About me

My name is Martin James and I have been researching family history for over 30 years. I have always had a fascination for history I embarked on the journey of discovering where my ancestors came from.

This I have been able to do, with a family tree that spans the period from late 1500’s to the present day. From the UK to USA, India, Australia and New Zealand and a number of points in between. I have been in contact with long lost relatives and those I never knew existed. Skeletons in the cupboard are something you have to be prepared for when embarking on tracking down your ancestors.

Friends saw the results of my efforts and asked me to assist them in their own family research and I am happy to say that I have helped a number of people on their journey to track down their origins.

I took early retirement and left the world of IT and Project Management behind and decided to utilise my research and Project Management skills by becoming a Professional Genealogist. I started Family Heritage Search in 2011 which I run from my home in Shropshire, which I use as a base for accessing the wider Midlands area.

I specialise in Family History research in the historical counties of Shropshire & Staffordshire and the wider West Midlands. I can access a number of Archives and Record Offices in these areas which I use for research.

Over the last 10 years I have undertaken research for a large number of clients who have come from places such as Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, South West England, Wales, Australia, California and India.

I am a member of the Society of Genealogists and the Federation of Small Businesses. I have a keen interest in local and social history and spend some of my time volunteering at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in its Archaeological department. I volunteer as Room Explainer for English Heritage at Boscobel House on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

So why not contact me and let me help you discover whether your family tale of being related to nobility is true. Perhaps you come from a more humbler background like my ancestors, many of whom were agricultural labourers, brewery workers, miners or labourers in factories, with the odd transportation to Australia, illegitimate birth or emigrant thrown in.

Once you embark on this journey of discovery into the past of your ancestors you will not want to stop.