Bob O'Hara

Bob O'Hara

Before becoming an independent researcher at the National Archives in Kew, London, I worked for many years at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Prior to that I served in the communications branch of the Royal Navy.

Living almost in the shadow of the National Archives at Kew, I currently lead a small team of researchers with tertiary degrees in varied relevant subjects and have access to a wide range of learned bodies and museums in London. The team holds membership of the Royal Geographic Society, and the Society of Genealogists.

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'Bob O'Hara is a most helpful and resourceful researcher who has helped me solve several family history mysteries.

In my experience, he also operates a very fair charging policy'. 

David Mervin

 I can recommend Bob O'Hara without the slightest hesitation, both for maritime and family history research at the National Archives. 

During more than 10 years I have always found him helpful, prompt, accurate and enthusiastic. 
In short, a good man to have working for and with you. 

David Atherton, Liverpool


After a very rewarding three week writing session while on holidays recently, I wanted to let you know how valuable your research skills have become to the progress of my Eighteenth Century naval biography. Of particular use has been the introduction of digital images by Internet download. I was happy enough getting them on CD but this is even better. Now I can request a search of State Papers or Admiralty records and have the results on my computer within days. It is such a great help in maintaining continuity of writing to be able to request images of manuscripts and have them available while the thought is still fresh. A special thanks for all those hours clicking away with your camera on what might seem to others to be boring ship's logs or musters, but to me are gold mines of information. After years of research I hope, with your continuing help, to be able to announce a publishing date some time soon. 
Kindest regards - Ian." 


Ian Bates, Queensland


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