About Us

After many years of researching their own family history and revealing the secrets of their ancestors the next obvious step was to set up their own business and help others find their ancestors stories, ‘we love delving into the past and bringing it back to life by telling ancestors stories to their families’. 

The directors of Genealogy Links UK are Leanne & Bev, who are from very different backgrounds. They were featured in December 2013 issue of Family Tree Magazine for the ‘Tracing Living Relatives’ story – see publicationsWorking together as a mother and daughter team they manage Genealogy Links UK, a Genealogy and Probate Research company based in Lancashire.

Utilising their unique ‘outside the box’ strategies when researching unclaimed estates they have proven many successful kin claims and have reunited families all over the world. Armed with their Private Investigation background and enhanced research skills they have brought something different to Family History research. 

Professional memberships with Heir Hunting and Private Investigation Associations have enabled them to build a vast network of alliances across the globe. They are also members of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Heir Hunters Association and the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society.

To read the story of ‘how’ we got hooked on Genealogy, written by Alison Tarpey, please click here.

Meet the Team

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Bev Sloane

I have a Business Management degree and have worked with police, CCTV and as a Private Investigator for many years.

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Leanne Kemp

I have over five years family history experience and connecting families with their ancestors is what I love to do.

I am committed to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and love to learn new things. I attend as many genealogy workshops and training sessions I can, including studying other subjects such as Calligraphy, Innovation & Design and Web Science. I am currently working towards  becoming a Certified Genealogist and am due to start the Postgraduate Genealogy Programme at Dundee University in September 2014.

I have a Forensic Science degree and have worked with police, insurance companies, teaching and as a Private Investigator for many years. 

Ian Neary

Retired Quantity Surveyor who has a passion for family history – researched my own tree back to the late 1700s and my wife’s family to the mid-1600s during the last 18 years. I have been a member of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society for over five years and volunteer at least two days per month at the Research Centre at Astley Hall in Chorley helping visitors with research into their family history. I have several years experience of Probate Research (Heir Hunting) under my own Company as well as carrying out research for other companies including Genealogy Links UK.

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I began delving into my own family history about ten years ago when I inherited a couple of family scrapbooks that once belonged to two of my great-grandfathers, I realised I was holding a goldmine of information. In 2014 I left behind a long term career in the Corporate world where I worked for IBM, mainly as a Finance and Planning Manager.

Genealogy has become my second career. I am able to conduct research, using the skills I picked up in the last ten years and the courses I have undertaken in more recent times. I am currently studying for the Certificate in Genealogy.

I am passionate about genealogy; both the exact science of tracing family lines and breaking through the inevitable brick walls along the way. I also enjoy looking at the lives of ancestors and try to place them in the context of social history and world and local events of the time. The end result of knowing I have helped others is a source of much satisfaction. I am married, with two children both at university. My main interests are genealogy, sport, exercise and current affairs.

Sam Sherratt

 A dedicated historian with over 15 years of genealogy experience. What started out as a hobby a couple of hours now and then has transformed into a drive to find that missing link. Using my analysis and research skills from previous analyst roles and the tried and tested patience of training/coaching, I am able to think outside the box and solve the problem at hand.

Chris Wright

I have a passion for genealogy with over 30 years of experience in researching family trees, gathering family history and recreating cherished memories that last a lifetime. I am currently studying for the Certificate in Genealogy  and love to transcribe original documents and work in my ‘spare’ time as an Indexer and Arbitrator for the LDS church, allowing record sets to become available for the world to see and research on-line. I am married with 5 children and 14 grandchildren and have been working with special needs children as a teacher and foster carer for the past 16 years.