I offer a genealogy and family history research service for people whose ancestors lived in Somerset, Devon and other counties in the south west of England. I carry out research both for newcomers to family history who prefer to have research carried out by a professional and for more experienced researchers unable to visit the south west.
Although many indexes and digitised documents relevant to family history research are now available online, they represent only the tip of the iceberg. Many other sources are only available in their original format in local repositories, and are often the key to overcoming 'brick walls' and finding out more about the lives of ancestors who have already been identified.
I have been awarded a Diploma in Genealogy, a postgraduate-level qualification demonstrating a thorough knowledge of sources and techniques and the expertise to carry out professional research for clients. I am also a Member of AGRA, and have carried out research for hundreds of clients both in the UK and overseas.
The range of sources used when carrying out research for clients with ancestors from a diversity of backgrounds is far wider than is typically encountered by amateur researchers, even those with several decades of experience. Many people seek to develop a hobby into a source of income by calling themselves professional genealogists, but relatively few are professionally-qualified.
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.