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' or finding out more about the lives of ancestors who have already been identified.
There is no 'one-stop-shop' for online research, so finding the information that is available online is often dependent on using several different websites, some of which require a subscription, and understanding and effectively using the advanced search features of each.
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 people researching their own family history, even those with several decades of experience. Some family history researchers seek to develop a hobby into a source of income by calling themselves professional genealogists, but relatively few are professionally qualified.
I hold 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 and am also a Member of 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.