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Paid research service

If you are unable to visit the Local History Centre in person, we can undertake a limited search on your behalf, such as looking for information in electoral registers, rate books or local newspapers.

The fee for this service is £30.00 per hour, up to a maximum of two hours. Please allow 20 working days for completion of research.

If you would like us to do this, please email or write to us, stating clearly what information you need. It would also be helpful to include a telephone number or email address (if by letter) so that we can contact you quickly if we need to discuss your request.

As our staff will spend time on your enquiry and make every effort in searching our records, this fee will still be charged if we cannot supply the information you request. If paying by cheque (sterling only), make payable to the 'London Borough of Islington'. Telephone payment by debit or credit card is also accepted.

We recommend that you contact us by phone or email to discuss your enquiry before requesting this service. 

Finding a professional researcher

If your research is more extensive but you cannot visit in person, you may wish to hire the services of an independent, professional researcher. Our list of available researchers includes family history specialists.

Please note that this list does not constitute a recommendation by the Local History Centre and the London Borough of Islington cannot accept responsibility for any work carried out by private researchers.

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