The Paid Document Research Service (PDRS) at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is designed for people who are unable to visit us in person.
Upon receipt of a completed application, we will search through our extensive genealogical sources. However, we can't do your whole family tree, but we can search our records to find out facts in response to specific queries.
If you don't check with us first, we will only refund 75% of the research fee if we cannot carry out your research request.
We can only search our own records and your request may not be answerable within the records we hold.
For best results:
The charge for a search will be calculated at a rate of £80 per hour. This will include charges for report writing, postage and administration, as well as copies of up to six documents, if we find anything of interest.
The minimum fee is for an hour's work. You may request longer periods (in half-hour blocks) to a maximum of two and a half hours. Payment for online application will be via credit card or debit card.
A written report containing a listing of all the sources checked on your behalf and a transcript or copy of the information relevant to your particular enquiry. You should normally receive your report within a month of your original enquiry.
We will tell you if we are unable to provide the information you have requested or if it cannot be found within the time for which you have paid.
Free research guides on some of the records held by LMA can be found here.
For any other enquiries, please email the LMA enquiry team.
London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is a department of the City of London Corporation. See the details of the City Corporation's legal notices.