. Lancashire Archives staff cannot recommend particular agents nor enter into any negotiations concerning them.

Please note that inclusion on this list does not constitute any guarantee of availability and that Lancashire Archives cannot be held responsible for any work undertaken


Heathcliffe Bowen BA (Hons) MA, PGCE: 8 Woodlands Rise, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9BU email:

Family and Local History across the North West and Yorkshire; Military history and records; research undertaken for academics, charities, community groups and publishers. Research also carried out in The National Archives, and other national and regimental archives.  


Michael and Kathryn Dow: 30 Barrett Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 4PG email:   website:

Family history and Local history: general genealogical and local history research in Lancashire and the North West.


Christopher Eve BSc (Hons), MA, DCG(pt 1), IHGS student: 9 Larchwood, Castlegate, Lancaster, LA1 4QG    email:

Family History, Local History and House History, in NW England, back to 18th cent. Genealogical research in birth, marriage and death records, census, parish records, wills and probate, military records; education & occupations; Report-writing of research results; Guided tours of ancestral roots.


Jane E. Hamby LHG: 26 Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8DB email:

Family history, Local History and House History: a comprehensive genealogical service, searching all types of records; Palaeography and Transcription; Research for legal enquiries: adoption and intestacy; background research for authors; photography.  Research also carried out in GRO Indexes; Cumbria and Cheshire


Mrs Denise A Harman:  12 Wrights Fold, Leyland, Preston, PR25 4HT email:  website:

Family history: a comprehensive genealogical service covering Lancashire Cumbria and Cheshire, researching all records held at Lancashire Archives and other repositories, including all denominations.   English Palaeography and Transcription: 16th century onwards. Searches for living relatives. 


Kate Hurst: BA (Hons) 15 Beverley Drive, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1HY email: website:

Family history: BMD, census, parish register and trade directory searches. Probate searches and document transcription. Research for TV/radio companies. Particular interest in Catholic records.


House Historians North West (Carole Knight) 14 Higher Bank Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8PD email: website:

Building history: research into history of Lancashire and South Cumbria buildings, the people associated with them, and the area in which they are situated.


Simon Martin BSc(Hons) Cert HE; AGRA member: The Ebba Brahe, 21 Petticoat Lane, Higher Ince, Wigan, WN2 2LH email:

Family history: comprehensive service including research in pre-1858 and post-1858 probate records parish registers, GRO indexes and census returns in Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester and Wigan. Local history. Research for legal enquiries. Research also carried out in other northern counties. 


Anne Mealia BA(Hons) MA, PGDipLib, Higher Certificate in Genealogy; Associate member of AGRA 1 Castle Cottage, Dobroyd Road, Todmorden, OL14 7JJ  email: website:

Family history: comprehensive genealogical research in all types of records. Roman Catholic parish registers. Palaeography and Transcription: 17th-19th century. Coverage: Lancashire and Yorkshire.


Mrs Helen C Sergeant BSc MSc:  Borrins Farm, Selside, Settle, N. Yorkshire, BD24 0HX email:

Family history: comprehensive research using all relevant family history sources held at Lancashire Archives - parish records, census, wills and administrations, legal and educational records, etc. English Palaeography and Transcription. Research also carried out in Cumbria, North and West Yorkshire.


J Alan Smith: 11 St Judes Avenue, Walton le Dale, Preston, PR5 4UH email:  website:

Family history: a comprehensive genealogical service searching all types of records; Palaeography/Transcription. Coverage::Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire Also other areas by arrangement.   


Jayne Stevenson BA (Hons) MA: 11, Kipling Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9UX
e-mail: (Formerly Red Rose Research)

Family history: all aspects of family history research; Local history; House history; Military research; historical research. Coverage: Lancashire and the North West.
Palaeography and Transcription from the late 16th Century onwards.


Mrs Christine Wibberley LLB (Hons): non-practising solicitor; AGRA Member: phone: 0800 0248488 Mob.07896 611773 email: website:

Family and local history: All Lancashire and Greater Manchester archives visited; Online research in all areas of England, Wales and Scotland English Palaeography from 17th cent. Research for legal enquiries including Living Relative and Probate research. See website for full details


Teresa Wilson BA (Hons),MA: 37 Meadows Avenue, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 2TN email:

Family history and Local history using a wide variety of documentary sources, maps, pictures etc; particular interest in Quaker and Roman Catholic history; English Palaeography and Transcription from 17th cent onwards; background research and Photography


Revised Apr 2017

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