Blue Thistle Genealogy

The friendly

family history service !

in Scotland



Blue Thistle Genealogy        Fees

The first thing to say is that we pride ourselves in giving VERY good value ! Please compare our prices.

We offer a free email consultation to discuss your requirements and help you plan your search. Our searches can be tailor made to suit your requirements.

Payment Options

You can choose to employ us on an hourly rate, plus expenses, or go for one of our popular packages.     

We are flexible and we don't ask you to commit large amounts of money in advance.    

If your research doesn't match any of the following categories, then please contact us with your requirements and we will give you an idea of the likely cost.

As the friendly family history service, we communicate regularly ;

updating you on progress and making sure you are happy with our searching.


Hourly Rates

Hourly rate    £25 / hour

We prefer if you set an initial budget and we agree this.     Often it is best to review progress after the initial stages, and then agree on the most interesting lines to follow up.



  • New Register House search fees     £15 / day - (or part if shared with other clients )
  • Copies of Certificates     £1 each
  • Original certificates (certified extracts) can also be provided at cost price
  • Postage and packaging (if applicable)
  • Travel expenses if photographs are taken
  • Any other expenses incurred on your behalf



Popular Packages

1)     Bronze Search                    £230

We will trace a single family line / name back as far as possible, using statutory records, old parish records, census returns and other sources.    Usually we can go back to around 1790 and sometimes well beyond that.      This would not usually include maternal lines. A full report would give an account of all research and include information from certificates, census returns and Old Parish Registers.

2)     Silver Search                    £360

A more comprehensive package, in both research and in depth of reporting,   tracing one side of a family back as far as possible, using the same sources as above, but in greater depth, and where applicable.     Usually we can go back to around 1790 and sometimes well beyond that.    A professional report in a customised folder will include copies of all certificates, old maps and information about family location.

3)     Gold Search                 £580

Enhanced with additional background material, including other sources such as Kirk Session and Court records, our top of the range package includes a detailed investigation of all family lines, and usually delivers a complete report of around 150-200 pages of totally individual family information.

This really is the Rolls Royce model and will give you a comprehensive insight into not only who your ancestors were, but how they lived and worked.


The above searches will include :

  • Initial searches concentrating both on the post-1855 statutory period, and the Old Parish Records prior to 1855.
  • Explanatory notes including all the results of the searches, with information extracted from certificates, census returns etc
  • Maps showing places which feature in your family history  
  • Suggested research - our suggestions as to which lines of research it might be most interesting and rewarding to pursue further



If you start with a Bronze or Silver Search, and decide to proceed further, this can later be upgraded to a Silver Search or Gold Search.

Starting Point

For the Bronze and Silver Search we consider the starting point to be one specific event, a historical birth, marriage or death which took place in Scotland.

e.g. the birth of your mother or marriage of your grandparents.

The Gold Search includes full investigation of both maternal and paternal lines of a living person and can start with yourself.


Please be aware that for the more advanced packages, these can take time.   If you require the report for a special birthday or other occasion, then please let us know in advance.   We will do our best to produce it on time !


We would ask that you pay us an agreed amount in advance, but if for any unlikely reason our search hits a brick wall at an early stage, we promise to refund the unused portion of your money.

Please pay us by Paypal if possible, since this saves you currency conversion charges

All work is guaranteed and we promise to offer good value for money.


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Thank you very much !




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Blue Thistle Genealogy

From distant forebears to living relatives, we can help with your Scottish Genealogy research