District fells from Scout Scar

A family history research service for north-west England

How much do you know about your ancestors?  Would you like to discover more about their life stories and how your family tree has evolved over the generations?  Of course, you have to know where to look and to have the time to do it.  The good news is that’s where I can help. 


I am based in the Lake District and carry out bespoke research projects in Cumbria, northern Lancashire and North Yorkshire.  While I specialize in the old county of Westmorland, I am also very happy to research further afield.  Indeed, recent projects have extended as far as the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Gibraltar - you never know where your story will take you.


Depending on your requirements, I can look up specific records in parish registers or do more substantial searches of original documents and sources.  I can visit local archives and libraries in Kendal, Carlisle and Preston to access parish registers, monument inscription transcripts, wills, non-conformist records, quarter session records, trade directories and local newspapers.  I can also do more general online searches as required.


To illustrate your family history, I can provide digital photographs of the places where your ancestors lived and worked, the churches where they were baptized, married and buried. These can be supplied to you on CD, by e-mail or as prints.

In terms of my background, I am an experienced researcher and professionally qualified librarian.   My own love of family history research started over 20 years ago when I traced my own family through the East End of London back into 18th century Wales  Now I am happy to use my knowledge and expertise to help others who would like to discover more about their family stories.


Search fees are charged at £15 per hour.

For a comprehensive search of the line of a single named ancestor back to the mid or early 1800s, please contact me to discuss your research requirements and I will give you an estimate of likely costs. For this you would receive a high quality printed report including census images, with suggestions for future research. If any registration records are required as part of a report, they are charged at cost.

To contact me please e-mail:

  Carolyn Williams, Bsc (Hons) Dip Lib

Some comments from past clients ...........

I must reiterate that your report was really excellent, and I greatly appreciate the great deal of work you put into it. The whole thing gives a great feel for what life would have been like back then, and that is very important. Please keep up the good work!
Anthony Adolph, Genealogist

Thank you for doing a splendid job and especially for those little extra touches that make it so special. Your results far exceeded my expectations and I am delighted with the results.
Scott McArdle, Scotland

Thank you so much for your mail which arrived last week. You found out so much about the family and the details about the local history and land use were wonderful and so were the photos. I showed it to my father last weekend and it was amazing how his memories came back whe he looked at maps and place names.
Sarah Marshall, Australia

Carolyn, I just can't convey to you how thrilled I am with the photos you have taken. They are just so clear and just what I hoped for.
Bettye Ross, Australia

Interior of Levens Church Cumbria
Castle Dairy, Kendal
Balderstone Church graveyard