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Hackney Archives research service 

We offer a comprehensive research service for records and other information sources held in our collections. Our staff can advise about the records we hold and, for a fee, a researcher can do research on your behalf.


  • £25 per hour
  • Minimum charge of £12.50 for half an hour's search.

Fees are payable in advance and include standard UK postage rates and up to ten copies from record sources per half hour of time spent doing research. Report writing and all other work is also included

Additional charges for international postage or extra copies.

Payment must be made by cheque, postal order or money order crossed and made payable to the London Borough of Hackney, or by debit or credit card.

Ordering a search

Contact us before you submit your order to check that we hold the records in which you are interested.

Then complete the order form and include the appropriate fee. Your instructions to the researcher should be as clear as possible, specifying which records you wish to be searched, the dates to be covered and what you hope to discover. For example: Abney Park Cemetery Burial Registers 1878-1885, Burial of Ebenezer Smith

What can I expect from the search service?

We will acknowledge receipt of your search request within one working day and will provide you with a full response within 14 working days. Contact us if you have not heard from us within that time.

There is no guarantee that a search will produce positive information, although if the researcher is unable to find any information, we will always try to direct you to other possible sources of information.

Some documents may have indistinct entries or pose handwriting problems. Usually it will be possible to provide copies to allow you to make up your own mind and advice may be given in some cases.

A maximum of three hours may be placed on any one search so we can meet the needs of other service users.

We reserve the right to refuse to do a search.

Copies of documents

The research fee includes up to ten photocopies or copies from microfilm per half hour of research. Any further copies, or printouts of photographs from the HA2000 database, are subject to our copying service charges.

Alternatives to the service

If you do not wish to use our own research service, you can find details of freelance researchers from the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

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Page updated: 28 Aug 2014 

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Contact details

Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ
Opening Times
Tues-Wednesday 10am - 6pm;
Thursday 10am - 7.30pm;
Sat 12:30pm - 5pm.
Closed Mon, Fri and Sun
Tel:020 8356 8925