People Search Tracing Services

People Search provides probate research and tracing services for the legal profession, training, publications and extensive adoption research along with family tracing.

Our research and tracing services for the legal profession includes tracing a person to their current location from the smallest piece of information, no matter how out of date. For intestacy, complete family trees can be compiled to account for all entitled heirs - we need only a death certificate or name and date of death to make a start. Beneficiaries of wills, pensions and policies can be located quickly and discreetly.

Karen's most recent book is on Adoption Research, a field in which she has much experience and is fast gaining a reputation as a leading expert. Tracing birth parents is a specialty.

People Search can also assist in finding lost relatives whether they are estranged, lost touch or never met - absent fathers or descendants of common ancestors, for example.

Karen also runs online courses for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring (, has run workshops, given lectures and is a trained adult education teacher. She is a member of AGRA (The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) and ofThe Association of Professional Genealogists.


family history tracing ancestorsKaren's latest book, Tracing Your Twentieth-Century Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians, may now be pre-ordered on Amazon by using the following link: click here to go to Amazon.

The recent past is so often neglected when people research their family history, yet it can be one of the most rewarding periods to explore, and so much fascinating evidence is available.

The rush of events over the last century and the rapid changes that have taken place in every aspect of life have been dramatic, and the lives of family members of only a generation or two ago may already appear remote. That is why Karen Bali's informative and accessible guide to investigating your immediate ancestors is essential reading, and a handy reference for anyone who is trying to trace them or discover the background to their lives.

In a sequence of concise, fact-filled chapters she looks back over the key events of the twentieth century and identifies the sources that can give researchers an insight into the personal stories of individuals who lived through it. She explains census and civil records, particularly those of the early twentieth century, and advises readers on the best way to get relevant information from directories and registers as well as wills and other personal documents.

Chapters also cover newspapers - which often provide personal details and offer a vivid impression of the world of the time - professional and property records and records of migration and naturalization. This practical handbook is rounded off with sections on tracing living relatives and likely future developments in the field.

About Karen

searching for people online Karen established People Search Tracing Services in 1997 after a long interest in genealogy research. Since then the business has developed to include more aspects of family and legal research with a special interest in adoption and probate.

As a trained counsellor, Karen is able to deal sensitively and sympathetically with all aspects of family research. Karen is a member of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) and APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) - both associations have a code of practice. Karen lives in Hampshire and is married with two adult children.

Follow Karen on Twitter @BaliKaren

Testimonials from Clients

These are extracts from just a few letters about the service. Copies of the original letters received by People Search may be viewed on request.

Dear Karen
I am writing to pass on my grateful thanks to you for your determined and thorough efforts in tracing a large number of beneficiaries worldwide in connection with an estate I am currently administering. Your success in tracing the beneficiaries and the clear and concise presentation of your material has been of enormous help to me in this matter.
Yours sincerely, J Margrave, Solicitor, Surrey

Dear Mrs Bali
On behalf of myself and my family we would like to thank you for the wonderful job you for us in tracing our aunt. Thank you for your hard work and quick thorough service.
Mrs K. Kiel, Hampshire

Dear Karen
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work on tracing our missing beneficiary in the Bowman estate. I look forward to working with you again soon.
Yours sincerely, Ms B Collett, Pensions Administrator.

Dear Karen
Thank you for helping to find my natural father. Despite a lack of birth date, place and with nominal information you were able to locate his address. The day after I posted a letter to him I received a phone call from his wife to say that he had died recently of cancer. I found I had two brothers and one, Steve, then phoned. We’ve since met and I stayed with him, meeting several other family members. Your research and dedication have been invaluable…the missing part of me has been found.
Thank you again, Mr W Bone, Bristol.

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