• professional, but more importantly warm, likeable and someone you can trust.
    • Hayley Booth, Taunton
  • My heartfelt gratitude to Naomi for her work which has changed me forever. If you need to discover your heritage, I highly recommend Naomi for the job!
    • John Rogers, USA
  • exceeds my expectations by a considerable margin
    • Stephen Beesley, Cape Town
  • the way you have put together the family tree and even given their employment details makes it interesting reading
    • Lesley Wise, Hertfordshire
  • Without you [it] would have been impossible.
    • Angela Bennett, Kingswinford
  • My whole family were really impressed
    • Angharad McKenzie, Carmarthenshire
  • I am delighted with the detail and had not expected so much
    • Pauline Davison, North Shields
  • I can't thank you enough for what you've done, I am truly overwhelmed
    • Margaret Nash, Great Dunmow
  • I would highly recommend Naomi's services
    • Dave Brown, Portsmouth
  • I have no hesitation whatever in recommending Helpful Genealogy
    • Ronald D Francis, Melbourne Australia
  • Helpful Genealogy was exactly that – helpful!
    • Barry Kennerk, County Meath
  • so helpful and patient with me
    • Leslie Palmer, Essex
  • easy to read and to follow
    • Polly Robertson, London
  • helpful, informative and great value for money
    • Sarah Saywell, March
  • I can't wait to do my mum's side next!
    • D Bennett, Bexhill on Sea
  • It has felt as though I've been dealing with a friend
    • Jennie McColl, Ascot
  • ...appreciate the fact that you even went the "extra mile"
    • Rosalind McLeod, Australia
  • She has been able to show sensitivity, creativity and logic
    • Susan Wray, Malvern
  • I appreciated your professional approach and enthusiasm
    • Susan Davis, New Zealand
  • ...the best birthday present ever!
    • Kay Webb, Cambridge
  • First class at what she does and very reasonable costs
    • Don Taylor, Chingford
  • ...nothing was too much trouble
    • Pat Porter, Birmingham
  • I strongly recommend using Helpful Genealogy
    • Jeannie Scott, Oxford
  • ...clear and easy to follow
    • Nessie Mills, Northampton
  • ...presented in an easy to understand format
    • Philip Squirrell, Ipswich
  • Dealing with you was a pleasure throughout the whole process
    • Danny Hudson, Peterborough
  • ...thank you so much for working so hard on my family genealogy
    • Linda Stotesbury, Canada
  • I can't thank you enough for your help!!!
    • Sarah Jackson, Selby, Yorkshire
  • ...all I can say is ‘Wow’...fabulous and well worth the money
    • Lucy Carvall, Essex
  • ...presentation of information was really good and very informative.
    • Sheena King, Hampshire
  • ...once Naomi started helping I was utterly amazed by what she turned up...
    • Jack Katz, Stanmore
  • ...amazed at your being able to find so many references in such a short time!
    • Cherry Heywood-Jones, Cambridge
  • ...did wonders with such minimal information - Wow!
    • John Ricklewaite, Norwich
  • After years of being registered on "Genes Reunited" without any success, it is through Naomi that my husband has found a family...
    • Madeleine Simpson, Portsmouth
  • ...helped me track down an ancestor who we knew left to train horses in the Far East - I didn't even know where to start!
    • Justin Perry, Durham
  • Naomi's engagement and enthusiasm was evident from the beginning...
    • Martin How, London
  • ...her work was amazing, she kept me up to date all the way through, and the finished tree is awesome.
    • Colin Greenfield, Felixstowe
  • ...I can't recommend her work highly enough.
    • Lucy Carvall, Essex
  • I consider myself so lucky to have met Naomi...anyone seeking help researching their own family should get in touch with her - don't hesitate.
    • Susan Martin, Bedford
  • Not only was she thorough, I felt she was really interested in getting to the bottom of a very complex story.
    • Geoffrey King, Cambridge
  • Great personal genealogy service and in-depth ancestry research delivered in a personal and professional way...Brilliant!!
    • Mark Harvey, London
  • Naomi's work has also inspired me to continue genealogy as a hobby
    • Allison Bentley, Cambridge
  • ...a fantastic birthday present from my husband...discovered huge amounts about my family which I never knew.
    • Brenda Thorogood, Bedfordshire
  • What you have achieved is quite remarkable...I am most impressed.
    • Mike McQuade, Southampton
  • You've sorted out a lot of problems, things I just couldn't get my head around.
    • Brenda Wells, Nottingham
  • ...put together a wonderful family tree for me remarkably quickly....
    • Dan Morelli, Cambridge
  • ...Very helpful in confirming much of the information I'd collected so far...
    • Tytn Hays, Cambridge
  • ...Everyone in the family was thrilled...
    • Margaret Morrison, London
  • ...stunned by the amount of detail...
    • Sue Davis, Romney Marsh
  • ...I would recommend you to others like a shot...
    • Charles Fraser, Surrey
  • ...once Naomi started helping I was utterly amazed by what she turned up...
    • Jack Katz, Stanmore
  • ...amazed at your being able to find so many references in such a short time!
    • Cherry Heywood-Jones, Cambridge
  • ...did wonders with such minimal information - Wow!
    • John Ricklewaite, Norwich
  • After years of being registered on "Genes Reunited" without any success, it is through Naomi that my husband has found a family...
    • Madeleine Simpson, Portsmouth
  • ...so thrilled and amazed at the amount of work you have put in to this project and must admit to being quite emotional...
    • Ann Simmonds, West Sussex
  • ...a surprise present for my wife. Naomi was very helpful, her research was detailed and thorough and we were both delighted...
    • Graham Walker, Cambridge
  • Yet again you have come up trumps!
    • Tracy Selby, Yorkshire
  • I would have no hesitation in recommending Naomi, in particular, and my family is deeply grateful for not only her efficacy but her sensitivity and human touch.
    • John Hemming, Liverpool
  • ...helped me track down an ancestor who we knew left to train horses in the Far East - I didn't even know where to start!
    • Justin Perry, Durham
  • Naomi was not only thorough but efficient and friendly to work with.
    • Loretta Clark, Cambridgeshire

