To keep this page within usable limits, we have omitted our more specialist researchers and overseas representatives. However, many of our people are pictured below. For information about our case managers and other staff who deal directly with beneficiaries, please visit the case managers' page.
Peter Turvey, member of AGRA
The standards of accuracy, thoroughness and integrity that Peter set when he founded Anglia Research still shape and define the company today.
He started working as a professional genealogist in the 1970s, researching pedigrees as far back as the 12th century, but also specialising in modern research. His knowledge and abilities were soon recognised and he became the chief agent for two charities that reunited adoptees with their birth parents. Other activities included working on a large number of successful German-Jewish land reparation cases.
His scrupulous approach meant that he excelled at probate research, where success after success led to this fascinating work becoming the company’s mainstay. Anglia Research has continued to grow, both in size and reputation, ever since.
Maintaining professional standards is of utmost importance to Peter. He has consistently declined to take part in the BBC’s Heir Hunters series, which he believes undermines client confidentiality and attracts amateurs into a field where experience and integrity are crucial. However, Anglia Research does cooperate with high-quality TV programmes and other productions, and the firm's researchers have been heavily involved with many episodes of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?
Peter is a member and former chairman of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and bound by its strict code of ethics. He has served as chair of AGRA’s board of assessors, and as a lecturer and tutor at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) and other institutions.
He is also an accredited expert witness, a long-standing member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a chess-playing, crossword-solving marathon runner – who still finds the challenge of tracing families as exciting now as he did all those years ago.
Peter's articles: The history behind your birth certificate, Is cheating by heir hunters the real reason BVD stopped will searches? Together again, Hooked on history, AGRA accreditation - what it means and why it matters, Britain alone, The case history of Anne Meredith, The case history of John Osborn, The secret to instructing probate research.
Case Operations Manager
After a number of years in the insurance industry, Richard joined the family firm in 2003 to help manage its continued growth.
A first-class researcher, he specialises in property matters, helping to secure and protect any at-risk estate assets and ensuring that the best potential value is realised for clients. Also active in solving empty homes problems, Richard appears in the BBC’s The Empty Housing Scandal.
Richard's articles: The empty housing scandal, Two soldiers and a forgotten plot of land.
Eileen Butcher, member of AGRA
Before running her own successful genealogy company, Eileen was a complex caseworker for the Department for Work and Pensions and also worked for many years in the local studies department of Manchester Central Library. Anglia Research was delighted to acquire her knowledge and expertise, especially in relation to the north of England.
Eileen regularly conducts research for the UK and US versions of Who Do You Think You Are? She first appeared in the 2011 episode with Sebastian Coe and has since appeared in episodes including those with Sheridan Smith and Minnie Driver.
She has worked on The Secret History of My Family, broadcast on the BBC in 2016, and more recently on Made in Great Britain, a six-part documentary series that aired on BBC2 from October to December 2018.
Eileen is a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).
Eileen's interviews and articles: A name for an unknown soldier, Inheritances that open doors, How genealogy and oral history can help vulnerable clients, When a small act of kindness makes a world of difference, The long shadow of the workhouse, Behind the scenes at WDYTYA?, Family history changes lives.
Dear Eileen, I appreciate the time, work and research involved in this estate and the expertise of yourself and Anglia Research in bringing it to closure. My thanks to you for your help in explaining the progress and research involved both by letter and telephone. When I have telephoned with an enquiry I have appreciated your prompt answers and friendly attention to my questions. Please pass on my thanks to all involved at Anglia Research.
— Chris Ginn
A big thank you Eileen for the work on my tree. I'm intrigued even more now xxxxx
— Name withheld by request.
I have been extremely impressed with the efficiency and courtesy of Anglia Research, and especially Eileen Butcher, and would happily recommend both to anyone who, like me, had correspondence from several different genealogical research companies, and didn't know which one to instruct. From experience I would say "go with Anglia!".
— Jane White (view Google review)
First of all I have to say a big “Thank You” for your work and efforts with regard to the estate of my distant relative.... A cheque arrived yesterday for over £31,000 – to say I was astonished is a vast understatement. Life is indeed full of surprises – usually bad in my experience but sometimes quite the opposite.
Eileen Butcher is an outstanding employee! She is friendly, personable, and cares about helping you. Anglia Research and Eileen did a remarkable job of locating me in the U.S. after the death of a relative. Eileen explained the lengthy Probate process and I feel like I have a competent guide through it. A plus was finding out about my roots!
— Anne Lee (view Google review)
We are so grateful to Eileen for contacting us as my father had been missing for over 30 years. We never thought we would find out what had happened to him, as we believed he was under a police protection service. I can only say that without Eileen contacting us I don't suppose we would have ever known what had happened to our father, for this we will always be thankful. Eileen really was amazing, both professional, compassionate and considerate.
— Names withheld by request.
Hi Eileen, many thanks for the explanation, it all makes sense now. I am very pleased with the help from yourself as a representative of Anglia Research and the way you have answered my many questions.
— Kelvin Leese
Dear Eileen, well done! You did it! Just to say I've got my cheque and many thanks for your continued perseverance!
— Name withheld by request.
Hello Eileen, I am writing to express my family's appreciation for all the work you did with respect to connecting our family to the estate of Louisa West. You have been extremely diligent, informative and professional.... I would like to thank you for all of your hard work.
— L McLaughlin, Ontario, Canada
Hi Eileen, just a quick note to thank you for all your work in tracing us with the good news about our inheritance... We are also very appreciative of the sensitive and patient way you treated us in our calls to you. Please pass on to your superior how satisfied we are with the service provided and the end result.
— Names withheld by request.
Eileen, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all your help on behalf of Anglia Research over the last twelve months. You have acted in a highly professional manner and always went the extra mile for all the family and it has been very much appreciated.
— Martin Clarke
You can read another testimonial here.
Phone: 01704 518964
Carolyn Lord, BA (Hons) Solicitor
Commercial and Compliance Consultant
Carolyn has been a practising solicitor since qualifying in 1992. Having co-owned and managed a nationally renowned commercial firm, she brings her experience of both legal practice and business to Anglia Research.
