Sterling cheque, sterling bankers' draft & Paypal payments accepted.  Credit card payments accepted via Paypal.









£32.00 per hour



ALL LONDON  (except TNA (Kew) &

                            London Metropolitan Archives &

                            special visits, see below)
    Guildhall Library 
    Westminster Archives    
      (aka City of Westminster Archives)                 
    Society of Genealogists' Library (SOG) 
    British Library 
    Camden Archives
    Islington Local History Centre
    Southwark Local Studies Library
    Kensington Local Studies Library
    Richmond Local Studies Library
    Westminster Reference Library (stage archives)
    Society of Friends Library (Quakers)







£30.00 per hour


     Croydon Local Studies Library  

£32.00 per hour




£24.00 per hour


(A minimum 1-hour search fee applies at all archives listed above.)


I don't charge extra for travelling time or travel expenses to any of the regularly-visited archives listed above; the hourly charges are exactly what you pay for searches at the archives listed.


Other London archives by arrangement @ £30.00 per hour (minimum 4-hour search fee), e.g.  Caird Library (National Maritime Museum); Royal College of Surgeons; Barts & London Hospital Archives Department; Wellcome Library; Archives of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; Westminster Abbey Muniments Room (for certain Westminster coroners' inquest records only).


For these visits the time taken to travel from and return to the nearest regularly-visited London archive will be deducted from the hours allocated.  In addition, an administration fee of 1 hour may be charged for visits to institutions (e.g. university libraries) which require me to supply ID and/or references before I can access records of interest.


Visits to other London, Surrey, Middlesex & West Sussex libraries and record offices (not listed above) are by special arrangement and are subject to a minimum 4-hour search fee with deduction for travelling time. 


Visits to London, Surrey & West Sussex churches which retain their parish registers are by special arrangement and are subject to a minimum 4-hour search fee: for these visits the time taken to and from the nearest regularly-visited record office will be deducted from the hours allocated.


Photography of London, Surrey & West Sussex churches or graves by special arrangement and individual quotation, to include a charge for travelling time.


Reports are usually sent by e-mail, to avoid charges for postage.  No charge is made for time spent preparing and typing your report.

The only additional charges relate to postage and copies/photos (if required), payable after the search is completed but before despatch:


Postage to UK, 1st class recorded, standard charge for up to 16 x A4 or up to 8 X A3 copies =  £4.00 per envelope; £5.00 per tube;

Postage to overseas destinations, International Signed For or Airsure postage: charges vary according to destination, at cost plus £2.00 handling.  Items addressed PO Box Nos have to be sent using Airsure. 


Should any items sent by these methods go astray in the post, they will be replaced and re-sent free of charge.  The charges made cover personal visits to the Post Office; the time taken is not deducted from your search time.

For basic tracking of copies/photos sent by International Signed For post or Airsure, enter the reference number I provide at:

If you are out when the postman attempts to deliver your package, a card will be left with details of how to arrange re-delivery.  It is your responsibility to arrange re-delivery within 2 weeks of the original delivery attempt.  Please let me know in advance if you are going away for an extended holiday so that your documents are not sent during this time.


Please request copies (if found) at the time of placing order:

For copies which I am able to obtain self-service from microfilm, fiche or volume: £0.80 per copy (no charge for spoils)
Computer or digitised microfilm printouts:  at cost

For copies which have to be made by archive staff: at cost 

Digital photos:
Where digital photography* is permitted (completion of copyright declaration form may be required) digital photos can be provided as follows:

Up to 3 standard resolution digital photographs, sent by e-mail to a non-hotmail account:  £0.80 per image (unless electronic transmission is prohibited by the relevant archive).


Up to 40 digital photos, sent in a zipped folder via external site and available for downloading from that site for one month only:  £3.00.  More than 40 digital photos can be sent in multiple folders, each containing up to 40 photos: £3.00 per folder.  Please do not request this service if you do not have reliable broadband.  


More than 3 standard resolution digital photographs, sent on disc by 1st class recorded post to UK addresses: £11.00 including postage, regardless of the number of images.  System requirements:  Windows XP, Windows 7, 8 or 10 and a CD drive.  For other systems, choose zipped folder by e-mail option (see above).
More than 3 standard resolution digital photographs, sent on disc by International Signed For or Airsure post to overseas addresses: £19.00 including postage, regardless of the number of images. System requirements:  Windows XP, Windows 7, 8 or 10 and a CD drive.  For other systems, choose zipped folder by e-mail option (see above).


(Please note the above charges include CD, jewel case, jiffy bag, the time spent sorting your photos and saving to disc, and include postage by traceable methods, as well as the £2.00 handling charge towards time spent visiting the Post Office in person). 


*Some archives (including LMA and Guildhall Library) charge a fee for the use of a digital camera and this fee would be payable by the client in addition to the charges above.  If photos are taken for more than one client at the same archive on the same day, then the permit fee will be divided between them unless separate fees for each client are charged by the specific record office.

Digital camera day permits - current fees charged by archives (subject to change at any time):


National Archives, Kew: free
London Metropolitan Archives:         £5.00 per day
Guildhall Library: £5.00 per client per day
British Library: photography not permitted except for newspaper articles (free)
SOG Library: £3.00 per client per day if permitted
Westminster Archives: £10.00-£20.00 per client per day
Southwark Local History:  £6.00 per client per day if permitted
Islington Local History Centre:

£4.00 per client per day

Caird Library

West Sussex Record Office:


£10.00 per client per day

East Sussex Record Office: £15.00 per day
Surrey History Centre: £10.00 per day 
Hampshire Record Office: £12.50 per client per day

Enquiries welcome.  Please CONTACT ME for a free, no-obligation initial assessment before attempting to make payment.  If you wish to pay by Paypal, please do not send payment before receiving my payment request


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