Founded in 1982, while researching for my PhD in the Department of History at The University of Reading (research based on a family reconstitution study of seven Berkshire parishes in the Eighteenth century). I have been a full time genealogist and historical researcher since 1987 working in numerous archives and a multitude of extremely varied historical sources from the 15th century to the present. Whilst now geographically based in The Midlands, I travel throughout the country to undertake commissions for my international clientele primarily researching in archives based in Berkshire, Birmingham, Derbyshire, Dudley, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lichfield, London, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire but elsewhere as required.
I undertake most types of historical research and have considerable experience in biographical research; property and house histories; legal, probate and transportation records; ecclesiastical sources including church courts and nonconformity; historical demography; the Theatre; in addition to genealogical cases.
A stickler for accuracy, I always treat any genealogical case with terrier-like determination and have many times had to unpick another individual's research to ensure the correct line is traced. With so many sources now available on-line the nature of research has changed over the years but in essence it is the same: the need for total accuracy. Many clients now come with apparently intractable problems both of an historical nature and more recent family issues (such as tracing possible living relatives) but many cases have been resolved to their satisfaction.
Transcripts of English manuscripts are also undertaken.
I served for sixteen years on the AGRA Council (1988-2004) several of which as Chairman (1990-1993, 1997-2004) and am keen to see the promotion and maintenance of high professional standards in the field of genealogy and archive research. I was elected a Fellow of AGRA in 2011 when the Association introduced this award and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists several years earlier in 2006 "having rendered distinguished services to genealogy".
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