Who would benefit from in-depth research?
Ideal for those who are clear about their research objectives and want to have a detailed study of their family history carried out.
What kind of report will you receive?
Our reports are interpretative as well as factual. We seek to build up a profile of your ancestors by examining original documents and microfilm copies in archives and libraries such as the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the General Register Office of Northern Ireland and the Linen Hall Library.
The Foundation has been offering a full in-depth research service since 1957. It is a market leader in the provision of research services, and our staff who will undertake your research report, collectively have vast research experience, built up over many decades.
Please note that we carry out archival research for the nine counties which make up the historic province of Ulster (Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry/Londonderry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Tyrone).
If you are interested in archival research for another county, please email email@example.com for advice before commissioning research online.
How long will it take?
Most in-depth research takes 4-6 months to complete but given the individual circumstances pertaining to the research it can on occasion take longer.
PLEASE NOTE: The vast majority of our archival research is carried out in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), which has recently re-opened after being closed for most of the last 14 months due to Covid regulations. However there is currently (and for the foreseeable future) very restricted access to documents which will have an effect on our usual turnaround period.
Clients can opt for a 6-hour search (£180), an 8-hour search (£240), a 10-hour search (£300), a 12-hour search (£360), a 15-hour search (£450) or they can indicate a specific amount from £180 upwards. In addition, to enable clients to budget for their research report, payment by instalments is available. (VAT is applicable for EU clients)