photo of Eileen Butcher

Position: Area Team Leader


Phone: 01704 518964

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 headhunt her and 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). She also holds a current paralegal practising certificate and is regulated by the PPR.

Eileen's interviews and articles: How genealogy and oral history can help vulnerable clientsWhen 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.

Eileen's testimonials:

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

Testimonial for Eileen Butcher

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

You can read another testimonial here.