I am a family history researcher based in the heart of West Yorkshire, ideally located for undertaking archive research in that county and the wider Yorkshire area.
My fascination for history is lifelong. I studied Modern History at Liverpool University, graduating with a BA (Hons). Afterwards I worked in the civil service as a policy manager, a role which involved a significant amount of planning, coordinating, research and writing. Throughout it all, I retained my love of history. This extended to researching my own family history, which is predominantly from Yorkshire and County Mayo, and undertaking formal learning and development.
In 2016 I completed the Pharos Tutors Family History Skills and Strategies (Intermediate) Certificate Course passing with a distinction, receiving the highest overall mark of students graduating that year. In September 2017 I became an Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) Associate. In 2018 I achieved a Distinction in the two-year Pharos Tutors Family History Skills and Strategies (Advanced) Distance Learning Course.
In terms of wider family and local history experience, I have a one-name study, Aveyard, registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. I am a committee member of the Batley History Group, and a member of several Family History Societies. I hold the position of editor for the Huddersfield and District Family History Society quarterly Journal which is issued to all the society members. I also write a family history column in Yorkshire nostalgia magazine “Down Your Way” and have an established family history blog.
In addition to Yorkshire research, I have a keen interest in Great War research frequently visiting the battlefields of the Western Front. In 2014 I published a booklet about the 76 men whose names are inscribed on the Batley St Mary of the Angels War Memorial which sold out.
My book about rugby league players who lost their lives in the Great War was published in September 2018: The Greatest Sacrifice: Fallen Heroes of the Northern Union
In 2017 I took a momentous step: I left my civil service career to pursue full-time my passion for history and family history research.
Please see my website for details about the family history services I provide.
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Congratulations on an excellent piece of research. It all fits perfectly.....I will no doubt read and re read your research several times before it all sinks in. There is a lot of other family information in there....I am sure I will come back to you to do more research as all my brick walls are in Yorkshire.
Thank you so much for your work. We were really impressed with amount of research you did in such a short time. If you are happy to continue on with research I would like that.
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