Professional Research

I truly believe that every family tree is filled with fascinating stories. And I’d love to help you discover and tell yours.

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My services include genealogical and historical research, problem-solving (breaking down those pesky brick walls!), story-telling, memoir writing, and reports.

Here are some of the nice things that my clients have said about me:

“Clare did a wonderful job of exploring my father’s maternal line. I had had a rough go myself at my family tree but was conscious that at any time I may have made a mistake. Clare was extremely thorough with her research, which reassured me of the accuracy of her work. She uncovered some fascinating details of my family history.

I really love how Clare provides cultural, economic and political background to her work so that you can get a real feel for the times in which your ancestors lived, including their motivations and experiences. It added real colour to my family’s history. Thanks so much, Clare, for all your hard work which has been enjoyed by all my family members. They’ve found it fascinating!”

Alexandra Mercx

“I cannot speak too highly of Clare Kirk. Her knowledge, research skills, empathy and meticulous professionalism made her the ideal person to take my half-researched (and confusingly disjointed) family history and transform it into a fascinating coherent whole.

Her understanding of social and economic history put my ancestors’ lives into a meaningful context, and the jumble of relatives and genealogical records I assembled was soon greatly augmented and put into a comprehensible and very rewarding order!

Thanks to Clare, I now have a beautifully documented and illustrated family history fit to be passed on to the next generation. Deciding to collaborate with her was the best decision I could have made.”

Cathy Stillman-Lowe

“Clare is a rare find.

First and foremost, she is a tremendous researcher. Her capacity to unravel knotty histories of our churches or uncover fascinating stories is limitless. Clare’s diligence is one of her most defining attributes. But it doesn’t end there. Clare has a real flair for communication, whether it’s a tweet, a magazine article, a conference presentation, or Board report, she is articulate, compassionate, confident, and clear.

Beyond this, she is an exceptional strategic thinker. Taking time to understand the needs, aims and resources of our small charity, Clare offers very helpful advice. In particular, she has been helping to develop our membership offer and our website subscription platform. Her approach is always logical and recommendations evidence-based.

Perhaps most importantly of all, Clare is one of the easiest people to work with. She is a wonderful colleague – so resourceful, helpful, and generous with her time and expertise. A rare find indeed.”

Rachel Morley, Director of Friends of Friendless Churches

Since everyone’s family history research queries are unique, I currently only undertake bespoke projects — tailored to your needs. Please do drop me a line and let me know what help you need on your family history quest.

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