You can now request and pay for your paid research request online via our secure online payments system.

Did you know that we offer a research service for family history and other types of enquiry?
Our research service
Our expert researchers and genealogists can consult a wide range of original records, microforms and printed sources available at Tyne and Wear Archives to give more detailed answers to enquiries than is available through our normal letter answering service.

We will produce a report on the information found as well as advice on what to do next if required.
What sort of research can I have done?
Our staff will undertake any specific research relating to Tyne and Wear, which comprises the districts of Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.

We particularly welcome family history enquiries (although we can't trace your entire family history!), but we will also research topics such as the history of your house, a business, a ship etc.

We can't undertake very general research such as 'the economic growth of Newcastle' or 'trade on the river Wear', although we will advise you what sources are available for such studies.
How much does it cost?
The research service costs £30 per hour including VAT.

We will try to provide an accurate estimate of the amount of time needed to undertake your research, but this may not always be possible. You can set an outside limit, however, by telling us that you do not want more than two hours work, for example.

Due to increasing use of this service, we will not undertake research requests of more than three hours.

Payment, at least for initial work, is required in advance, and because of high bank charges, we can only accept payment in pounds sterling. You can now submit your application online using our secure online payments system where you can pay by credit/debit card or via Paypal.
What if we don't find anything?
Although every effort will be made to find some information for you, records may not always survive for particular topics.

As will still have spent time looking for information, the charge will be implemented even when no information is found.
How do I request a search?
Download the Application Form [82kb, PDF] and send this to us by post, together with payment, or order and pay online  (if you want to keep a copy of your request please type and save it in Word or similar before pasting it into the form)