A former university governor, upholding standards of probity and public accountability are areas of particular concern to Carolyn. Since the late 1990s she has been a member of various statutory panels which make recommendations on local government operation. She was lay chair of the Standards Committee of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority and is now the Independent Person to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority with responsibility for standards.
Carolyn's first degree was in history and English literature and she enjoys her involvement in the detailed genealogical work of Anglia Research, where the past is revisited in order to transform the lives of clients in the present day.
Carolyn's articles: The value of clarity, Clarity all year round, The dark side of probate research.
Kelvin Smith, BA (Hons)
Kelvin Smith joined Anglia Research early in 2015, having spent the whole of his working career with The National Archives, retiring in 2007 as records management consultant and head of the accessions management unit.
His specialisations include records appraisal and archiving, records management standards and the promotion of records management in government.
A regular presenter at conferences, workshops and seminars, Kelvin drafted the Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the Management of Records under Freedom of Information and has published a number of books, as well as undertaking frequent assignments in developing countries on behalf of the International Records Management Trust. He is currently honorary secretary of the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers.
With his network of international contacts and vast knowledge of archival resources in the UK and across the British Commonwealth, Kelvin helps to further extend Anglia Research’s global reach, whilst also providing the company with records management advice and operational recommendations.
Kelvin's website articles: Records management - planning for disaster, Digitising records - making an informed choice.
Dr Lisa Hill, BA (Hons) MA PhD
The most interesting aspect of my work is listening to people’s stories. Sometimes they can beat a Dickens novel with their twists and turns and coincidences. They’re fascinating and, because so many of them involve people losing touch with one another, they’re often also very moving. However, because of the nature of my job, I’m not just a passive listener, I’m engaged in the story, filling in all the details through research and tieing up the loose ends. I'm a firm believer that knowing and understanding the past helps to heal it.
Lisa joined Anglia Research in 2007. Originally from California, now residing in England, she comes from a strong research background, having worked as a research analyst of the California commercial property market, a freelance researcher of copyright law, and studied for a PhD in Literature at the University of Essex.
Beyond the UK, her genealogical specialities are the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Lisa's interviews and articles: An interview with our specialist Caribbean probate research team, As a genealogist, it's my job to ask questions, Shutting the workhouse door, Our work for the public sector: the Mary Torrance case.
5 stars to Anglia Research for handling the research into the estate of my late father, leading to a successful outcome. Particular mention goes to my case worker Dr. Lisa Hill for the efficient yet very human approach she took when guiding me through this process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Anglia to friends and family, which shows the level of trust I have in this company. Well done!
— S Nealeson
I have instructed Dr Lisa Hill on many occasions and have always been impressed by her efficiency and expedition in dealing with my cases. She is friendly, professional and always helpful. I would not hesitate to instruct Dr Hill again and would certainly recommend her services to my colleagues and clients alike.
— Teresa Callender, Ashtons Legal
In most fields of expertise there is a stand out performer. In her field, this is Dr Lisa Hill. I am a member of STEP, and a private client lawyer of many years standing. Usually I am the objective professional. The death of a hitherto unknown relative, followed too closely by my brother, changed that. Dr Hill was the objective professional, but more than that, she clearly cared about what she was doing, she found relatives that another firm couldn’t, and treated my sister in law, and me, with compassion that was at the time very much needed. She is my “go to” person in the industry.
— David Endicott TEP, Managing Director Spratt Endicott
It has been a pleasure to work with you on establishing the beneficiaries for my cousin's estate. Many thanks again for your skilled assistance, expertise and attention to detail.
— Best wishes, Jan
Phone: 01473 384806
Graham Underwood, LLB (Hons)
A law graduate of the University of London, where he was awarded the Butterworth and Blackstone prizes, Graham served as a police officer for over 30 years, rising to the rank of inspector.
In 2008 he was awarded the Chief Constable's Commendation for “sustained dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to the successful implementation of neighbourhood policing”.
Now with Anglia Research, Graham applies his tenacity and vast experience in order to solve the most complex probate genealogy cases.
Graham's articles: All in a name, Our work for the public sector: the Patricia Goody case.
I received my cheque and have deposited it with my bank here in Texas. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the way you handled this. To think our grandfather died all that time ago and we are now receiving something from his estate. What a nice unexpected surprise.
Thank you so much for this and for your help. Who says that we Brits can’t do customer service! You have been really amazing. Thank you once again for your help and kindness.
Many thanks for your email and for the swift and thorough response which I have to say has come as a surprise to me. Well done!
— D. Campion, Director, Humfrys & Symonds Solicitors
Family tree received thank you. Most interesting. Cheque banked this morning – a welcome boost to my pension. Thank you again for making this all possible.
— M. Piper
Dear Graham, thank you for all your help with my family tree its opened up a whole new chapter in my life I have connected with long lost family members.
— S. Gibbons
Phone: 01473 384808
Oliver Howard, BA (Hons)
I enjoy the mental challenge of the more difficult cases – the cases that require visits to local register offices, data sets that we wouldn’t normally use and a bit of thinking outside the box.
With a long-standing interest in history and genealogy, Oliver joined Anglia Research after he graduated from the University of Essex with a first-class degree in politics in 2002. He remains one of our longest serving case managers. His head for problem solving and analysis makes him ideally suited to the role.
Oliver's interviews and articles: Buried in the marriage register, The digitising decade.
I would just like to say that I have been most impressed by the service provided, both by your company and yourself personally, and I would certainly not hesitate to recommend your services to others. Thanks again for your help with this matter, it is much appreciated.
— Best wishes, Dave
Oliver Howard of Anglia phoned me when a long-lost cousin died in 2016 leaving a small estate. All through the process of finding relatives and sorting out who got what we were able to work closely together. Mr Howard always responded very promptly to all my queries and it all worked out very successfully. Not only did the estate get settled but it all helped me in making contact with several once-removed cousins as part of my own family history research. Many thanks.
