Charges & Terms

Family and Local History

Family and local history research is charged at £20 per hour for research at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies and other local county record offices. A minimum charge of £20 applies. Rates for other currencies can be quoted on request.

Research undertaken at the National Archives at Kew or at the Bodleian Library in Oxford is charged at £25 per hour. There is no charge for travel to the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies or the National Archives but a reasonable charge is made for travel costs incurred when travelling to other record offices. Other charges incurred in obtaining documents such as copies of birth, marriage and death certificates or photocopying documents will be charged at cost.

It is appreciated that it is impossible to predict at the outset exactly how much work will be entailed to research a full family history – each family is unique and much depends on factors such as the rarity of the surname, whether the family stayed in the same area and whether relevant records are still in existence. Some information can be found very quickly whereas for those more elusive ancestors a lot of digging is necessary! With a degree of luck it is often possible to trace English ancestors back to the eighteenth century or before but obviously this cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally it may not be possible to find any relevant information- in such cases you will be advised as soon as this becomes evident to avoid incurring additional costs but charges will still be made for time spent on the research.

For new clients, unless a total price can be identified in advance, (usually only feasible for small packages of work or if a Family Tree Package is purchased), it is suggested that at the outset it is worthwhile just paying for a couple of hours research. This is usually sufficient to find out some details about your family and from there a plan be agreed about how much further research is required if any. For larger research jobs this typically involves agreeing a cost or time limit so that you retain control over expenditure. The limit can be topped up as necessary if further work is required. Each report would detail all the costs incurred for the work undertaken.

House History research

Charges for house history research will vary depending on the age of the house and the specific requirements of the client. These will be discussed at the outset and a price agreed in advance.

Payment terms

A reasonable deposit is required before work is commenced although alternative payment terms can be agreed for established clients or commercial clients. An invoice will be issued on completion of the work and any balance due will be required within 14 days.

Payment can be made by cheque or by bank transfer. Alternatively payment can be made by credit card via PayPal (the email address to send payments is soughton@btopenworld.com ). A 5% surcharge will apply to PayPal payments to cover PayPal fees. Payment is usually required in pound sterling although alternative terms may be agreed.

Terms and Conditions

As a member of AGRA, Cathy abides by AGRA’s Code of Practice as outlined on their website http://www.agra.org.uk/codeofpractice.php  By instructing Bucks Research to undertake research clients are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions contained in this website.

Bucks Research is registered under the Data Protection Act with the Information Commissioner’s Office and all personal information received is treated in the strictest confidence.