Membership of the professional Bodies

A few words about me

Ancestor Hunters are the experienced professional Genealogical company based in Kennett, Suffolk to help you search for your ancestry and discover your family history.


I’m John Compton-Davey, the owner. I am a professional Genealogist with over 20 years experience in Genealogy and family tree research. This experience has been gained working for museums, private clients and also through researching my own extensive family history over many years.


I launched Ancestor Hunters after I turned my long time hobby into my profession when I decided to become a full time Genealogist and to focus all of my time working to help others progress their knowledge of their family history.


As a former Army Officer (Major), I also have an excellent knowledge of military records. Before embarking on a career in Genealogy I worked in the Heritage and Museums sector, and am a History post-graduate of the University of Cambridge.


My previous academic, museum and military career training has given me an aptitude for research, analysis and report writing and provided me with the appropriate level of attention to detail and integrity to offer a quality genealogy research service.


I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Society of Geneaologists, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and the Museums Association - all these professional bodies have a code of conduct dictating the high level of service which members provide to their Clients.


Data Protection Act

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure and will NEVER be disclosed to a third party. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. We are registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 (Security number: CSN8486038).

Some of our recent Testimonials:

We never ask for a testimonial. All testimonials which appear on our website are genuine, unsolicited comments which some of our clients have been kind enough to write and say about the service which they have received from us, either during the course of or following the conclusion of their work.

Ancestor Hunters promised results and delivered them seamlessly. I had been unsuccessfully searching for my grandfather for 25 years. I tried all of the data searches. I scanned the web. I needed help. Within a few days Ancestor Hunters actually located him — his birth and death certificate, and ended this chapter of my work. I strongly recommend Ancestor Hunters work to anyone that has hit a 'brick wall' in their research.

J. Taylor, Thetford (November, 2016)

I must commend you on the evident thoroughness of your research and the array of expertise, knowledge and resources you obviously bring to the task. You certainly pursued lines of inquiry beyond my capabilities.

B. Jenkins, Bury St Edmunds (November, 2016)

John at Ancestor Hunters has done an outstanding job of researching my family. His attention to detail was evident in all the documents he provided to support his findings. It would have taken me years to find the information that John was able to find about my family in only a few weeks. I would highly recommend hiring John to research your family. You will be very satisfied with the results.

P. MacDonald, Bury St Edmunds (December, 2016)

Thank you for the family tree chart, it arrived today. We have given it to my mother-in-law and she is highly delighted with it. Many thanks for all the work you have done.

J.Sayers, Cambridge (December, 2016)

After being at a dead end for several years in my Cadell family research, I contacted John of Ancestor Hunters for assistance. He immediately evaluated the evidence I had assembled and began providing expert insight into interpreting the assembled history along with suggestions for next steps. His experience as a genealogist has proven invaluable, as he has discovered multiple original sources to help me document my family back to the early 1700s. I highly recommend John for help with your family history research.

D. Cadell, Mildenhall (January, 2017)

John is an excellent historian, researcher and knowledgeable professional. My husband was so pleased with his unique anniversary gift. I highly recommend him.

S. Phillips , Cambridge (December, 2016)

Sample Work

Our examples are presented in PDF format, so you will need a PDF reader. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free from here.

Standard Pedigree Chart

Example of a single line ancestral pedigree chart. (zoom in for greater detail.) We can also produce these independent of our packages.

Example of 1861 Census report with transcription

Example of Direct Relationship report

Example of Place Usage report

Sample from Family History report