— John Williams (view Google review)
Thank you Anglia Research, and especially Oliver Howard, for contacting me about the estate left behind by a cousin, from which I received a small share. Oliver was very straightforward and candid in explaining the work of Anglia Research and I was happy to adopt their professional services in settling this matter.
— Martin Noutch (view Google review)
Dear Mr Howard,
Please accept my thanks for your help distributing the letter to my ‘lost cousins’ that I forwarded to you. Two have already contacted me so far, so I'm already learning new things about my ‘lost family’. Many thanks also for the help Anglia Research have given me and my family in sorting out the affairs of the late deceased. I would certainly recommend your firm to other people involved in choosing which ‘Heir Hunter’ to represent them.
— J E Dowe
I'm not sure if it is 'the done thing' in these circumstances but I would like to thank you and your associates for all the hard work that went into this case which resulted in my receiving a cheque last Friday. Very many thanks.
— M Austin
I and my siblings were not aware of an uncle passing away without any sort of Will on file. I had not seen him since I was a child about 45 years ago. So it was a surprise when we were contacted by Anglia Research. They dealt with the claim quickly and efficiently and put me in touch with a Solicitor. It's always sad when someone passes away on their own but from what I remember, our Uncle would have been pleased that the money he left has helped my family have an enjoyable Christmas. This would not have happened without the "out of the blue" contact from Oliver Howard. So thank you from all of us.
— Angie Evans
Dear Mr Howard,
Thank you very much for sending me the information gathered by you during your research. I would also like to say a very big thank you for your firm's professionalism in making extensive investigations into the extended remaining family of the late Brian Frank Phillips, Anglia Research has acted in a most honest & upfront way.... Once again many, many thanks.
— Ivor G Ellis
Thank you so much for your prompt replies to any question that I asked. All done in a courteous and polite way, which seems to be a dying art these days.
— Name withheld by request.
I received the money from my brother's estate over the weekend. I just wanted to write and thank you. Your Company, and you yourself, have been so professional and helpful from start to finish. Thank you so much.
— S. C.
Phone: 01473 344947
I like talking to beneficiaries and listening to their family stories, particularly people who have migrated overseas – they often enjoy hearing a British accent and talking about their past. I also enjoy liaising with our extensive network of specialist research agents around the globe.
Alex joined us in 2005. He was formerly a director of gilts trading at HSBC in London, having worked in financial markets at the bank for 24 years.
“I would say that my previous role attuned me to working quickly and accurately in a very competitive environment,” he says. “But then again, a city trading background may not have great PR value these days!”
Alex's interviews and articles: A day in the life of a case manager.
I was contacted by Alex Horrod regarding my brother who had passed away. Sadly I did not know this fact as I had not had any contact with my brother for a number of years. Alex handled a difficult situation with tact and diplomacy. He was very understanding and patient whilst I came to terms with the information he gave me. I have had quite a few telephone calls and emails from Alex over the past couple of months and he has been very sympathetic. He had to ask me some difficult questions, but always gave me time to think about my replies. I have been very impressed with Anglia Research as a company and they have been very reliable and efficient.
— Name withheld by request.
Good morning Alex, I again want to thank you and your colleagues for all the work you’ve done for the families, I’m sure we are all grateful for this so please pass on my thanks.
— Name withheld by request.
Phone: 01473 226846
I have been with Anglia Research for over a decade and watched it expand over the years. We have a really good work force who all get on well with each other.
With 17 years’ experience as a probate researcher, Rachel's technological expertise, attention to detail and love of genealogy mean that she can piece together a family tree from the smallest of clues.
“My previous job involved working in care homes with the elderly,” she says. “I used to love hearing the stories they told about their experiences, so when this job opportunity came along I snapped it up.”
Looking at the family tree, I can see what a hugely difficult task you were set. It must be quite unusual for a family to die out completely in the third generation... And then to have to go back to Jane Wilson & George Whateley's huge family – you must have been totally daunted! But you have done a wonderful job on it, and given us a lot of really useful information. Thank you so much.
— Marjorie-Anne Howe
I am so pleased with your help regarding this estate. if it wasn't for you and Anglia Research we wouldn't have known we were entitled to a share. Thank you all so much.
— M Coleman
Many thanks for cheque recieved, this will be of great value to us. I understand the time it takes to sort this out, with a lot of work on your part. When I have rung you I have always found your response very courteous, bringing me up to date with what you had found out. Thank you for all your hard work.
— B Charlton
Everything was excellent. Thank you so much.
— Ian Lee
Just a brief note to say thank you Rachel. For guiding me through the process of claiming my share of my late Cousin's estate. I wouldn’t have had the first idea how to proceed. Although it was a little protracted due to the pandemic, you kindly kept me abreast of developments, and were very speedy in answering my queries. It was good to know everything was being taken care of and I didn't have to worry about anything. Thank you once more, and I shall have no hesitation in recommending your services.
— Chris Haycock
Phone: 01473 384805
Matthew Boardman, BSc (Hons)
I can’t pinpoint one area of genealogy that interests me more than others. I genuinely enjoy the whole lot. However, I like the challenge of starting a new case with very little information – you can never predict in advance the depth of research that each case will require. Speaking with a wide variety of characters on a daily basis also makes me smile.
Matthew spent many years conducting research and analysis for intelligence units within the Metropolitan Police, including working for the royalty protection team. He joined Anglia Research in 2009.
“Apart from the qualities required for research, I think it’s important for a case manager to be approachable, open and straightforward,” he says. “I hope any potential beneficiaries I work with will feel able to contact me at any time.”
Matthew's articles: Finding family for Daisy.
Dear Mr Boardman
I am writing to thank you very much indeed for all the work you have carried out on my behalf in respect of the estate of my cousin... I have, in the past, seen programmes about the work of firms such as yours on the television, but never for a moment expected to be in a position to be contacted by one! This has been a new experience for me, and you have made the whole process extremly straightforward, for which I am very grateful.
