As an AGRA Associate and member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists, I am committed to upholding professional standards and follow a programme of continuous professional development.
I have worked for over 35 years as a librarian for Birmingham City Council, which has provided me with first hand experience of working with the public and conducting a vast range of enquiry work in numerous library settings. Coupled with this is twenty years’ experience in researching my own family history, which has led me to visiting numerous locations for research, including Sheffield, Worcester and Suffolk to name but a few.
Studying for the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) Higher Certificate in Genealogy and then the Diploma in Genealogy, has enhanced my experience and knowledge, and enables me to provide a professional genealogical service to others.
My range of research experience includes studying and using the following records:
Family memorabilia including photos and diaries, General Register Office(GRO) Records, Census Returns, Parish Registers and Records, Wills, Military Records, Education and Guild Records, Non Conformist Records, Census Substitutes such as the Hearth Tax, Directories, Monumental Inscriptions, Newspapers, Electoral Rolls and Directories, Transportation Records, Manorial Records, Title Deeds, Maps, Scottish and Welsh Records, Irish and Overseas Records, The National Archives Records and Ecclesiastical Records.
My study also helped develop my transcribing skills, consider the origin of surnames, knowledge of the noble art of Heraldry and an appreciation of how migration patterns can influence family history.
For the Diploma in Genealogy, I created a portfolio of work using the above listed research methods and sources. This work was then presented in a professional, informative and entertaining way. The benefit of my thorough report writing is that all research includes fully referenced citations, even the unsuccessful searches, enabling future researchers the benefit of knowing what work has been previously undertaken.
Methodical steps backward, from known events proven by several sources is the way to go, and helps to prevent errors along the way.
My continuous professional development ensures I keep up to date with the ever evolving field of genealogy. Including for example, the availability of digital records online and new developments such as the use of DNA and its impact on family history.
Please ask to see examples of my work.