About Gengenie Research

Gengenie Research Story

Gengenie Research’s journey is a testament to our unwavering passion for family history. It all began with the inception of Scotland’s Gengenie in 2005, a seed sown from a deep love for family heritage. Over the years, this seed has blossomed into our thriving Family History Research Business.

Scotland’s Gengenie derived from a love of family history discovered after Shirley received a family photograph of her great-grandparent’s wedding and a small handwritten family tree.

Shirley’s work is more than just a job. It’s a source of immense joy. She delights in unveiling the rich tapestry of our clients’ family histories. As she puts it, “There’s nothing more rewarding than witnessing a client’s sheer delight as they explore their printed family tree for the first time, or when they delve into their family’s history in the printed report, which they receive along with their family tree and documents.” Our client Rose* experienced this firsthand when she discovered her Royal Bloodline.

After being approached by clients looking for information in these fields, Shirley decided to branch out into Probate Genealogy and the Missing Person Research side of the Genealogy industry.

One of the unique advantages of Gengenie Research is our location. Being based only a short 20-minute commute from New Register House, the home of Scotland’s national records, gives our researcher, Shirley, a perfect location base for specialising in Scottish Research. Additionally, the many online sources we use give us an equal footing to research cases further afield, ensuring that we can provide comprehensive and accurate family history research regardless of location.


Shirley’s expertise is the backbone of Gengenie Research. She is a qualified Genealogist, earning her Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Genealogical, Palaeographic, and Heraldic Studies from the esteemed University of Strathclyde. As a testament to her professional standing, Shirley is a proud member of the Association of Scottish Genealogists & Researchers in Archives, serving as the ASGRA Hon. Secretary.


As a professional genealogist, Shirley is a member of the Association of Scottish Genealogists & Researchers in Archives and is ASGRA Hon. Secretary.

*Name Changed to protect client identity

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