Genealogist, Writer, Broadcaster
Anthony is a professional genealogist, writer and broadcaster, and has been tracing family and home histories for over twenty years. He was Research Director of the supporting company of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and now runs his own successful genealogical practice in London. He traces family trees all over the world.
Research tends to fall into two broad categories – tracing family trees back from scratch, or undertaking research to solve problems for people who have already started, but have got stuck. He also seeks living relatives, and has particular interest in heraldry, using DNA for genealogy, surnames and ancient family trees.
Increasingly, records are becoming available on the Internet. These are used where appropriate, especially when the Internet allows large collections of material to be searched quickly. However, Internet resources are not a substitute to proper research, undertaken by properly trained researchers, using proper records, in archives. Too often now, it is on the Internet that research runs into difficulties, and mistakes are made. As ever, it is amongst the original records in the archives that problems are overcome and mistakes corrected.
Anthony is the resident genealogist for www.GenesReunited.co.uk.
His first book, Collins Tracing Your Family History (2004), contributed greatly to the increase in popularity of genealogy in the UK, and was soon followed by Collins Tracing Your Home’s History (2006), Full of Soup and Gold: the Life of Henry Jermyn (2006), Collins Need to Know? Tracing Your Family History (2007) and Collins Tracing Your Irish Family History (2007). His most recent book is Who Am I? The Family Tree Explorer, published by Quercus, and aimed at children, aged about 8-12 (though it contains much of interest to adults as well). He has co-presented several genealogy series, including Extraordinary Ancestors on Channel 4, Antiques Ghostshow on Living TV, Discovery Channel’s Ancestor Hunters, Radio 4’s Meet the Descendants and BBC1’s Gene Detectives, which he co-presented with Melanie Sykes. Anthony has written for the Sunday Times and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and has contributed articles on genealogy and architectural history to numerous magazines and journals.