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Exploring your family's history

The greatest gift we can hand on is knowledge of our family
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Presenting your family story

Every family has a story: isn't it time you discovered yours?
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Genealogy help and advice

Looking to start your family tree or want to go further? We're here to help
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Your research written up in an illustrated family history

Record your family's story with our personalised family history books
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Putting your research online

Share your research online through a bespoke website

What's Your Story?

Are you interested in exploring your family history? Have you made a start and are wondering where to go next? Or are you looking to write up your research in a book or website? 

Writing the Past offers research, writing and digital services for family and local history. We help you to uncover your family's roots and also produce high-quality, design-led books and websites so you can share your discoveries with family and friends. No matter how large or small your genealogy project, we're here to help.

Writing the Past is run by Michael Sharpe, a genealogist, published author and IT expert who brings his unique combination of skills to family history projects. We pride ourselves on our personal and professional service and believe in going the extra mile to ensure you get the most from our relationship.


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The book is wonderful. Highly readable and beautifully presented. Thank you.

Mr J. Phillips, Swindon

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Putting Your Research Online

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A bespoke family history website enables you to share your research online while retaining full ownership and control of your valuable data.

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Birmingham Ancestors

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Introducing Tracing Your Birmingham Ancestors, Mike's new guide to research in Birmingham.

Our Philosophy

We're passionate about family history and love helping people uncover the untold stories about their ancestors' lives. In working with clients, we believe in openness and collaboration as the best way to ensure a successful outcome. We look forward to our journey together!

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If you have any questions or wish to discuss your family history project please contact us.

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