• Everyone has special reasons for the efforts they make to learn more about their family history. 
  • You can learn about an ancestor. For some, family was never discussed while growing up. Others are trying to make connections because they never knew a parent or grandparent.
  • You will be able to share your history with your children. Many have made a commitment to find, preserve and share family history with future generations because they feel a moral obligation to do so.
  • You may love discovery; it’s a fun thing to do. You may have begun researching because you love the hunt, and you are curious about what you may dig up.
  • You can understand more about yourself. Do you suspect that some of the qualities that make you who are can be attributed to an ancestor? Do you wonder which decisions they made concerning education, where to live, or employment had the most effect on your life? Do family members say that you remind them of an ancestor?
  • You will learn about the places where your ancestors lived. It is wonderful to be able to pass on the traditions that your ancestors brought from their native land.
  • You can know about the challenges your ancestors faced. Did you grow up hearing family stories about the war or the depression that make you want to know more about how your ancestor was impacted? Delving into the past helps you understand more about how they handled struggles.
  • You may be looking for living relatives. Some researchers are looking to connect with living descendants to discover what they can share about ancestors. They invite the newly discovered to family reunions and share stories and photographs with each other.
  • There are some great benefits to tracing your family tree and having a family book published. You might find that, even if you just have a small curiosity now, the more you look into it the more curious and interested you’ll get in your family’s history. 
  • You may also find information on causes of death and illnesses, some of which may be passed genetically on to you. 


above - some of the many family books we have researched and published



  • Birth, marriage and death facts 
  • Biographies of family members
  • Details of their character, health, personality and faith
  • Stories of the places your family lived
  • Stories of where they worked, what recreations they followed, at what professions they were skilled and details of where they lived, their homes their fortune (or otherwise).
  • History of the people, places and events that occurred to influence the development of your family
  • The stories behind the facts (e.g.  Tracking down a relative in Old Bailey court reports or a pauper relative in workhouse records; getting your hands grandfather’s army service record (and discovering that he was demoted for ‘laziness’!).
  • Stories and facts from census records and BDM certificates, the internet, interesting collections of old newspapers, criminal records and court reports. Also workhouse records, unusual treasures stowed away in local archives and stories from online catalogues.
  • Photographs, images, certificates, diagrams, maps, crests, coats of arms, tartans and memorabilia are an important part of all books. Typically, completed books will have more than 400 images and photographs!
  • Charts and family trees outlining ancestry and descendancy and specialist charts profiling special relationships
  • Books usually have stories of ancestors that can find connection with many famous people in history, Kings, Queens, despots, tyrants and villains, heroes, scientists, actors, authors, explorers and military genius.

The scope of the book can cover any number of branches on your tree (and the tree of your spouse). Most people trace their trees linearly, following direct ancestors through the male line. But often, branching out, for example finding out more about your grandparents’ siblings or in-laws can uncover equally remarkable stories. You might even decide to start investigating both your paternal and maternal lines at once. 

Many projects are so large that the information fills more than one volume. Some families we have been contracted to research and publish have resulted in 3 - 7 volume sets of books (more than 1.5 million words, 2,500 pages or more and upwards of 3,000 photos and document images!!! ). These become significant heirlooms and now feature prominently on the living room table or take pride of place on the family bookshelf.

It might sound strange, but family history can bring you closer to living relatives. Genealogy is not a finite project. 

Gone are the days of the nobleman’s personal scribe keeping his master’s lineage on an illuminated sheet of vellum in some dusty manorial library. 

Now your pedigree can be researched and published by professional and experienced archivists. Talk to us! 

I have more than 40 years' experience in genealogy research and I have been writing and publishing family books for more than 30 years. I make the process enjoyable, informative and I encourage you to become involved in the journey. 




above - inside one of a set of the family books I have published recently 



  • Have a desire to have your family history researched and published
  • Initial discussion with me at which time I will ask for:
  • Agree to proceed and pay the deposit
  • I will then begin thorough research of the family history
  • You will be asked to start collecting together the photos, documents and memorabilia that you would like to appear in the book
  • I will provide you with a template to start recording family biographies
  •  click here to see biography template

  • You will circulate the template among family members and collect completed biographies as the become available
  • I will contact you at various times to get clarity or seek specific information
  • I will create the skeleton content for the book(s)
  • I will consult with you on the photos and documents that need to be in the book(s)
  • I will scan, restore and make ready all photos and documents
  • You will provide us with biographies and specific information for some stories
  • I will compile the book(s) by inserting stories and photos
  • A proof of the finished book(s) will be given to you for proof reading
  • I will make any corrections and compile book to a print-ready format
  • You will decide upon cover colour and engraving colour
  • You will decide upon how many copies you will require
  • You will pay the balance and pay for the printing and binding
  • The book(s) will be printed and bound
  • You will take ownership



above - various content in books I have researched and published



Speaking with older members of your family, and with relatives, is something you will need to do. Your grandmother’s sister, for example, may have information about your great grandparents that your own grandmother (if still alive) failed to recollect, or they may have important documents, such as birth certificates or old diaries. These visits, telephone calls and emails help bring together families and relatives that have lost touch.

Even though many people do not have the time, interest or persistence to trace their family tree, the chances are they will be quite thrilled that someone else is doing it. You will come to be seen as the family’s (and extended family’s) very own historian!

Enlarge Your Family Circle

You may, in your genealogical research, discover living members of your family, or close relatives, that you never knew about. Half-sisters, half-brothers, siblings separated at birth, adopted children – you might find any or all of these in your research. Thus not only can you bring your family closer together, you can also enlarge it.

Family History

Those tracing their family history will often become absorbed in the life of their ancestors. This is where genealogy becomes more than dates and names – it becomes a history of your family. Some day you may choose to augment your family tree with a book of your family’s history. This can be a greatly rewarding experience for you, and a great treasure to those who will come after and continue that history.


As you work with Ian the research information that comes to light on the dates and dwellings of your ancestors, you will become more and more familiar with the events in history, local and external, that touched their lives, and more intimate with the geography of the lands in which they walked, talked and toiled. You may even want to learn more about history or pursue a certain area of family history such as medieval studies. Learning about our past, and our country, gives us a sense of identity, and it enriches our lives.

Find Inheritances

OK, some people do genealogical research in order to find family fortunes. Well, you never know!

The long and short of it is that family history enriches the researcher, bonds families and creates a lasting legacy. If you’ve not started your family tree yet, then start today – and, sooner than you think, you’ll be experiencing all these benefits firsthand.





My fees and terms are as follows: 

  • A non-refundable NZ$2,500 deposit (payable at commencement)  - n.b. In the rare cases where a family history cannot be created due to lack of data and/or research material available, then NZ$2,000 will be refunded with NZ$500 being retained to cover costs of the research.
  • The balance of NZ$2,500 to be paid on completion of the book and immediately prior to printing and binding
  • The payment of the printing and binding costs – typically NZ$250 per book (for a book of approx. 400 pages). This payment must be made immediately prior to printing and binding being commissioned.

In summary : NZ$5,000 for the professional services PLUS printing and binding costs