“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Probate genealogy is an unregulated industry, but at Anglia Research accountability is important.

That’s why we employ more accredited genealogists and legally qualified staff than any other UK probate research company. These members of staff are all governed by the strict rules of their accrediting or regulating body.

Accredited genealogists

There are three professional associations that provide genealogical accreditation in the UK and Ireland:

  • the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA),
  • the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA),
  • Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI).

Anglia Research has more accredited members of these organisations than any other firm in the UK. We have seven full members of AGRA, ASGRA and AGI on our team. Our in-house training and collaborative methods ensure that their expertise is passed on to every other team member.

There are numerous other organisations that researchers can join, such as the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Society of Genealogists (SoG), but no expertise is required for membership.

You can find out more about AGRA accreditation and what it means here.

Our AGRA, ASGRA and AGI members are:

We know that your best guarantee of a legally sound outcome lies in the calibre of our team. Our investment in accredited staff is your assurance that an estate can be distributed safely.

Legally qualified staff

We constantly seek to extend our team’s expertise as legal service providers whose work touches on many areas of probate and intestacy law.

The Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) is currently the only professional body for probate researchers that has access to an independent complaints procedure and compensation scheme – both of which are essential if we are serious about offering our clients reassurance and protection.

The PPR acts as both a register and a regulator for professional paralegals. Consumers who use a paralegal on the register who holds a paralegal practising certificate have access to a second tier complaints procedure through the PPR including, in certain circumstances, the ability to receive compensation from the compensation fund.

The following members of staff hold current paralegal practising certificates and are regulated by the PPR:

Further peace of mind

In addition, our team includes two solicitors with a combined legal experience of almost 50 years. Commercial and compliance director Carolyn Lord and head of probate administration Nick Flower are both regulated by the SRA.

Our more recently recruited team members – all talented graduates or people with proven investigative skills – will work towards PPR membership, unless they are already members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, or working towards membership.

For our clients, this means that in addition to the guarantees offered by our own code of conduct, they will have the reassurance of connecting with a culture in which accountability to an independent regulator is fundamental.


Useful reading: AGRA accreditation - what it means and why it matters, Anglia Research joins the Association of Probate Researchers.