How can I help you?
Please contact me with any initial queries and I will provide a no obligation quotation free of charge.
With the exception of family tree packages, all types of family history research are conducted according to my current hourly rate.
I conduct research at Cambridgeshire Archives, Cambridge University Library, the Cambridgeshire Collection, Suffolk Record Office at Bury St Edmunds and Essex Archives without additional travel costs. A small charge is included within the first hour's fee to cover parking costs.
Travel charges for other local record offices are calculated by mileage and further details are available on request. I will advise in advance of any costs associated with travel.
Documents are supplied at cost price. Where copies of documents are required and a definite cost of these cannot be determined upfront, the cost will be deducted from the amount paid and the amount of research reduced accordingly on a pro rata basis.
I accept payments by cheque (UK clients only), bank transfer and credit card.
Please make cheques payable to “Dr Karen Cummings”.
Where clients choose to pay by bank transfer ALL fees are to be paid by the client.
A 5% surcharge will be added to all payments made by credit card. Payments by credit card are processed through PayPal but a PayPal account is not required.
For commissions of £100 or lower full payment is required in advance of any research to secure a research slot.
For commissions over £100 the following terms apply:
Once a package or program of work has been agreed and you have informed me of your chosen method of payment I will send out an appropriate invoice.
If the initial payment required is not received in a timely manner any time estimate for research provided at the time of enquiry may change.
Please also see the Terms of Service.
When I first started to look at who could help me research my family tree, it quickly became apparent that there were lots of companies out there on the internet who could offer what is basically an ‘off the shelf report’ for what appears to be relatively low cost and probably little reward at the end of the day. I was looking for something more, a professional well qualified researcher who could produce a bespoke piece of work and Karen has certainly met my expectations. The document Karen produced for my family is well written, presented and clearly researched. I have no hesitation in recommending Karen if you want a family tree you can hand down to your own family and keep for future generations as I did.