Les Mitchinson DipGen

Les Mitchinson


My LMentary Family History service offers family history research across the south coast using the records held in the local record offices of Hampshire, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon; family history research in other parts of the United Kingdom will also be considered. In addition to my experience using local family history records I visit the National Archives where I put my military experience to good effect researching the records of the Army, Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force. If you want to discover what your ancestor did at Waterloo, Trafalgar, Jutland or Rorke's Drift, then give me a call.


I have been a tutor with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) since 2010, guiding students towards the Institute's Higher Certificate in Genealogy, and in January 2017 became the IHGS Director of Education.   In addition to my tutorial duties I have a well-established education service in Petersfield, Hampshire, offering family history courses that cater for the absolute beginner through to a mentoring package for the student seeking the nationally recognised Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies (IHGS) Diploma in Genealogy. Apart from my structured courses I also hold family history days, a programme of talks and modules covering a wide-range of subjects that include: palaeography, how to draw a pedigree tree and how to organise your research, your computer and your desk! My website provides information on forthcoming events and the latest availability updates.


Finally I offer a wide-selection of family history talks and I travel throughout Hampshire and further afield into Buckinghamshire, Dorset, London, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex, giving talks to family history and U3A groups and local history societies. Please visit the 'Talks' section of my website for my latest list of titles.

Contact Les Mitchinson

Telephone: 01730 264472

Mobile: 07759 119603

Email: lmentary@talktalk.net

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7a The Causeway
GU31 4JT

''Absolutely brilliant, I have learnt so much from this course''
(Exploring the Archives Diploma in Genealogy Family History Course)

Lucy B, Devon

The presentation on pedigree trees was invaluable. I have now produced my first chart on my PC and I must say it is looking good!   

S.O. Hants

''If you are starting out or continuing your family history take a Les Mitchinson course.''

(Practical Family History Course)

A.B. Petersfield, Hants

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  • Family History
  • Hampshire Research
  • Military & Naval Research
  • Sussex Research
  • Surrey Research
  • Family Trees
  • Wiltshire Research
  • Speakers / Talks
  • Dorset Research
  • Tutors / Trainers
Box A, 14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA