Facts uncovered and mysteries solved
Kind Words From Previous Customers
Through my hard work and sheer determination I’ve produced some amazing results for my customers. I’d like to thank them for their kind words.
I engaged Ann on a number of military and general genealogy research projects over several years.
The results provide provenance for artefacts, art and militaria, which have a commercial value.
Consequently, any research must be of the highest standard, thoroughly researched with integrity and with trust that all avenues have been explored.
Being able to satisfy the most challenging of auctioneers and collectors that everything is appropriately represented is the ultimate test of Ann's ability!
You will not be disappointed in what is an outstanding, prompt and value for money service.
Pete Merrill Client
Living as I do, many thousands of miles from the UK, I do not have the ability to visit the National Archives nor I should say the 'know how' to conduct a proper search.
Therefore, like many people in a similar position, I needed to select a representative / researcher to complete this work on my behalf.
Unfortunately for me, my initial research was conducted by another organisation, with very, very limited results.
These searches can be deeply personal, in my case it was for military records for my late father. Feeling somewhat frustrated and a little sad, I made a decision to have one more try. Thank goodness I found Ann Swabey.
You will find Ann to be very prompt and professional in all her dealings and above all thorough in her research.
After, receiving the details she needed Ann took just a few days in uncovering the documents that were said not to exist! Pure joy!
If you are contemplating completing military or family research on a loved one or distant family member through the National Archives, then I urge you to strongly consider Ann Swabey as your choice as your personal researcher.
Duncan Howatson Customer - White Rock BC. Canada
We commissioned Ann to source the 1st Battalion Irish Guards' War Diary for January-February 1944 at the National Archives, so that we could have a little more detail and context for our trip to Anzio to pay our respects to a relative who died in battle there.
Ann was kind and helpful throughout the process, responding promptly to all our emails, and we would not hesitate to recommend her.
Once we receive our relative's military service records, we shall commission Ann once again as we try to fill gaps in our family's history.
Andy Withers Client - NSW Australia
Ann has been a tremendous help in trying to trace our military Great/Great Great Grandfather, scrolling through the Muster records, medical records and anything else that we thought might help in our quest.
Ann's efforts and findings have given us other avenues of research to investigate
in Ireland where our ancestor was born.
Judy Gardiner Client
I have dealt professionally with Ann for a number of years. In that time, on my behalf, she has carefully researched numerous recipients of medals in the 19th century. Without fail Ann has shown, by her dedication to the client, a deep understanding of the research required, and has exceeded the initial request by investigating other lines of enquiry resulting in unearthing documented historical facts of the subjects in question far exceeding that expected.
She is a professional researcher of the first order. I deem it a privilege to have had the business relationship that I enjoy. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ann to any prospective client.
Paul Boyd Company Chairman, UK
Ann Swabey has been carrying out family and military history research for the Nottingham Post and its Bygones nostalgia magazine since 2005. On many occasions she has been able to provide detailed and accurate facts and figures in response to requests from the newspaper and also from readers seeking background information to fill out their family trees. We will certainly be making further use of her knowledge and expertise in the future.
Andrew Smart Bygones Nottingham Post
Ann Swabey’s assistance in conducting the research for my website www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk was invaluable. She was able to access material quickly and efficiently saving me considerable time and money. I highly recommend her to anyone conducting research into the past.
Martin Arnold War Memorial Researcher UK
I retained Ann for a rather unusual project involving "independent companies" of British soldiers, not part of any regiment, in New York in 1700. Since the more typical military records do not go back that far, she has been delving into more unusual sources, including Colonial Office, Treasury, State Papers and High Court of Admiralty records. Most recently, her persistent efforts turned up Admiralty Court records relating to the voyage of a privately-owned ship in 1700 that brought my ancestor, a private in one of the companies, from Ireland to New York.
A truly astonishing find, given the absence of commercial shipping records from that time. My initial reaction, in an email to Ann, was: "It's been a long time since I sat in front of my computer with my jaw hanging down in astonishment. And admiration of your accomplishment."
Dexter Kenfield Client - USA
Ann Swabey has been recommended by the Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Collection) for many years now. Ann is quick, efficient and always manages to find information when all hope seems lost. Here at the Museum, we receive much praise for Ann’s work and have never had one complaint. Ann Swabey is highly recommended for all your research needs!
Jennifer Brookman Assistant Curator & Archivist, Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR Collection)
I first contacted Ann Swabey in May 2015 when I wanted to find out the First World War Military records of five Great Uncles (all Brothers) especially one who was in the R.F.C. in 1918 even though he was only aged 18. The speed of Ann's response, and the quality of the information found encouraged me ask for her help in solving a puzzle I had been working on for some time without success. The 1851 Census showed a "Duggy" Smith, aged 3, born in Romford, (Brother of my 2x Great Grandfather) but I could find no trace of him. Given just that information, and the names of Duggy's parents, Ann came back to me in four days to say she had found him - his name was Ebenezer Norville! I told her at the time that I thought she was brilliant to have solved the mystery, and once again the amount and quality of the information she posted to me was everything I could ask for. I will certainly be contacting Ann with more of my family history queries, although I will not expect her to be able to answer all my queries as some of the information may be impossible to find even though the surname will not be Smith this time. If the answers are there though, I am sure Ann will do her very best to find them.
