I am a professional genealogist offering genealogy and family history research services to people whose ancestors lived in Somerset, Devon and other counties in the south west of England.
I have studied for and been awarded a Diploma in Genealogy, an advanced qualification demonstrating a thorough knowledge of sources and techniques and the expertise to carry out professional research for clients, and am also a full member of AGRA, the only body in England for the accreditation and regulation of professional genealogists, which requires members to demonstrate a high level of competence.
Why choose a professionally-qualified genealogist?
To be able to carry out effective research for other people with ancestors from a diversity of backgrounds requires knowledge and experience of a corresponding diverse portfolio of genealogical sources, far wider than what is typically encountered even in many years of intensive personal research.
People without relevant formal qualifications offering family history research services often claim to have many years' experience, but much of this may be limited to researching their own ancestors.
Apart from personal recommendation, the only way you can be assured of a researcher's overall competence is if their knowledge and ability have been independently verified, by the award of a relevant qualification, membership of a professional body requiring evidence of competence, or both, as in my case.
Some researchers seek to impress potential clients by stating that they are members of the Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and various family history societies, but none of these organisations require any evidence of professional competence as a condition of membership.
As well as details of my services as a professional genealogist, there is also information on this website about my research into the ancestry of William Davenport, an ancestor of Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.