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Bob O'Hara - Public Record Searches

Public Record Searches
Of military history and genealogy
at the National Archives, London

Our areas of research include the following:- Australian Convicts ----- Coastguard ----- Genealogy ----- History Projects ----- Merchant Navy ----- Metropolitan Police ----- North America & West Indies ----- Pre-1914 Military ----- Royal Air Force ----- Royal Irish Constabulary ----- Royal Marines ----- Royal Navy ----- Security & Intelligence ----- Thesis or dissertation ---- Translations of Latin, Anglo-French and Medieval English documents ---- Wills & Administrations ----- WW1 Soldiers -- & -- WW2 War Crimes
We are able to conduct historical or genealogical research into the various subjects mentioned in the links above, most of which are held at the National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, London. But please also see our link to the India Office Library and the British Library
The N.A. holds records of soldiers and officers who were discharged up to 1921. Military records include details of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English regiments. There are records of Royal Navy ratings who joined the service up to 1923, Royal Marines, Coastguards, Royal Air Force, Merchant Seamen, Metropolitan Police, Royal Irish Constabulary and Foreign Colonial Office records including those for the West Indies and early North American Colonies. We also undertake research into the trial records of prisoners in UK. Ask us for an obligation free quote.

Important Note - Bulk Copying We offer a 'bulk' digital copying service, photographing a whole volume, or indeed a series of volumes. Our photographer works at high speed using this "cover to cover" approach. We then transfer the material to clients digitally. Despite the 'bulk' approach, we find that this is often the most economical option.
Clients are asked to list their requirements in priority order and pay for a number of hours within their budget and a photographer will rapidly work down the list till the hours run out. The client can then assess the material.
Ask us for an obligation free quote.

We also conduct research into the records of those who served in the UK armed forces in WW2.
If your ancestor was born less than 100 years ago, please provide us with evidence of his death, (not an original certificate please - a copy will be fine), then we can apply for his personal service record in WW2. If he died within the last 25 years, we also need a signed letter from his next of kin giving us authority to apply for his personal record. A signed Word document showing details of the NOK and attached to an email will suit the purpose. If he was born more that 100 years ago such certificates are not required.

From your ancestor's personal record, we would expect to be able see his appointments and postings and we can follow the operational movements of his unit. Please tell us of any dates of special interest. These may have been of a private nature and mentioned in letters home or in his own diary and now in your possession. Alternatively, if you do not have such information, we can find if his unit participated in any historic measures such as the relief of a notorious concentration camp, the bombing of a large German city or the sinking of a major enemy warship - or maybe something else of interest. Ask us for an obligation free quote.

Bob O'Hara Before becoming an independent researcher at the National Archives in Kew, London, Bob O'Hara worked for many years at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Before that he served in the communications branch of the Royal Navy. Living almost in the shadow of the National Archives at Kew, Bob currently leads a small team of researchers with degrees in such subjects as Classics and British Colonial history. Their dissertations include German War Crimes in WW2, Middle East Studies and The Nore Mutinies in the Royal Navy in 1797. The team has membership of the Royal Geographic Society, the Society of Genealogists and AGRA and has access to various learned bodies and museums in London.

AGRA As a member of The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), Bob O'Hara adheres to their rigid code of conduct and you can be assured he and his team will conduct a diligent, honest and efficient search on your behalf.
For an example of Bob's work see this detailed report on the The Sinking of the Princess Victoria ferry and Bob's personal involvement in the search and rescue.
Please don't send us original documents unless we request them. Copies are fine for our use and we cannot be responsible for the safety and return of original documents sent to us.

Kindest regards
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