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forefathers logoForefathers is a family history and genealogy research service based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. 

Whatever your needs, whether you have a major genealogical project in mind or just need a little help with your own family tree, we're happy to assist.

We have 30 years of experience of researching family history and working with archives and in libraries and other resource centres throughout the United Kingdom. Senior researcher Peter Clifford holds the Higher Certificate in Genealogy awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS).

We will be happy to answer questions and quote for any research work you might need to be carried out anywhere in the UK. All research will be conducted by a trained, professional, experienced genealogist, but could can be assured of a relaxed, friendly and approachable service at all times.

We also have extensive experience helping those whose ancestors came from the British Isles but moved overseas. For example, we have in-depth knowledge of how to trace the origins in these islands of those who later moved to Australia, whether voluntarily or as transported convicts. We also have considerable experience helping clients from Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

Forefathers is registered in England and Wales as company number 7929212. Although we operate as a limited company, but are not VAT-registered.