If we have contacted you it is because we believe you are entitled to a share of an inheritance.

Anglia Research is a large, well-established probate genealogy company. For over 30 years, we have helped solicitors to trace heirs. The legal profession relies on our expertise in order to track down missing beneficiaries who have been specifically named in a will – these are people who have been named by the deceased, but no-one knows where they are.

However, when someone with no known relatives dies without leaving a will, there are no obvious heirs and so their estate passes to the Crown.

As a result, an industry has grown up, with people searching for missing heirs in the hope that they will earn a fee or percentage of the inheritance should relatives be found. These so-called ‘heir hunters’ act on their own initiative and the results of their research can sometimes be woefully inaccurate.

For established and reputable probate genealogists such as Anglia Research, accuracy is everything. Not only do we locate missing relatives, we invest considerable time and effort so that we can prove our clients’ legal right to inherit from an estate.

We employ more accredited genealogists* and legally qualified staff than any other UK probate research company. Our reputation for thoroughness and integrity is second to none.

Our commitment to accuracy means that you avoid problems and delays further down the line. Some cases are complex, some relatively simple. Either way, the Government Legal Department (on behalf of the Crown) demands a water-tight case before it will release any funds.

If we have contacted you it is because we believe you are entitled to a share of an inheritance. You may wish to take legal advice, but do get back to us as soon as you can.

Please don’t hesitate to phone us if you have any doubts or concerns. Our staff will go out of their way to explain anything that is unclear. We pride ourselves on the friendliness and approachability of our people and we aim to give every client a personalised service. For example, we’ll provide you with family trees and copies of all our research findings, and we also offer a free ‘letter box’ service for family members who didn’t previously know of each other’s existence.

To find out more about us, see our relatives' FAQ, code of conduct and clients' testimonials. Alternatively, you can browse our case histories to learn more about the fascinating field of probate research.


*members of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA) and Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI). For more details, please see our accreditation page.