About Us

Since obtaining my MA Hons degree from the University of St. Andrews I have spent all my working life carrying out historical and genealogical research for clients, in archives and libraries throughout the UK.  I specialise in Chancery records and those relating to property, particularly those in the 16th and 17th centuries.

·         General research experience:

o        Over forty years experience as a full time independent researcher

o        Experience of archives in England and Scotland, currently working on projects in London, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Surrey, Wales and early emigrants to America

o        Thorough familiarity with a wide variety of national and local sources

·         Periods covered:

o        Late medieval to 19th century

·         Skills:

o        Experienced palaeographer

o        Ability to identify, locate, read and interpret complicated legal records particularly Chancery records and Crown Estate records

·         Picture research:

o        Documentary illustration of research identified and provided for clients’ publications

o        Project to identify and provide good quality ‘nice looking’ relevant documents in National Archives as illustrations for ‘Guide to American Law’ successfully completed

·         Current reader tickets held:

o        National Archives

o        Dozens of county archives

o        British Library for printed books, manuscripts, newspapers and India Office records

·         Formal positions:

o        Trustee of the British Association for Local History

o        Former representative of Medieval and Early Modern readers on the User Advisory Group at the National Archives

o        Accredited member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives

o        Chairman of the South West Regional group of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives

o        Chairman of the Community of Specialist Researchers

o        Secretary of Wincanton & District Museum and History Society

·         Memberships:

o        Friends of the National Archives

o        The Society of Genealogists

o        Archives for London

o        Many family history, local history, and record societies

·         Publications:

o        Tracing your Ancestors through the Equity Courts, published by Pen & Sword 2017

o        Family Feuds - An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings, published by the Federation of Family History Societies, 2003

o        Articles on Chancery records in The Local Historian and in many family history journals

·         Teaching, lecturing and mentoring :

o        Tutor for annual 5 week online course on deeds and Chancery records, as the final module for the Advanced Family History Skills & Strategies Distance Learning Course run by Pharos and the Society of Genealogists

o        Course of 6 modules on Chancery records written for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in Toronto

o        Workshop on Chancery records for the tutor led part of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies diploma

o        Workshop on Chancery records for the Society of Genealogists

o        Lectures on Chancery Proceedings to national family history conferences and local and family history society meetings

o        Paid internships on Chancery records

o        Mentoring of students considering a career in archival research

o        Work experience days for 6th form students introducing the National Archives as a place of wonder