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 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.
Why choose a professionally-qualified genealogist?
The ability to carry out effective research for clients with ancestors from a diversity of backgrounds requires knowledge and experience of a correspondingly diverse portfolio of genealogical sources, far wider than is typically encountered even in many years of intensive personal research. Although some people offering paid research services with no relevant qualifications but many years' experience may be very competent researchers, the knowledge and experience of others may be more limited.
Apart from personal recommendation, the only way you can assess a researcher's overall competence is if their knowledge and ability have been independently verified, by passing an examination, fulfilling the entry requirements of a professional body, or both.
Some researchers seek to impress potential clients by listing all the organisations they belong to, such as the Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and various local family history societies, but the only organisation for professional genealogists in England that requires evidence of competence as a condition of membership is AGRA.
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.