To find out more about us, click on the questions below. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly if there is anything else you would like to know.

Who are Anglia Research?

We are a large, well-established probate research company with a proudly guarded reputation for thoroughness and integrity.

We employ more accredited genealogists* than any other UK probate research company. These are people who can piece together the most complex family tree, often based on a very small amount of information. Our in-house experts liaise with a global network of over 200 agents to trace missing beneficiaries or next-of-kin worldwide. Over many thousands of assignments, we have achieved a success rate that is the envy of our competitors. 


*members of AGRA, ASGRA and AGI. For more details, please see our accreditation page.

What services do you provide?

Whether you are a named executor or are acting on behalf of a personal representative, whether you are faced with an intestacy or need to trace a person or a document, we can assist. For example, we can trace:

  • legal beneficiaries in cases of intestacy,
  • missing heirs named in a will,
  • missing shareholders,
  • pension fund holders and their legal beneficiaries,
  • relevant grants and civil records.

We can also help you locate other relevant people such as trustees, executors and title holders.

You can find a full list of our services here. Every assignment receives our prompt and diligent attention, and our results are presented clearly and concisely.

What added value can you offer us?

The world of probate produces many unusual and sometimes unique situations. Contact us concerning any problem and we will reply quickly with a free assessment.

Once instructed, we often ‘tidy up’ small, low-value aspects of an estate without charge, and we can assist you in obtaining some of the lesser-known grants, such as ad colligenda bona.

How do you find entitled heirs?

Our research methods are as varied as the cases we work on. Our staff have access to an unrivalled range of resources, including a traditional 8,000 volume in-house library, supplemented by a series of proprietary databases which have been developed and refined over recent years to complement traditional genealogical techniques.

Can you assist with obtaining missing beneficiary indemnity insurance?

Yes. Our research findings are supported by fully-documented family trees and reports, which are presented in an attractive, easy-to-follow format. This makes applications for missing beneficiary indemnity insurance straightforward and easily understandable by all parties. We are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority, which means that we can source competitive insurance quotes for you if required.

Can we be assured of confidentiality?

We are a well-kept secret and we treat your information in the same way. Anglia Research has always opted to be a low-profile company, so you won’t find your cases used for publicity on the BBC or in any other media. Nor are we a trust corporation, so we are not in competition with you. Your clients’ details are safe with us.

How are you regulated?

Probate genealogy is unregulated. Many smaller firms have little experience in the field and are not as thorough as they should be. Others acquire impressive-looking ‘credentials’ which, under scrutiny, amount to very little. Anglia Research has the following credentials:

  • We employ more accredited genealogists* than any other UK probate research company. 
  • We are registered with, and therefore regulated by, the Financial Conduct Authority.
  • We are registered under the Data Protection Act (number Z9338731).
  • We carry professional indemnity insurance (full details upon request).
  • We have internal service standards monitoring, a comprehensive complaints procedure and a clear and transparent code of conduct.
  • Our internal supervisory and compliance structure is similar to that of a law firm. We employ several qualified solicitors in-house and CILEx-qualified staff. Please see our staff page for further details.
  • We are retained by public trustee departments for governments throughout the world.

*members of AGRA, ASGRA and AGI. For more details, please see our accreditation page.

How much do you charge?

We offer a range of charges, designed to meet the needs of clients on a case by case basis. We do not seek to tie you into a particular model just to suit our business; we recognise your duty to your client.

Our fee structure is transparent and, as a matter of principle, we never incur additional charges without clearing this with clients in advance. Generally, we agree a fixed fee, time charged or a contingency basis approach. You can find more information about our fee structure here.