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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.