— Paul Reynolds
As executors of a 7 year old will, we were stuck trying to trace a beneficiary whom we didn't know and had exhausted asking other family members and his friends; though we did know a little bit about him from some correspondence all we had redundant emails and phone numbers but no address to track him down, and we had failed. Matthew @Anglia Research very quickly traced him for us. Very happy with the service as this was the final piece of the puzzle we needed to complete our executors duties. Thanks Matthew :)
— Jackie Welbourne (view Google review)
I want to take the opportunity to thank you and Matthew Boardman for the very pleasant collaboration over the administration of this estate in recent months. It was a pleasure to work with you both. Everything was handled with great care and professionalism and the many complexities of tidying up the estate were, it seems to me, handled in a smooth and efficient way.
— Graham Mather
A small note to thank you for your research into our family and the rewards we have all received. Without you we would never have known all about this side of our family, although my mum did keep in contact with her step sister in Canada, there was never a connection with the one in America. Many thanks once again.
I received cheque/monies. Thank you and the team for your hard good work.
— D Anderson
I just wanted to thank you for all your efforts and for your helpfulness with my enquiries.
— A Paterson
Phone: 01473 344942
Christopher Ferry, BA (Hons)
There are two main aspects to my job. The first is meeting the problem-solving challenge of putting together an accurate family tree as fast as possible from just a name and date of death. The process at this point does not show anything but the facts of the bloodlines. It is only when you contact the relatives that you are able to change the ‘facts’ into real personalities with the stories they tell. It’s at this point that the second aspect of a case manager’s work kicks in. It’s very much a gear change, because it’s imperative to take time to deal openly and sensitively with potential beneficiaries.
Christopher joined Anglia Research in 2009 from a background in business economics and management. He is a skilled researcher who often deals with cases involving property and land-related issues. He has a particular interest in helping to bring empty homes back into use.
Christopher's interviews and articles: How can something as big as a house be missed from someone’s estate? 100 lost heirs, Explaining the family tree verification process, The case of the unlawfully disturbed urn.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christopher Ferry for his kindness and understanding in the research case of the above named.
Christopher has been clear in communication, kind in his efforts and professional throughout. Although the case is not closed yet, to date is has been an absolute pleasure to see how he works with members of the public/people your company has to have contact with. The world needs more people like him.
— Claire Durrant
We write this letter in grateful thanks to Chris Ferry of the Ipswich office of Anglia Research and to apprise you of your colleague's work ethic and attention to detail. Chris has at all times been courteous, knowledgeable and helpful to a fault. Without his sterling efforts and continued input and help we would not have been able to achieve the result we did.
— Sue Bowles
I would just like to thank you for all the work you have done in processing my case. Although the money did not amount to a great deal, I am sure that the effort you put into this case was no less than if it had been a vast fortune.
The tracking of my family tree was particularly satisfying and I would just like to thank you again.
— M Sammons
Dear Mr Ferry
On returning from holiday last Friday I was delighted to find waiting for me a cheque for £499.71.... Finding myself one of the beneficiaries from the estate... came as a complete surprise to me and I am now writing to thank you for "tracking me down", which has resulted in me receiving this money.
Thank you also for all the information which you have very kindly given to me regarding several members of my family tree.
— J Lipscombe
I would like to say how helpful we found Anglia, especially Christopher Ferry the case manager. My wife Linda phoned up a few times and found him very understanding.
— Malcolm Richardson (view Google review)
Phone: 01473 344944
Georgia Lightbody, CertHE
When dealing with beneficiaries, I aim to make the process as easy and accessible as possible. I very much enjoy speaking with people from all walks of life and hearing their family history – it brings our research to life.
In her previous role, Georgia was a commercial finance broker. Her love of genealogy and her administrative skills brought her to Anglia Research, where her warm, commonsense approach helps her guide beneficiaries through the process of building a successful kinship claim.
For the record, I would like to express my appreciation for the care and helpfulness you have shown me. As a younger member of the staff, I would like your superiors to know that you are indeed an excellent ambassador for the company. Many thanks.
— W Lamsdale
I never thought I would have any dealings with research companies but Anglia Research and especially Georgia the lady who was dealing with me were very kind and compassionate. Even if you sometimes don't see your loved ones for a long time for whatever reason, Georgia treated me very well.... Thank you Anglia Research and especially Georgia.
— Bernadette Ross (view Google review)
Ellicia Petersen, BA (Hons)
Ellicia has a passion for genealogy, an eye for detail and a first class degree in classical civilisation from the University of Roehampton. Before joining Anglia Research, she worked in the special risks sector writing reports assessing the threat posed by buried unexploded WW2 bombs on modern day construction sites.
Dear Anglia Research,
I would like to compliment and thank your case worker Ellicia Petersen whom I have just spoken with regarding her efforts to trace all surviving relatives of my late cousin. May I say that her customer care, sympathetic manner and personal gentleness & consideration are absolutely exemplary. Ellicia is a wonderful asset to your organisation and it would have been thoughtless of me in the extreme had I not taken the time to let you know that.
As someone who has worked with customer facing organisations all my life, I found her overall approach to be of the highest order, and praiseworthy in every respect.
— Gerard Hennessy
I particularly would like to thank Elicia Petersen who I found very helpful at a sad time for me on hearing of my cousin's demise. She handled all my enquiries with an informed and sympathetic manner and helped me to get in touch with my long-lost family for which I cannot thank her enough.
— S Brookner
The mystery of the unknown relative and a small inheritance was made easy to understand thanks to the professional, warm and approachable manner of Ellicia Petersen.
My thanks to Anglia Research for their advice and support throughout this unique experience.
— John Parker
Great service.... Ellicia Petersen took a few details over the phone from me and then sorted everything out and i got a cheque.... What more could you ask for.... Many thanks Ellicia and Anglia Research.
— Michael Darke (view Google review)
I would like to thank Ellicia for all of the support that she has given my family. She excelled in her listening and supporting skills and was always prepared to go the extra mile where possible. We could trust her to always come back to us with an answer to our questions.
— Jeanette Stevinson (view Google review)
I have forwarded your findings to my sister.... She'll be so interested in the conclusion of this project. May I thank your company for getting so far with the research – where all the other groups who contacted us have failed.
— Name withheld by request.
This has all been a very big shock to us but I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support in the process.
