Genealogy Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create an Heir Hunters resource page that you can always come to for help on heir hunting or simply family history and genealogy. I’ll add to it as I find new resources so I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links which helps keep this site free to use. These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I trust.


 Bona Vacantia

  • Bona Vacantia – The Treasury’s list of unclaimed estates in England and Wales and what to do if you think you’re an entitled heir.
  • Scottish Bona Vacantia – The Scottish list of unclaimed estates.


Professional Heir Hunters / Probate Genealogists/Researchers


  • Adoption Tracer – Adoption & family tracing & research
  • Yorkshire Origins – Yorkshire Origins is a small family run Probate and Genealogical Research company based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
  • Heir Hunters Association – Advice and directory of independent heir hunters
  • Fraser & Fraser Fraser & Fraser is one of the world’s largest firms of professional genealogists and probate researchers and feature heavily in the BBC’s Heir Hunters series.
  • Hoopers International Probate Genealogists Established in 1923 Hoopers are international probate genealogists that also feature in the BBC’s Heir Hunters series.
  • Celtic Research have been locating missing heirs for over 40 years and also appear in BBC’s Heir Hunters series.
  • Finders is another firm of probate genealogists.
  • HeirSearch – Find missing Heirs
  • GenGenie Scottish genealogy research.


Wills & Probate


  • Law on the Web – Online guide helping you find the right legal advice.


Genealogy Research Websites

  • The Genealogist UK census, birth, marriage and death records online.
  • Find My Past Family trees, births, marriages & deaths & censuses.
  • Genes Reunited another UK census, birth, marriage and death records website.
  • Ancestry more censs & BMD records.
  • BMD Share is a website for genealogists to share birth, marriage and death certificate information.
  • Family Search Family history,family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world.
  • FreeBMD An ongoing project aiming to provide free access to the civil registration index of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales.
  • FreeCen Project aiming to provide free to view census records online.
  • FreeReg Project providing free searches of parish baptism, marriage and burial records.
  • GeniUK Provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.
  • Historical Directories A digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales.
  • Lost Cousins Matches you with others researchingthe same ancestors.
  • National Archives The UK’s national archive service.
  • Cyndi’s List Categorized list of links to genealogical sites.
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Volunteers helping other genealogists.
  • The National Archives of Ireland




Genealogy Software


Other Software

  • Microsoft Office – Office suite with word processing, spreadsheet and database packages.
  • Libre Office – Free office suite alternative to Microsoft Office



If there’s a resource you think would be worthy of including please let me know!


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