About Us

 Joan and Jennifer established HISTORICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES in 1984

after completing Honours Degrees in History and Politics.

As undergraduates we discovered a common desire to establish our own business based on a shared positive attitude to job satisfaction. We decided we should utilize our research skills to provide professional research not only to those wishing to trace their family history but to those requiring more specialised research.


Our interests are varied – since 1984 we have published a series of articles relating to the Architectural Heritage and Conservation of the City of Belfast. Other publications – which involved extensive research – related to the socio-economic history of a local area.

Joan and Jennifer are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists. See www.apgen.org


Joan and Jennifer will now guide you through the various stages of research to give you an insight into what tracing your ancestors might entail.