— Name withheld by request.
Matthew Stewart, BA (Hons)
A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Matthew worked in sales and marketing in the exhibition and conference industry for over a decade, assisting clients with events projects throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.
He has a long-standing interest in genealogy, having researched his own family history for a decade – a notable success with DNA testing, which led to the discovery of a lost branch of his family, was featured in the BBC documentary series Family Finders in 2016.
It was Matthew’s enthusiasm for family history that motivated him to apply to Anglia Research, where his in-depth knowledge of Irish records reinforces the strength of our team.
Kadean Vendryes, JP
I thoroughly enjoy trying to solve the mystery of each case, which always has a unique story. On the one hand, it’s sad to have to inform relatives that the case subject has passed away, sometimes years ago, but it is rewarding beyond one’s imagination to see the closure it brings when relatives have been searching for their loved ones for years upon years.
The beneficiaries are so appreciative of the research done by our team, even beyond the inheritance that they stand to gain.
Kadean is a justice of the peace and a former banker based in Kingston, Jamaica. She is also a licensed realtor, with qualifications in land and business law.
A keen genealogist, she will soon be in her fourth year with Anglia Research, helping to ensure that when members of the Caribbean diaspora die intestate in the UK, their relatives in Jamaica, or elsewhere in the Caribbean, receive their rightful inheritance.
Her in-depth knowledge of local archives, as well as of the diverse cultures and ethnicities of the region, make her input invaluable.
To find out more about Kadean's role, read this interview with our Caribbean probate research team.
Kay Morgan, BA (Hons) MBA
Kay has a master's degree in business administration from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.
It was her love of genealogy, coupled with her desire to reunite assets with their rightful owners, that attracted her to Anglia Research. Before coming to us, she ran her own service sector business and has also worked as a senior business adviser.
Kay has particular expertise in Celtic research and manages our research teams in Scotland and Ireland.
Determined – and with a passion for tasks that offer a challenge – in 1991 she undertook the dangerous and difficult trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the world's highest free-standing mountain at 5895 metres.
Kay's articles: A past full of secrets, Irish genealogy: missing records and amazing memories, A question of identity.
In a relatively short period of time after Kay contacted us, my siblings and myself received an inheritance connected to our mother who passed away more than 30 years ago. Anglia Research managed to trace my mother from Northern Ireland to Canada, find us and distribute my mother's brother's estate. Thank you so much for your hard work and tenacity.
— I Auer, Ontario, Canada
I would like to thank Kay and the team at Anglia Research. They managed to trace both my sister and myself in Australia to inform us of the death 10 years ago of a relative we did not know of. Apparently we were entitled to a small inheritance. We only had to supply some details of ourselves, Anglia Research did everything else. We would have no hesitation in recommending this company.
— Name withheld by request.
Whilst being very wary of your initial contact regarding a possible inheritance, there are all too many scams these days, I made a series of enquiries into your organisation to satisfy myself of your legitimacy in this field before agreeing to proceed, although I admit, still with some reservations.
What followed was a reassuring & professional service guiding me through this unfamiliar process from Kay Morgan of Anglia Research, following on seamlessly through probate with Diane Yarrow-Smith.
Each stage was appropriately documented & explained together with agreement of eventual commissions, including details of estate & probate expenses, as the procedure unfolded, concluding in 23 relatives proportionally inheriting monies from an estate they originally knew nothing about.
I believe my experience represents a standard which other companies should aspire to emulate & do not hesitate in recommending your services to others who may find themselves pondering a similar situation in the future.
— David Welton
I would like to express my grateful thanks to Kay Morgan for her sheer dedication in obtaining... the inheritance of my late husband's uncle. Presented with evidential difficulty in Ireland, Kay persisted and the funds were released.
I was also very impressed by the probate which was handled very efficiently by Sue Underwood of Wolsey Probate. As I work for a very well established legal company in Devon I know how lengthy this process can be.
— M O'Meara
It did not seem right to me to take this money without giving a proper thank you to those like yourself who did all the hard work. I have attached a copy of a receipt of a donation to St Andrews Hospice.... In case you are unable to read the receipt it says ‘For Kay Morgan and staff at Anglia Research in memory of R Murphy’.
— C Craig
Phone: 01704 518963
Michelle qualified as a legal executive in 1999. When she came to Anglia Research in 2011, she brought with her an enviable array of administrative and research skills gained over a decade’s work in the criminal justice system and the Home Office.
Her practical approach to problem solving makes her a welcome addition to the team at our Southport office, where she combines her skills with a long-standing interest in genealogy.
Phone: 01704 518968
Working for Anglia Research really is a dream come true. I have a keen interest in ancestry and genealogy, having researched my own family tree over recent years. This fascination, coupled with more than two decades of investigative experience, has allowed me to expand my skills and knowledge in genealogical research and analysis.
Carl joined Anglia Research in 2016, bringing with him 24 years’ investigative experience as an officer with Merseyside Police. He is currently studying for a BSc in psychology with the Open University.
Level headed, methodical and with a keen eye for detail, Carl is a welcome addition to our Southport team.
Carl's articles: Finding next of kin for SAS men of WW2.
Thank you so much for all the hard work you have put into tracing possible beneficiaries of a recently deceased family member. The family here in Cardiff has very much enjoyed the journey we took with you to find out more about our ancestors and extended family.
The way that Anglia Research operates with a dedicated case manager ensures that communication is always timely, efficient, extremely informative, professional and above all a very pleasant experience.
— Carol Docker
I just wanted to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the trouble Carl has gone to in order to track down next of kin of wartime SAS men. His efforts mean they may attend the opening of a memorial to their relatives who were shot after capture in 1944. Although the crime scenes were covered over, after much research, I have located them and am funding two memorials to be erected this summer at the exact locations. However, I lacked the expertise required to find families and Carl, having spotted my Twitter appeal, has done sterling work in putting them in touch with me. This is much appreciated not only by the families but also by the modern Regiment. Thank you.
