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  • 1978


I specialised in social history in my degree from Sussex University, followed by a PGCE teaching qualification from Leeds University.  I taught History in several local secondary schools in Derbyshire.  Whilst at home bringing up my two daughters, I took a course in Genealogy and set up in business.

Since 1980 I have carried out research for well over 1000 clients worldwide.  My work has ranged from simple "family trees" through to detailed and comprehensive family histories - weaving the stories of their ancestors' lives into the historical context of local, national and international events.  I investigate house histories, photograph locations relevant to a family's history and organise and lead guided visits in Derbyshire.  I offer Gift Packages for that special family occasion or anniversary (at least 3 months notice required).  It's the picture you can build of their lives - despair and triumphs - that I really enjoy sharing with clients.

I am the Derbyshire Agent for leading national research companies in the UK and the USA.  I also carry out research for Australia based Anzestry and Customised Heritage Tours.  In 2001 I researched and produced a guide to genealogical websites for use in Government Online Centres.  I have lectured and given talks to local groups on original documentary sources for genealogy and local history studies.  I am experienced in the reading of handwriting styles back to circa 1500.

Do contact me to discuss your own research and how I may be able to help you.