About us

Yew Tree Genealogy is led by Ruth Bertram, Qualified Genealogist.  She had a career as a Scots lawyer for over 25 years.  On retiring, she decided to learn more about family history and studied at the University of Strathclyde.  She now holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.  As well as the Register of Qualified Genealogists, she is a member of the Scottish Genealogy Society and a number of local family history societies.

Our research

Family History has been Ruth's passion for over 20 years.  Ancestors truly come to life when we know where they spent their days, how they earned a living and the times they lived through.  It's the textural details of people's lives which are so fascinating.

Why choose Yew Tree Genealogy?

We have spent many years researching family history both online and in archives all over the UK, developing extensive knowledge of genealogical sources.  We can advise on research strategies, including DNA testing and interpretation of results.  Based in the centre of Scotland, we are ideally placed to access archives and genealogical sources throughout Scotland and the north of England.

"Ruth was able to unearth facts about my family's complicated Jewish history that were a revelation to us.  Her diligence and expertise, including translation of Russian language documents, was remarkable.  Ruth is an outstanding genealogist and I highly recommend her."

KM, London

"A big thank you for finding my father's birth. I had searched for years and it didn't take you long to come up trumps! I have been very pleased with the communication between us. I have no hesitation to pass on my recommendation to whoever asks."

RF, Bangor, Gwynedd

"Ruth is extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. I can't wait to use her services again to uncover more family secrets!"

AB, Perth

"I have been very pleased with the professional service provided by Yew Tree Genealogy. Ruth has been approachable throughout and her findings were comprehensive and extremely thorough."

MG, Bournemouth

Modern research techniques

We access online and offline sources to identify the most comprehensive information currently available about your ancestors.  We take pride in presenting the findings clearly and concisely, whether in digital or printed format.