— The Author, The SAS and LRDG Roll of Honour 1941-47
Happy New Year Carl,
I would just like to thank you on behalf Geoff's family for dealing with his estate. We think it was a very good service you also kept us informed of all progress. Well done to Wolsey Probate and Anglia.
— L Swift
I am just writing a swift note to say thank you for the service we have received from Carl Bargh. Carl contacted us regarding a possible inheritance from a distant relative. Although nothing has come of the case financially it has alerted us to a part of our family which we knew little about. With information from Carl we can now research a little more of our history. Throughout the process Carl has been sensitive and thoughtful. The information he has provided has been interesting and insightful. Many thanks.
— B Minnis
Dear Carl and Nick,
On behalf of my sister, cousin and myself, I would like to thank you for your diligence and consideration in bringing the distribution of the estate to a conclusion. You have both been thorough and honest in replying to my concerns during this process, which was alien to us.
— David S, Solihull
Alec Rigby, BSc (Hons)
Alec graduated in 2012 and after a couple of years working in local government settled upon his vocation as a probate genealogist. Five years later, in 2019, he joined Anglia Research. An enthusiastic and motivated team-player, with proven research skills, he is a welcome addition to our Southport team.
Hannah Horton, BA (Hons)
Deputy Case Director
When I was a teenager my grandmother encouraged me to research our family tree. I soon came to love searching through the census collections and birth, marriage and death records. Studying history with sociology at university was a natural progression. Now, working for Anglia Research, I do a job that I love. I enjoy speaking to beneficiaries over the phone. It is very rewarding to help somebody uncover their family tree.
Hannah studied history with sociology at Oxford Brookes University, where her ambitious thesis on infanticide in Victorian Suffolk involved working extensively with primary sources at national and local archives. She joined Anglia Research soon after graduating with first-class honours (you can read an article about Hannah on the Oxford Brookes website).
Her natural curiosity, initiative and solid research background make her an invaluable member of our team.
Hannah's articles: Research skills matter, Hannah fixes error by council's heir hunters, Tale of a hidden hero.
My dealings with Anglia Research began in January 2016 with a phone call completely out of the blue from Hannah Cooper informing me that I may be entitled to a share in the estate of my deceased cousin. Never expecting anything like this could happen to me, I was of course very sceptical at first but Anglia Research have been very helpful to me as “Representative to the Estate”, especially Hannah Cooper who has answered my numerous questions and helped me with anything I was unable to understand over the past months. My brother Frank and myself would like to thank Anglia Research most sincerely for their help and professionalism.
— E Tutt
Called me out of the blue following the death of a second cousin that I had never known who had died intestate. I was sceptical at first but have to say that Anglia and their associate company Wolsey handled everything in a very professional manner. Many thanks to Hannah Cooper and Sue Underwood and I would 100% recommend their services.
— Terry Hatton (view Google review)
Anglia Research Services provided detailed, thorough documentation for each step of the process. Every question I asked was answered promptly and fully. They were faultlessly professional in all respects. Also, case manager Hannah Cooper deserves a raise.
— T Byrnes (Canada)
Thank you for all your hard work… Many thanks for the family tree which arrived yesterday. It is very interesting and so nice to be reminded of relatives that I had almost forgotten about as so many have moved away and usually abroad.
— Mrs M
I would certainly recommend Anglia Research for the professional way the whole service was conducted and the fact that you, Hannah, were easily contactable and nothing, however insignificant, was too much trouble.
— B Johnson
Paul has joined Anglia Research with over 20 years of experience in the probate research industry. With his considerable knowledge of the southern counties and keen eye for the finer details he is a welcome addition to our team.
Paul’s interest in probate genealogy was sparked after researching and locating a missing family member.
Phone: 01473 344962
Ian Marson, member of AGRA and ASGRA
Ian is based in South Yorkshire. His interest in genealogy dates back to 1979. In 1998 he left his position in the corporate sector to set up as a freelance researcher. He has never looked back.
A full member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) since 2004, Ian was chair of the association for six years, and is now a fellow of AGRA. He is also a member of ASGRA, the accrediting body for genealogists in Scotland.
Ian's articles: Helping solve problems with unregistered property, A case involving unregistered property in East Yorkshire.
Judith Mitchell, BA (Hons), member of AGRA
Judith has been researching her own family history since the mid 1990s. Previously an editor for a book publisher, in 2009 she started providing a professional research service to clients.
A full member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), Judith is based in Epsom and specialises in researching in archives in London and the surrounding area, especially at The National Archives.
Robert Davison, member of AGI
After 30 years' service with British Transport Police, Robert retired to Northern Ireland with the intention (amongst other things) of tracing his father’s family roots. He carried out groundwork research through membership of the North of Ireland Family History Society and was soon working as a genealogist on a semi-professional basis.
He became involved in probate research as a result of what he describes as a ‘series of spooky coincidences’ and for many years acted as a probate researcher in Ireland for UK and Australian clients.
In 2003 he was admitted as a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (now Accredited Genealogists Ireland), which is dedicated to maintaining high standards in research.
Robert considers that his police background is a major advantage when conducting research, but realises that he is on a constant learning curve. He has come to be philosophical about cases that do not work out. Sometimes ‘the documents you are looking for are in the safe on the Titanic’.
Originally from France, Sophie is based in London. Over the past 13 years she has honed her research skills in the register offices, archives and libraries of the capital. No two days are ever the same for Sophie, but the excitement of reuniting rightful heirs with lost assets is a constant driving force. The more complex the genealogical puzzle, the more she enjoys solving it.
Carolyn Felgate, BSc (Hons)
I enjoy the flexibility of the work I do, the fact that you never know where a case is going to lead and being in a position to spark an interest in genealogy with potential beneficiaries.
Carolyn joined Anglia Research in 2005, having returned from a year travelling the world. With a background in publishing and insurance, including claims negotiation, she was well-placed to transfer her administrative and team-working skills to the world of probate genealogy.
She has a talent for untangling complicated tax issues, very old estates and family trees that extend around the globe – and she's the go-to expert on cases that have complex Australian or New Zealand connections.
Carolyn's articles: When patience and persistence pay off.
