Graham Maxwell Ancestry

Graham Maxwell set up Maxwell Ancestry in 1996 and in 2001 his wife Emma joined the team. After Graham started researching his own family history over twenty years ago, several friends enlisted his help with their own family trees. He gained a reputation and a following as a genealogist and the business grew from there.

Things have changed a good deal in genealogical research since the early days of the business. Back then, General Register Office staff would bring the original books to your desk, where you would wade through the volumes and take painstaking notes. As well as being time-consuming, this method meant that with time and use the books were wearing out. The General Record Office moved to copying all their documents onto microfiche: you got the correct reference from the computer index, filled out an orange slip and then sought the correct microfiche from the drawer. While this process safeguarded the books it was still very slow. Fortunately, these days the images can be viewed on the new computers – speeding up the whole process considerably, and giving the Maxwells more time to add detail to family trees.

Over the years, they’ve gained great experience in researching all kinds of documents that will bring family trees to life. Words by Design has been pleased to help them in the printing and binding of some of their wonderful family histories.