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A free advisory service for amateur and professional genealogists

British Ancestry has been established to help all researchers from unique resources, knowledge, experience and international contacts.

Since the 1930's, I have built up one of the finest collections of books on heraldry and genealogy to be found in the UK. The bulk of this has been donated to the library of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS)that I founded in Canterbury in 1961. Add to this hundreds of original manuscripts dating back to the thirteenth century that I have collected and the extensive catalogue of lectures, reports and papers that I have written and here is a resource to be made available to those needing assistance and advice based upon more than 60 years experience since initiating the academic pursuit of Family History.

Since 1962 I have edited the journal FAMILY HISTORY (available from the IHGS). I have authored several standard reference works, such as Amigerous Ancestors, The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers, Hugh Revel, Anglo Norman Ancestry (2 volumes to date) and many other published articles and works.

At national and international congresses and conferences, I have lectures on heraldry, genealogy and allied subjects since the 1940's; chairing and serving on many committees. Apart from teaching for several universities and at the IHGS, and training family historians, I have also designed and arranged the granting of hundreds of Coats of Arms;

Please browse the article archive and the index to questions and answers on my Website: Please respect my copyright to these articles. The proceeds assist the IHGS. My advice is free.

To enquire about courses or research, please contact IHGS, Northgate, Canterbury, CT1 1BA (0044)0-1227 768664.