Genealogical and historical researcher, and lecturer.
I began researching my own family history in 1975 after reading an article in a magazine about money left in Chancery. Needless to say I didn't find any belonging to me! My family came from the Midlands but I was living on the south coast, in Hampshire, so I began to research the history of my house instead. That led inevitably to researching the history of the village. I was already teaching in further education and so I began to teach courses in palaeography and in researching the history of vernacular buildings and their occupants.
When I moved to Dorset in 1999 I continued to teach, but then I gradually moved to making professional research my primary occupation. Since 2000 I have continued to gain experience in research, working primarily with records in the west country but increasingly all over the UK. In 2018 I relocated to the Midlands, which was where I grew up, so I am now ideally placed to visit archives in Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
Having spent over 30 years working as an examiner, I am very focused on accuracy of information and accuracy of recording. I try very hard to "get it right" but I am also interested in the research I do and in social history. I try to develop a good relationship with my clients. Some only ask for an hour or so of research but some have come back time after time with requests for more branches to be explored. Some still keep in touch with letters and cards many years after our working relationship has come to an end.
I am now semi-retired but I enjoy the challenge of research so I continue to take on projects that interest me.