It was a lovely surprise today to receive your correspondence and cheque regarding settlement of funds regarding the estate. I would like to thank yourself in particular and your team for the effort and time spent on my behalf. A truly professional and outstanding service and I couldn't be any happier with the outcome. The whole process maybe long but was explained clearly and we all knew where we stood with your updates.Without your organisation I wouldn't have even known about the estate and it has also enabled me to get back in touch with family I hadn't been in contact with for years. My sincere grateful thanks. Sterling work.
— A Thomas
We wish to thank Carolyn for the professional and efficient manner in which she conducted herself regarding our claim. There are so many chancers out there in this industry so it’s reassuring to come across a true professional who gets results quickly and efficiently.
— Mr Taylor
Your efficient and considerate professionalism throughout the whole of this saga has been hugely appreciated – you have certainly earned your “corn” and greatly enhanced the reputation of Anglia Research Services in the process.
I am still rather stunned, having now seen the monies, and am very grateful for your gentle persistence Carolyn... I am sure you will not forget my initial and subsequent incredulity! Thanks again for persevering.
— Name withheld by request.
Today I have received my share of the above estate. My niece received hers some days ago... Thank you very much for your research in this matter, without which we would never have known of the existence of the inheritance.
— Name withheld by request.
I was very pleased with the way Anglia research dealt with my claim, I had no idea of my claim until Carolyn Felgate contacted me with the surprise news of my inheritance & she then went on to do all the necessary business, keeping me informed of the process & finally sending me the payment. I am very thankful for your service Carolyn.
— Tom Meazza (view Google review)
Anglia Research over more than 12 months proved to be easy partners to progress a claim we had no idea we could benefit from. The initial reaction was to think here comes a letter from someone with fraud in mind but this was quickly dispelled when Carolyn Felgate Case Manager said she would never need my bank details because when all was complete a cheque would be sent. And so after a few long gaps a cheque arrived.
— Thank you Carolyn from a Happy Beneficiary
My inheritance payment was received in full yesterday. Many thanks to you and your team for all your efforts and success on this amazing initiative.
I guess you are not finished yet, but you have done an amazing job so far. Finding and reading all those wills! To say nothing of locating the heirs...Thanks for sending the family tree.
Phone: 01473 344945
Caroline Gerard, MA
Caroline’s interest in genealogy grew out of her fascination with both people and history, with the various threads which help to make us what we are and with the twists and turns of circumstances which lead us to where we are now. For over 20 years as a professional she has been helping people with their own familial discoveries.
When she’s not roaming Scottish archives and records offices, Caroline can be found recording gravestone inscriptions, clearing weeds and ivy with the Friends of Warriston Cemetery, editing the quarterly journal of the Scottish Genealogy Society or exploring and explaining the history of Dean Village, once Edinburgh’s main milling area.
Graham Hicks, BA (Hons), member of AGRA
Graham is based in Lancashire. His interest in genealogy started over 30 years ago when a favourite aunt died and he started researching her family. Before he knew it, he was hooked.
Having worked for the National Trust for over 20 years, looking after properties that were open to the public, he left in 2008 and later started his own genealogy research business.
Graham is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a full member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.
Nick Flower, Solicitor
Head of Probate Administration
Nick qualified as a solicitor in 1995 – the same year that he won a Law Society prize.
Now, more than 20 years later, his commitment to excellence remains undiminished.
Previously with Bates Wells & Braithwaite, where he headed up the wills, trusts and probate department, Nick came to Anglia Research in 2017. As head of probate administration, he guides the in-house team that assists with every stage of the legal process, from applying for a grant of letters of administration to valuing the deceased’s assets, paying any debts and taxes, and distributing the estate.
He and his team aim to give every client the best possible support: a friendly, efficient service, tailored to their individual situation.
Nick's articles: Is there an intestacy? How to tell if a will is fraudulent, Unconventional wills: valid or intestacy?
Unfortunately when Anglia contacted me I had already signed up with another research firm and it was too late to change, but I had become disappointed with the way they and their recommended solicitors were handling matters. I dismissed the solicitors and appointed Wolsey, Anglia’s probate department, which turned out to be the best move I could have made. They gave a more personal and professional service, lived up to their reputation of being quick yet thorough and kept the costs down to a very reasonable figure. My thanks to Nick and Wolsey Probate.
— Peter Smith
Nick Ingham, LLB (Hons)
Nick joined the company in 2006 from a claims litigation background of over 20 years with solicitors and insurers.
Nick was pivotal in setting up a new legal practice in 2001 to handle volume claimant personal injury work sourced from blue chip referrers. The practice was created on the basis of systems and processes developed by Nick, and he undertook the firm's accountancy, IT and litigation functions for the following five years. He came to Anglia Research with a wealth of business experience, in addition to being a keen family historian.
Nick now likes to think of himself as ‘a genealogist with a law degree’ and views his current role as a unique and challenging opportunity to combine his interest in the two subjects with the demands of providing specialist advice and assistance arising from the various services offered by Anglia Research.
Nick's articles: A helping hand.
Your success in this matter is much appreciated. I also thank you for your courtesy and prompt response to my letters and telephone calls.
— D Barnes
Phone: 01473 344949
Sue joins Anglia Research from Birketts, which is ranked as a top 100 UK law firm and highly rated for probate work. Having spent 17 years at Birketts as a probate executive specialising in intestate estates, Sue has a huge fund of practical experience. She attends to all aspects of estate administration, and particularly relishes complex cases.
Sue, I know things will be busy as we approach the holidays and since I am sure my sister and cousins appreciate your thorough and expeditious work on Barbara’s estate as much as I do, I’d like to express our collective thanks as the representative of our group. And as a ‘personal representative’ in training I very much appreciate your advice and guidance along the way.
— Mr Harcourt
With 17 years’ experience working in financial controller and accounting roles in the insurance, medicines and manufacturing industries, Madeleine is responsible for the smooth running of our finance department.
Nicki has many years' experience as a legal secretary working for leading regional law firms. With extensive knowledge of dealing with probate matters, Nicki is organised, articulate and is an excellent addition to our growing team.