Suzanne Smith Client - UK
Ann Swabey was instrumental in my early days of the Walker family history, in as far as she found the history behind my Fathers strange surname, that was different to mine. It took Ann months of patient research to find him, then one night the phone rang it was Ann " Eureka " she said I have found him
Now I am addicted to family history stretching all around the world..
I would recommend Ann in your search for family members.
James L Walker Client - UK
Ann has carried out research on both my grandfather's WWI records, & most recently my family history going back to the early 1800's.
She provides a quick & efficient service for those who do not wish to spend hours doing it themselves! Various routes of research are discussed, & her work gives good value for money.
Tim Harrison Client - UK
I am grateful to Ann for her speedy research in finding the identities and locations of members of two families that had eluded my own efforts to locate. Done and dusted very quickly. But for her I would still be looking.
David Birch Historian - Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, UK
I have been researching both sides of my family history for several years and each time I became stuck with finding a particular relative, both civil and military, Ann has been able to research in areas I was unable to reach, both at home and overseas. Ann offers a first class research service at very reasonable cost. Her proximity to the National Archive at Kew is an added bonus. I would not hesitate to recommend Ann Swabey if starting out on a quest for family history.
Alan Rose Client - UK
I have been using Ann to research my family. I have been completely satisfied by the results that she has produced, and i would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody researching their family.
Chris Cordwell Client - UK
Among the acknowledgements in our book is one to Ann Swabey. Ann sought out relevant information on dead soldiers and sailors, which was only accessible at the National Archives. Without her help it would have been an expensive and time-consuming process travelling from Nottingham down to London in order to search through the material ourselves. I would heartily commend her research services to anyone who has need of them.
Stephen Zaleski Editor of Lenton Times, Nottingham
These are the words of the Regimental Headquarters Archives department of the Sherwood Foresters in March 2008 when I first came across Ann's name. "We can recommend a researcher who will carry out work on your behalf". I can agree with this wholeheartedly from my experiences over 10 years now, all the research being for the WW2 period. I have found her very efficient and most of all enthusiastic on whatever areas of research the work has taken us and have recommended her to others and each has the same option of the service.
Trevor Smallman WW2 Researcher
If you are looking for a professional researcher to trace your family's history or need help to negotiate your way over a difficult brick wall, then it makes sense to use an experienced researcher who is located within easy reach of the National Archives at Kew. With Ann, you have that complete package. My research was to find the father I never knew, who has been cloaked in a veil of mystery for almost 60 years and was nothing but a ink blot on my birth certificate. It was a brick wall the size of China's and seemed impossible to get over. With help I did. my parents' story and Ann's tireless contribution is now documented in my book - The Daddy of all Mysteries by Jess Welsbey
Jess Welsby Author, UK
Ann's results to my requests were always promptly met, likewise her requests to me when I asked too vague a question of her. Our conversations were easy as though chatting over the garden fence, and not by email from opposite sides of the world.
A gift she has, I feel, as she delivers all the answers I needed, often with added information that I was unaware of, but were relevant. An excellent working relationship with some one I've never met, and never talked with.
David White, Writer, New Zealand Research of historical records
Ann has completed quite a lot of research at Kew for me over the past few years, which has involved both genealogy based research in WW1 era, as well as that for my own regimental interest in WW2. Through her efforts I have gained knowledge of entries in Medal rolls, service records, citations, War Diaries, Prisoner of War questionnaires, Merchant Navy records and even street directories.
Not only has she advised me on what is possible, she has gone out of her way to ensure that all avenues were investigated. When documents had not survived, as sadly is often the case, Ann has exhausted alternative sources on my behalf.
Her fees are very reasonable, cheaper than other researchers I contacted initially. She has always advised me of additional costs upfront and I always received copies of paperwork promptly upon receipt of payment.
I would highly recommend Ann to both beginners and to more advanced researchers who wish to gain access to archived material. Indeed, she was able to lead me through so much of my initial work and clarify what was available in the public domain, that I felt inspired to start my own commemorative website.
D Flanagan www.ww2guards.com
Ann Swabey obtained some Army records of my ancestral family who served from 1872 to 1878, from 1877 to 1879, and discharge papers in 1814.
As well as sending copies of the records, she also provided a summary which was most helpful especially in the case of not very legible information.
She is a friendly person who takes a real interest in her work, her charges are very reasonable and she produces the results very quickly.
I have recommended her to other people and would happily do so again.
Joy Dean Client
Ann Swabey has been the Worcestershire and The Sherwood Foresters Museum (The Sherwood Foresters Collection) recommended researcher for a number of years.
She has tirelessly carried out research for hundreds of families of former serving members of The Sherwood Foresters and their forebears at the National Archives at Kew in London.
Many people are aware that a large percentage of World war 1 records were destroyed during the Blitz in World War Two and so it can be disappointing for some but if there is anything to be found she will find it.
I have received countless emails, letters and telephone calls of praise from many of the families she has helped during these years and received not one complaint.
I G Edwards BEM Archivist WFR Museum - The Sherwood Foresters Collection
Ann has helped me with family research when I have been unable to make progress myself and her expertise and speed of response, plus her very friendly manner, means it is a pleasure to recommend her.
I have been a local historian in Notts for many years and just wish that Ann could join our local research team.
Val Bird Current Chair of Bramcote History Group