William Hastings Burke

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Where there's a Will, there's a Way ...

WHB Research is spearheaded by author/researcher William Hastings Burke. Over 20+ years, William has made a habit of solving history’s seemingly unsolvable cases. He has become the go-to historian to the pros, from documentary makers to the biggest ancestry platforms. Now you can have William uncover your family history, whether it be a big family mystery, a single gap in your tree or a complete family narrative through the Your Story project.

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You don’t need to be a celebrity to find out ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. Now you can get the celebrity treatment have an historian bring your family history to life in your own interactive web documentary. →So, what’s your story?

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Tell the story you know so far. Pass on family charts or any records. What would you like to find out? Looking for a standard report or maybe your own web documentary?


After some exploration, we’ll send you a project brief, outlining the feasibility, scope, timeline and recommended package: 5, 10 or 25 research hours.


Time to get to work. Upon payment, we’ll start digging through the records and piece together the final results as per the research goals. Expect updates throughout the whole journey.


Sit back and watch your family history come to life. You’ll receive a custom link to either your report or Your Story page, depending on your preferences in the brief.

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William's story...

William Hastings Burke brought the story of anti-Nazi crusader Albert Goering to the world in his book Thirty Four – which is set to be made into a feature film. Over 20+ years, he has cracked other big cases in history, through journalism and TV to special cold-case projects for the biggest ancestry platforms. Whenever there’s a case too difficult, they turn to William.

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