With a background in business development and office management, Emma’s efficiency, helpful attitude and strong organisation skills make her an invaluable member of the probate team.
With a background in sales, bookkeeping and business accounts, Vanessa supports the in-house finance team.
Julie has many years experience working as a secretary/PA with a background in banking, accountancy and law.
With her in-depth experience of the legal sector and her kind and helpful nature, Julie is a welcome addition to our team and will be supporting her colleagues in both the estate administration and finance teams
Rosie Kelly, BA (Hons), ACILEx, CIPP/E
Information Law Consultant
Rosie is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a Certified Information Privacy Professional. She also has a first class honours degree in English Literature from the University of York.
Rosie specialises in privacy and data law, and she particularly advises Anglia Research in relation to obligations and rights under the UK GDPR, PECR and Freedom of Information Act.
Rosie's articles: Why your will might be invalid, Celebrity intestacies should be a warning to us all, Tracing absentee freeholders, Ashes, urns and the law on moving human remains, How murder affects inheritance rules, Is there an intestacy? How to tell if a will is fraudulent, Unconventional wills: valid or intestacy?
Business Development Manager
Joe joined Anglia Research in October 2020 to head the Business Development team at our Ipswich office. He brings with him 20 years of business development and marketing experience from the financial services sector. He has worked at one of Europe’s largest insurance and investment firms and two of the world’s top three brokers. Joe enjoys building long lasting and successful business partnerships.
In his youth, Joe was a keen sportsman, representing his county at both cricket and football. He is now a family man with a daughter and two sons.
Joe's articles: Probate Research needs regulation by Government.
Phone: 01473 344 941
Emma Mullock, BA (Hons) CIPD
Human Resources Manager
Emma is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has 15 years' experience working in human resources. An expert in employment law and best practice in human resources, she ensures that we recruit the best people and oversees the professional development of our ever-expanding team.
Sam Watkin, BA (Hons) PGDip Gen
I love my job with Anglia Research. It puts my degree and my post grad diploma to such good use. I find it fascinating tracking individual lives against the backdrop of nineteenth and twentieth century history – and reuniting long lost family members is extremely rewarding.
Before she came to Anglia Research in 2015, Sam worked as a library adviser for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for 17 years.
Her interest in genealogy dates back to when she was very young, listening to family stories from her nan. She has a BA (Hons) in history, as well as a post graduate diploma in genealogical studies from the University of Strathclyde. Her knowledge of historical records, combined with her analytical and research skills, and her commitment to customer service, make her a great addition to our Southport team.
Sam's interviews and articles: How ATS war records solved a case, Between two families, The face of the father he never knew, South African's search for family completed in 24 hours.
I found your service excellent, very professional and friendly. Also very helpful. Thank you for everything.
— Mr D Bradshaw
Thank you once again. A meticulous explanation Sam, and interesting. Now we are really well informed, and should we come across someone who would doubt your validity as a company, we will be able to fully impede negative comments! You have dealt with everything very professionally and kindly. We sincerely thank you for your diligent work and caring attitude.
— Christopher and Patricia
Thanks for the tree, it's awesome. After talking to you, you have sparked something in me I never knew about myself: an interest in my past. Thank you.
— Mr Constantine
Sam, thank you so much for everything; for all your hard work and patience, and for the lovely cheque I received this morning. I really just can’t thank you enough.
— Mrs Derrant
I found it a very pleasant experience dealing with Anglia Research. The staff were polite and courteous and were happy to answer the many questions that I had about my family. I asked for a copy of my family tree which arrived in the post the next day. The experience has prompted me to search for more details of lost relatives.
— Nora Brennan
Hi Sam, thanks for all you have done for me and for sending me the family tree. I have found it a pleasant experience communicating with you over a little time. Thanks again. Regards Heather
Anglia Research has been very professional and transparent during the process of confirming our links to a relative who died without a will. Sam Watkins has answered all of our queries honestly and promptly, telling us what to expect every step of the way. We are very happy with the service and the outcome.
— Janice Williams
PA to Philip Turvey
As well as filling the role of office administrator, Emma is personal assistant to executive director Philip Turvey.
Emma came to Anglia Research in 2016, following six years working in publishing, where she gained experience of all areas of business administration. Her organised approach and keen eye for detail make her a welcome addition to the team at our Ipswich office.
Phone: 01473 358233
Philip Turvey, BA (Hons)
After graduating in business studies, Philip joined Anglia Research in its early years to manage the day-to-day functions of the business.
His unparalleled research knowledge is a major asset to the company. Over many years, the knowledge he has accumulated of specialist and sometimes obscure areas of probate and intestacy practice has earned the respect of the legal profession.
As Philip says, “When it comes to intestacies and unclaimed assets, one can never predict the legal journey that lies ahead. The simplest case can unexpectedly branch out into almost any area of law.”
Philip's articles: Judge orders refund of unfair charges, Following the letter of the law, Double charging: unethical, unjustifiable and rife, Case history of James Taylor, Guarding against risk, Why conduct a bankruptcy search?
Anglia Research are able to locate property owners who seem to drop off the radar, whilst other firms are unable to do so. I have been impressed by the dogged determination of Philip Turvey to leave no stone unturned. A great outcome.
— Peter Gilman, Chairman, GMI Group
I approached Anglia Research on the recommendation of my solicitor at a very difficult time – my family and I had just discovered the existence of a fraudulent will. All of the family knew it was fraudulent but we had to persuade the civil court (and later the police) of what the fraudsters had done and how they had done it. It was an extremely stressful time for us and in addition, our solicitor suggested we do as much of the work as possible to reduce costs, so I approached Philip Turvey, of Anglia Research, to discover more about the man who claimed to be the sole beneficiary of my mother's will. Very quickly and efficiently Philip Turvey found details of who he was and his relationship to a person closely connected to my mother. This was a complete surprise to myself and the family and it quickly enabled us to move forward with our enquiries and evidence collection. I am very glad to say that both the civil and criminal cases were successful. I will always be grateful for the professionalism and understanding offered by Anglia Research and of Philip Turvey in particular at this difficult time.