RESEARCHING YOUR SCOTTISH & IRISH ANCESTRY

Catriona Haine is a professional genealogist and family historian, based in the West of Scotland, who has a passion for solving genealogical mysteries.  Catriona has been able to solve genealogy 'brickwalls' through her lateral thinking approach, achieving results that have evaded others in their research.

Catriona specialises in Scottish family history and the lives of those who lived through the industrialisation of Central Scotland, as well as the Irish diaspora, and their origins in Ireland, whether they were emigrants to Scotland or beyond to North America, Australia or New Zealand.

Catriona holds an MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Catriona has detailed knowledge of 19th century Scottish poor law and asylum history, organisation and records having conducted extensive research into the lives of those impacted by pauper patient removals from the Glasgow Royal Asylum (Gartnavel) in the late 19th century for her masters degree.

Catriona is a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

SERVICES

Tailored to Your Individual Needs

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FAMILY TREE PACKAGES

A professionally printed family tree.  Flexible options such as:

  • Single ancestor line, eg. paternal line surname only

  • Double ancestor line, eg. surnames of two grandparents

  • Full tree documenting the lines of all 4 of your grandparents.

Research report documenting the transcriptions of birth, marriage and death records is included in each package.

BESPOKE RESEARCH

Tailored to your individual research needs, the bespoke service is available for you to commission by the hour. 

 

Example research scenarios include:

  • Guidance or help on where to go next with your family history research

  • Detailed research into "brickwalls" you've encountered in your own research

  • Focussed research into specific individuals or families

  • 1-2-1 advice session on starting or developing your own family history research or using DNA test results.

Your research requirements are discussed and agreed in advance, including budget and fees.

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HOUSE HISTORY

Have you wondered who lived in your home in the past? Whether it's a country manor house or a Victorian tenement, the history of your home and the people who have lived in it will be researched and woven into a narrative report telling the story of the home and its inhabitants from its earliest times.  Like our bespoke family history research service,  research and fees are all discussed and agreed in advance.

FEES

BESPOKE RESEARCH

£25 per hour with a minimum research period of one hour.

Before any research starts, an initial consultation is held to discuss your objectives as well as any previous research, records held or information known about the family or house to be investigated.  From this consultation, the focus and detail of the research is agreed and documented, along with cost and any expenses associated with conducting the research.

For Scottish family research, expenses normally incurred relate to the £15 day pass for the ScotlandsPeople Centre.  However, this charge will be pro-rata in the event your research does not require a full day of research.  Should any extensive travel be needed to fulfil your research, this would be discussed and costs agreed in advance.

FLEXIBLE FAMILY TREE PACKAGES

Packages available from £200

Family tree packages tailored to your requirements and covering as much or as little of your family history and ancestors as you'd like researched.  This can be a single family line going back from one of your grandparents or all 4 of your grandparent lines.  The decision on how many generations are to be researched, as well as whether to include all children of each couple in your direct lines, is up to you.

 

A professionally printed family tree is included with each family tree package along with a research report documenting the sources of records and transcriptions of birth, marriage and death records. There is also the option of having a narrative report telling the story of your ancestors and the lives they lived in the context of the social and economic circumstances of the time.

 

GIVE A GIFT OF THEIR FAMILY HISTORY

Gift certificates available from £10 and can be used towards family tree packages, house histories or bespoke research.

 
TESTIMONIALS

On our recent relocation our interest was taken in the history of the property. We were amazed with both the wealth of information 
Catriona was able to tell us about our home and her fastidious delivery. What more could one desire? Nothing!

Elizabeth, Renfrewshire, Scotland. 2019

A huge thank you for the history of my family. It answers loads of questions, especially on the Irish connections, and cleared up names and who was called after who.  Thanks again, it's a wonderful piece of research.

Margaret, Ayrshire, Scotland. 2020

The report is brilliant.  Thank you.  Interesting to see how names were carried from generation to generation and great to finally find out where in Ireland my family came from.

Carol, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
2020

I was adopted as a baby and as I approached my 80th birthday, I decided to find out about my birth family. I had little information but Catriona quickly unearthed details of my background. I'm now in regular contact with 3 siblings which would not have been possible without Catriona's expertise. Many thanks.

Ann, Ayrshire, Scotland.
2021

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