Historical Research

Our historical research service is offered to academics, charities, companies, individuals and institutions requiring research into any aspect of history including record searches for family history, local history across the North West and Yorkshire and military history and records in the UK and worldwide.

We can carry out historical research online, in the National Archives and other national and regimental archives. Background research is also provided for authors, TV and radio companies. Report writing is provided of all research results and suggestions given for further avenues of research.

At Olicana Historical Research we realise the importance of good communication so that both parties can be sure that we are the right choice to carry out the appropriate research.

We offer all prospective clients up to ½ an hour’s free advice when we can discuss what is hoped to be achieved from the research, what the research might involve and any information that the client might already hold.

If a client does not think that Olicana Historical Research is the right choice to carry out the research they are under no obligation to choose us and, if for any reason we do not wish to continue with the work, we will not be obliged to take instructions from the client. If we do not think your request is feasible, we will advise you accordingly.

In some instances we might be able to suggest whether another researcher is better placed to complete your research, in view of their specialist knowledge or expertise.

Following the free consultation if the client wishes to proceed and we agree to accept the commission, we will prepare an initial research report and estimate of costs or a fixed quotation.

All costs are based upon an hourly charging rate, depending on the work to be undertaken, apart from the fixed fee for preparation of the initial research report.

No charge is made for travel time to archives in Bradford, Leeds or Wakefield, however we will charge a commission of three hours research time at these archives.

Once the client approves the research plan, estimate of costs or fixed quotation, and instructed Olicana Historical Research to proceed, they will deemed to have accepted the commission and payment terms.

Our hourly rates for research work are outlined below. Time is charged for each hour, or part of an hour. All reports will include an invoice with costs to date.

Type of Work & Hourly Rate

  • Archive Research (minimum 3 hours research time in any archive) £25
  • Online Research £20
  • Analysis of document or record £20
  • Checking newspapers or records on microfilm £15
  • Record searches £15
  • Travel to archive outside West Yorkshire or for other purposes £12
  • Personal communication via telephone, Skype or any other medium £20
  • Printing and postage charges at cost
  • All out-of-pocket expenses charged at cost
  • Initial research report (fixed fee – £75)