photo of Eileen Butcher

Position: Regional Manager


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 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: A name for an unknown soldierInheritances that open doorsHow 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

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)

Hello Eileen,
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.
— Karl

Testimonial for Eileen Butcher

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.

You can read another testimonial here.