Ensuring accuracy, eliminating risk

At Title Research, we provide trusted genealogical research and asset repatriation services for legal professionals. Everything we do is designed to streamline estate administration, to take the effort out of locating the correct people or assets, and to mitigate against the risk of future dispute or complications. We can help you at every stage of your clients’ estate administration process.

The Title Research Timeline

Title Research has an interesting history that spans over 50 years and has grown to be one of the go-to firms for solicitors when they’re faced with complicated estate administration matters. Take a look at the below timeline to see how the brand has evolved up until today.


Company founded by Tom Curran, a former architect’s draughtsman and entrepreneur to help Corporate Trustees and Lawyers with the task of tracing missing beneficiaries and missing legal documentation. Research was frequently carried out at the Family Records Centre and local archives as all records had to be searched manually.


Tom Curran retires and his son – Tom Curran – takes over as Managing Director. Work commences to digitise birth, marriage and death records for use in-house.

June 1998

Policy decision taken to no longer undertake public domain case work and focus solely on instructed work.

January 2001

Title Research no longer accepts instructions from solicitors to work on a contingency fee basis.


Licence granted to publish birth, marriage and death indices online. Launch of website 1837online.com


Title Research awarded Queen’s Award for Innovation.

December 2004

Title Research purchases Horsham based firm Direct Probate Services and starts to offer overseas asset services to further support solicitor clients.


Title Research publishes 1861 England and Wales census via the 1837online website.


Title Research publishes 1891 census and rebrands 1837online to FindmyPast.com.


Title Research, in partnership with The National Archives, publishes the outgoing passenger lists on FindmyPast.com.


Title Research relocates its London office to Bath, then Bristol.


Title Research is awarded Probate Research Firm of the Year at The British Wills and Probate Awards 2022.


Title Research continues to focus on assisting estate administration professionals by providing specialist support services worldwide. Partnerships with Professional Conferences, Central Law Training and STEP allow us to continue to offer advice and guidance whenever required.

Meet the Title Research team

Our team of specialists have a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to solve complex estate administration cases.