I am a professionally-qualified genealogist with more than 15 years’ experience of carrying out research. I have the Diploma in Genealogy and the Higher Certificate in Genealogical and Heraldic Studies (with distinction) from one of the foremost nationally-accredited organisations – the IHGS (Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies). I have an honours degree in French and have lived in both France and Germany. On my website you can see a wide range of testimonials which testify to my passion for research.
I have conducted research in East Sussex for many clients exploring a range of backgrounds and origins. I have helped clients to locate lost living relatives and even whole families which have been very rewarding and moving experiences. In a couple of my more memorable commissions we were able to reunite the descendants of siblings living in different countries. I have also carried out research for a range of publications including latterly "The Lost Watercolours of Edward Bawden".
As well as my expertise in UK-based research…..
With my knowledge of French and German I have carried out commissions for clients in France, Germany and Switzerland, and developed good links with genealogists in those countries. I also have close links with researchers in Italy, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland.
I have also…
- assisted clients to research ancestors in other countries, such as Jamaica, South Africa and Egypt and helped for families with Jewish ancestry (both Sephardi and Ashkenazi), as well as those with Huguenot roots.
- worked with Australian clients to trace their ancestral origins in various European countries.
Whatever your research requirements please contact me to schedule a free consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.
to hearing from you.
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A year ago today my family gathered in my sitting room to celebrate my eightieth birthday and gave me the most poignant gift I think I have ever received – your beautifully presented biography of my grandmother. What a stunning work of history you produced, Madeleine, from the relatively scanty facts with which you had to work! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. It is just overall a lovely book which has been produced with taste and loving care. You really entered into Kate Kenny’s life and times.
“My mother had spoken so much in years gone by about her Swiss father. The day I saw your advert in the ‘Preston Pages’ (…) and the fact you spoke French and German, was a turning point and at last I could find out more about my mother’s Swiss family. I never dreamt we would get back so far (…16th century). You also got me in touch with a distant cousin whom I had never met but soon will do thanks to you. I now have my mother’s family tree in all its glory and friends and family are really amazed when they see it. Thank you so much.”
Shaw research in Switzerland and Essex
“It seemed an impossible task to find my birth mother, and one that I had put off for so long that I feared she would no longer be alive. However, armed with very little information, you embarked upon this task with great enthusiasm. You left no stone unturned. I would never have achieved this without your help and am eternally grateful to you. I cannot recommend you too highly!”
Pye from Derbyshire