Bucks Heritage Research
Family and local history research service for the English counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and beyond
I offer a family and local history research service for the English counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and beyond.
If you have ancestry in Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire I can help you discover your family heritage in these historic counties. Heritage can encompass all evidence left behind from the past: not just the physical evidence of the past, landscape, monuments and houses, but documentary and oral evidence that reveals people’s memories, their experiences and how they fitted in to the social context of their culture and community. History, both family and local, is confined by what has been left behind but nevertheless much can still be discovered, if the evidence is available, about the most ordinary of lives.
The Internet is a wonderful medium for family history research but it is no substitute for examining original documents. Errors in transcribed indexes on Internet sites can often throw you off trail in your family history research. If your search has gone cold somewhere in Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire you may not be able to travel to these counties to investigate further. This is where a local research service can be of great help. No research task is too small.
I have an Open University Bachelor of Arts Honours degree. The major subject was History and included studies in Family and Community History: 19th and 20th Centuries.
In addition, I hold a Master of Science degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from Strathclyde University. This post graduate program was an intensive, practioner led course that dealt mainly with Britsh genealogy and its related subject matter.
I also hold Oxford University’s Advanced Diploma in Local History. This Honours level Undergraduate Diploma focussed on local and community history in mainly the 17th and 19th centuries.
I have been interested in history since childhood: inspired by the most amazing history teacher at senior school. I first became interested in family history when my father in law asked me to trace his mother’s family. Due to tragic circumstances he had lost touch with his mother as an infant. Encouraged by my success at finding his extended maternal family I began researching my own family history, and later, for clients who have ancestry in my home county of Buckinghamshire. I have fourteen years experience in genealogical research and have also completed several house histories.
My knowledge of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire is not just confined to the records available in the Centre for Bucks Studies or the Oxford History Centre, and the several local studies departments in these counties. The word of mouth knowledge and contacts that I have accumulated in the many years I have lived in the Chilterns area have, on occasions, been invaluable additions to my research. In addition, I also have personal ancestry in both these counties.
I am on the Register of Qualified Genealogists and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. In addition, locally I have membership to the Bucks Archaeological Society and the Bucks Record Society. I am also on the list of freelance researchers at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury.
Research from £20.00 per hour. Complete list of Fees and Terms at Bucks Heritage Research website: www.bucksheritage.co.uk