I started researching my own family history 27 years ago, in the days of manual census searches and exercise books full of notes! I have come to love genealogy, as it uses many of my particular skills. Not only have I always wanted to be a detective (ever since my sister got given a book called "How to be a Detective"!*), but I have a degree in history from Cambridge University and, before I specialised in genealogy, I was an archivist and internet researcher. I'm very thorough, have a great eye for detail, and, most of all, love a challenge!

Ancestors in my own family tree are mainly from England (Cumbria, London, Northumbria, and the Isle of Wight), but I also have early 20th century Jewish immigrants who came from Moldavia, Romania, and settled in London's East End. Whilst I loved researching the 11 generations of my own family tree, I find uncovering other family trees equally as captivating.

Some of my favourite quests have been trying to find out the truth (or not!) behind family rumours - one client, for example, had a vague recollection that someone in his family had been attacked in a London park in the 1950s or 60s. I was able to find the article in the local newspaper and, by working through the births, marriages and deaths, prove that it was indeed his aunt. Criminals in the family are always interesting! Other favourites have been reuniting two half sisters in their 70s who each had no idea of the other's existence; discovering the distinguished war career of a client's father who had died before the client was born; and generally getting a result for clients when they have all but given up hope. I love finding birth family members for people, and generally helping people get closure.

I live in the wonderful city of Cambridge with my physicist husband and teenage daughter. Apart from a couple of years in Milan, Italy, we have lived here for well over twenty five years. I am an artist when I'm not doing family history, using the right side of my brain for a change. I speak fluent Italian, and love, cookery, word games, and the Tour de France.

I look forward to helping you!

Naomi Davies,
Cambridge

*my sister ended up as a kind of detective too!

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