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John Pretty, BSc(Hons)

Hello, my name is John Pretty. I am the principal researcher at Family Trees and Ancestry.

I am a graduate of the University of Manchester and a professional genealogist. I am an associate member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA). Associate membership of this organisation is only obtainable on submission of appropriate references from clients, and is your guarantee of a professional service.

I have been engaged in genealogical research since I was nineteen, a period of over 30 years, and in that time I have visited many archive centres and record offices throughout the United Kingdom. I am highly experienced in the reading, handling and transcribing of archive documents.

Family Trees and Ancestry will be very happy to research your family history for you. We produce an attractive binder full of the results of our research work, including family trees and written reports on individuals and families. Where possible copies of original documents are provided.

We are happy to tailor our research work to suit your needs. For example, if you require specialist advice on aspects of your own research work, or if you would like help in researching one particular individual. We are skilled at solving difficult cases.

Please read a selection of comments about our service on our Testimonials page.

Please see our Products and Services page for further details of the research packages we offer. If you would like us to work for you then please contact us for further details.

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